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Lower ball joint replacement for the 1st time

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Scouterdad, Jul 22, 2020.

  1. Jul 22, 2020 at 9:59 PM
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    Scouterdad

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    Hey gang, this is my first time posting a thread so bare with me.
    I'm collecting data to do my lower ball joints. The previous owner never had them done so they are still riveted in. If some of you more experienced fellas can walk me through the procedure or direct me to thread that does I would be most grateful. :thumbsup:
     
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  2. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:03 PM
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    Ask all the questions you want!

    We're all here to help; first off here are the part numbers -

    43340-39585 - Left side(driver side)
    43330-39815 - Right side(pass side)

    The rest is pretty easy; since you'll be doing them for the first time, make sure you soak the bolts in penetrating oil. That and expect the ball joint to scare ya when it 'pops' out of place.
     
  3. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:04 PM
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    Could you share a picture? I believe the ball joint itself has always been bolted on and the rivets I think you're referring to are the ones one the LCA that hold in the tapered mount for the ball joint
     
  4. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:07 PM
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  5. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:12 PM
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    Yes that is correct, a friend of mine had mentioned it and while he is not a Toyota guy he is a talented mechanic .
    so I crawled under there earlier and sure enough three big fat rivets . I need to remove those right ?
     
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    What rivets do you keep talking about?

    It's just 4 bolts and the nut that holds the ball joint to the lower control arm.

    Just take your time and don't rush anything as some have broken their bolts that hold the ball joint in place. Sucks when you have to remove your spindle to get it all apart.
     
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    No those 3 rivets are apart of the lower control arm. The lower ball joint is bolted to the spindle directly above that
     
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    Ah now I know what he's talking about :rofl:

    I was about to say "there are no rivets on the ball joint at all anywhere"
     
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  9. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:28 PM
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    Oh ok ! I see It looked like the balljoint was part of that lower assembly
    that is totally easier than what I thought . See you guys are awesome ! :headbang:
     
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    Yes that video was very helpful thank you !
     
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    Don't hesitate to ask whatever questions you have! I'm sure they'll always be someone here that made that mistake already :rofl:

    I knew instantly what you were talking about because I had a mid 80s VW that had the balljoints riveted in place. First ball joints I ever changed in my life :eek: and I was so damn confused.

    haha everything I've worked on since then has had the balljoints bolted in place :thumbsup:
     
  12. Jul 22, 2020 at 10:44 PM
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    I call my local steelership to check for recall and bam got then replace under a recall wont hurt to look into imo
     
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    The recall campaign is still active?
     
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    Did this job two weekends ago, it's not too difficult. If your tie rods or ball joints won't separate with hammering like the Low Range video, you'll want to use a Pitman puller. Also recommend picking up 8 new bolts for the LBJs (90119-10933).
     
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  15. Jul 23, 2020 at 6:12 PM
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    Just call the dealer with your bin they can tell you if ur truck still meets the recall .
     
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    Yes, I'm a novice when it comes to mechanics . I went the other direction in automotive, autobody.
    So, do I just ring up my nearest local Yota dealer and hit em up for LBJ replacement ?
     
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    That’s what I did an got lucky I guess end up being a free recall replacement LBJ ‘s
     
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    I have rivets I think still
     
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    Sounds good, I really appreciate everyone's input. Next time you guys are up here in North Id. lets have a Taco Thursday meet ! :mudding:
     

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