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Is this normal for ball joints?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by SpaceMonkey, Jul 8, 2010.

  1. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:45 PM
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    SpaceMonkey

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    I've been hearing a metal popping sound when I drive up my drive way or when I reverse and turn. Can't really find the source but looking under the truck today, I observed these differences in the ball-joints. Is this normal for them to be different?

    Driver side (notice the space above the LCA):
    [​IMG]

    Passenger side (no space):
    [​IMG]
     
  2. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:48 PM
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    HondaGM

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    looks like the ball joint has come out,or is there a ring or spacer under the joint itself
     
  3. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:53 PM
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    It looks like both sides are the same. The fist picture you are just seeing the open space between the ends of the snap ring and in the second picture we are looking at the back of the snap ring
     
  4. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM
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    That space looks like a C-Clip. That is normal for those.........someone correct me if I'm wrong.
     
  5. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:55 PM
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    Yep what he said^^^^
     
  6. Jul 8, 2010 at 7:57 PM
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    Hmmm...I see. Could the snap ring be worn down on the driver side so there is more play than normal? Thanks for the feedback.
     
  7. Jul 8, 2010 at 8:02 PM
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    HondaGM

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    whats all that juice on them
     
  8. Jul 8, 2010 at 8:03 PM
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    I sprayed some teflon lubricant on them. I'm trying to isolate annoying sound from around my suspension area.
     
  9. Jul 8, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    On an 06, highly unlikely. Those snap rings won't wear much if at all
     
  10. Jul 8, 2010 at 8:11 PM
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    If its an issue when turning I would take a look at your steering joints
     
  11. Jul 8, 2010 at 9:27 PM
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    No zerks on the joints?
     
  12. Jul 8, 2010 at 10:10 PM
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    Clicking while turning is usually a bad CV joint
     
  13. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:25 AM
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    He doesn't have those
     
  14. Jul 9, 2010 at 6:29 AM
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    do you have coilovers or are you stock?
     
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  16. Jul 9, 2010 at 7:02 AM
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    Mine pops when I back up and go forward, only after I installed the three inch lift spacer on front. I asumed it was the spring shifting back and forward when I was moving trying to settle. jmo
     
  17. Jul 9, 2010 at 7:10 AM
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    FWIW, I had a horrible popping sound when turning..Sounded like metal on metal. Turned out to be a rock stuck in the coil spring, near the spring perch.
     
  18. Jul 9, 2010 at 7:20 AM
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    I had the same problem. I brought it in for warranty service, and they said nothing was wrong. I left and it was doing it again. I was angry and raised hell. They took it in again and removed a rock between the body and the frame. I felt like a dumbass.
     
  19. Jul 9, 2010 at 8:16 AM
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    ^ Interesting comments on finding rocks. I'll check. I have bilstein 5100 shocks set at 1.75" with OEM springs. Sound is coming from the driver side.
     
  20. Jul 9, 2010 at 7:24 PM
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    Check your sway bar bushings and end links.
     
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