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Lost tire going 70 down highway

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by houndsmen, Jun 30, 2012.

  1. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:44 PM
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    houndsmen

    houndsmen [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So I was on my way fishing when my lower ball joint broke goin 70 mph down the highway. That caused my upper ball joint to break and send my axle flying!!! The tire somehow ended up underneath the rocker panel just being held by the tie rod. I skidded about 200 ft before coming to a stop. How it didn't roll I have no clue??? I know I'm gonna need all those parts but do you guys think anything else could have bent??? Upper control arm?
     
  2. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:45 PM
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    rleeharris

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    :eek: Holy shit!
     
  3. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:46 PM
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    I have to ask, what model/year truck, was it lifted, etc?
     
  4. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:47 PM
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    Damn, glad you're ok.
     
  5. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:50 PM
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    Steves104x4

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    Oh, Man.
     
  6. Jun 30, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    Been there done that. Try having your tire and axle rod go flying past you and into on coming traffic at 70mph :). I have pictures to prove it.

    This was in a 99 ford ranger.
     
  7. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:42 PM
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    houndsmen

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    It's a 2001 with a toytec lift. I will post pics once I get to my computer I'm not sure how to do it on my iPhone.
     
  8. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:43 PM
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    Dam! Did you roll it? What else did u break on it
     
  9. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:51 PM
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    tacomakid96

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    Wow.. Makes me want to hustle to get my lower ball joint fixed
     
  10. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM
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    I have a '04 with the Toytec and my right side is popping... Lift has been on for 3 months and just for fun I checked and don't qualify for the recall. It seems you're ok, lucky you.
     
  11. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:52 PM
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    tacomakid96

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    Check your cv adam
     
  12. Jun 30, 2012 at 8:55 PM
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    Will do, thanks. I looked at the lower's and seemed like grease had been oozing out.
     
  13. Jun 30, 2012 at 9:14 PM
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    KenLyns

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    Ah, 1st gen, where the lower ball joint is inverted by design.
     
  14. Jul 1, 2012 at 8:50 AM
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    So I had just replaced my axles ball joints etc the whole front end. And I'm the type of guy who checks to make sure everything is tight every oil change which is 5k. I noticed my truck had a squeak n popping noise n I couldn't figure it out. Well I guess I know what it was now lol I hope the insurance will cover it I have full coverage.
     
  15. Jul 1, 2012 at 8:51 AM
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    stock.....for now...
    Find out if your truck was a part of the ball joint recall. Visit a dealer and bring your VIN#.

    edit...just read your last post^^^


    What brand BJ's did you go with?
     
  16. Jul 1, 2012 at 10:19 AM
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    I bought them at autozone. Not the best place to probably buy them but I change them out once a year due to the fact that I'm always hunting.
     
  17. Jul 1, 2012 at 11:32 AM
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    cheap chinese parts are probably to blame.

    I would do the rebuild with MOOG parts. They are made in USA and Japan. Quality stuff.
     
  18. Jul 1, 2012 at 1:56 PM
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    Just an FYI, I replaced my lower ball joints about 1.5 months ago (Moog), and am now replacing the lower right again, so you never know.
     
  19. Jul 1, 2012 at 2:14 PM
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    trmarshall1

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    Happened on my 98,, about a year ago. Luckily I was going about 7 MPH in a parking lot. Still scared the shit out of me when my truck slammed into the asphalt and kept sliding. The parking lot had just been resurfaced, and I messed it up. Glad you are ok man.
     
  20. Jul 1, 2012 at 2:25 PM
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    Yea talk about scared!!! I had to run behind a tree after it stopped sliding! Lol I know its pretty bad cuz it looks bent. Hope they total it maybe I can strait axle it!
     
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