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Lower Ball Joints

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by scalfee90, Sep 29, 2011.

  1. Sep 29, 2011 at 8:24 AM
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    scalfee90

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    For those who didn't know, Toyota had recalls on the lower ball joints around 2002 through 2004. Mine recently broke on my '99 and gave me a scare, I would urge everyone to check them out for safety.

    Heres a link to some recalls throughout the years if you wanna take a look at some.
    http://www.dealerrater.com/recalls/Toyota/TACOMA/

    On with the tread! Share your pictures and stories!
     
  2. Sep 29, 2011 at 8:41 AM
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    UndefinedTaco

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    It's an 89 Toyota Pickup. I got some stuff done to it.. FJ axles going under it soon.
    Yerp..old news but thanks for the info again.

    I was in a truck it happened too..good ol' famous speedbump BJ break.
     
  4. Sep 29, 2011 at 10:38 AM
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    So I'm looking at this recall, it says Toyota will replace it free of charge (it includes 2002 4Runners)? Does this include a 3" lift with 33s?
     
  5. Sep 29, 2011 at 10:46 AM
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    Yeah I took mine in to have a lower ball joints replaced with the lift/tires. No problem. Free of charge, even the alignment.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. Sep 29, 2011 at 10:51 AM
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    Ok cool. Thanks. Hopefully I'll have the same luck you did. :D


    Did you just print out the recall and bring it? Or did you just take it in and they did it with no hassle?
     
  7. Sep 29, 2011 at 10:53 AM
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    I called them first and they ran the VIN and confirmed that there was a recall so we scheduled the replacement. I guess if they give you shit, run the VIN on the Toyota website and bring in the print out.
     
  8. Sep 29, 2011 at 10:54 AM
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    Thanks for this info, just ran my vin and this service has not been done to my 02' Taco calling 2moro for an appt..
     
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    bunch of miles, scars and dirt..
    Will they replace them regardless of the condition? (if they look Ok?)
     
  11. Sep 29, 2011 at 7:17 PM
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    A recall is a recall, they should replace it no matter the condition.
     
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    nice. i'm going to do my lift then schedule an appt. for the recall. i like the sound of a free alignment:D.
     
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    Could this apply to the 1999?
     
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    I dunno but I checked my vin and it didn't apply to my 99 prerunner 3rz..

    I did em myself anyway last weekend. Not to bad of a job I say a 4 out of 10 for difficulty
     
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    Looks like it only covers '01-'04. Could always double check with the dealer or the toyota site I guess.
     
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    Where is the best place to purchase from?

    Thanks for the help.
     
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    What is the torque spec on the 4 bolts that hold the ball joint on?
     
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    It will start squealing bad when you turn and hit bumps really bad like a ford explorer, then you NEED to replace them! I heard mine squeaking for about 4 or 5 days prior to it coming apart.
     
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