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Lower Control Arm Seized?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by spithead051, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. Apr 24, 2012 at 7:59 AM
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    spithead051

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    Hey all,

    I just installed my OME lift over the weekend and when I took the truck to my local shop to have it aligned they were unable to get the camber and caster into spec.

    The tech worked on it for a good 3 hours and then contacted me to explain that the alignment bolt in the driver's side lower control arm was seized into the bushing and that they would have to cut it out and replace the lower control arm.

    Even with the LR UCAs I put on, if they adjust those it will throw the toe out of whack and make the alignment worse. Currently I'm off by a full degree on camber and they said I've got about two weeks before my tires are wearing. A new LCA from Toyota is ~1800 which is difficult to swallow.

    I contacted Toyota and am taking it in tomorrow to have it looked at. I explained to them the lift and that I made NO modifications to the LCA so maybe I can swing this under warranty.

    Has anyone run into this before? From my searching I can't seem to find any other experiences like this. Thanks!
     
  2. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:05 AM
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    mjp2

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    Very common problem. The LCA pivots are not greased from the factory. The bolt and alignment cam will need to be cut out, new bushings pressed in, new alignment cams, and new bolt. The dealer will most likely tell you that you need a new lower control arm as they're not fond of the labor involved in removing the old bushings and pressing in the new ones.
     
  3. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:06 AM
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    I believe a few other members have run into this problem along with myself. When installing my fabtech kit, one of my lca bushing was seized. Ended up cutting it out. After the LCA was off the truck, tried using a shop press to press it out...no dice. Ended up having to burn the bushing out with an acetylene torch. New bushing and what not was around $100 from the dealership. The problem with these bushing is that they do not have zerks for greasing.
     
  4. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:09 AM
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    Damn, that blows! Is there anything that can be done to avoid this??
     
  5. Apr 24, 2012 at 8:10 AM
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    Yep. Remove the bolts and alignment cams, grease 'em, and reinstall.
     
  6. Apr 24, 2012 at 9:26 AM
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    Well, I've got an appointment with the dealer tomorrow. Hopefully they will work with me on covering it under warranty considering the lift would not have caused this problem, it just revealed it. Maybe that explains why there has been a squeaking from the front driver's side for the last year or so and it continued after all the suspension replacement.....
     
  7. Apr 24, 2012 at 2:46 PM
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    you would need an alignment after that though i think ???
     
  8. Apr 25, 2012 at 3:00 PM
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    Most than likely. It's possible to pop that stuff out without shifting anything if you're careful.
     
  9. Apr 25, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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    Just mark where all the cams fall in the support and you should be fine.
     
  10. Apr 25, 2012 at 3:07 PM
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    I have ran into the same problem when installing my LT kit.

    I would have the dealership cut the LCA out from the truck then see if they can press out the old bushings and press new ones in.
     
  11. Apr 25, 2012 at 3:16 PM
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    If you were local id help you out, sounds fun! Pressing/burning the bushing out, hell ya!
     
  12. Jul 28, 2012 at 10:46 AM
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    I've been spraying penetrating fluid on the bolts and around the bushings almost daily for the past 5 weeks. I have an oil change appointment in 2 day's and I'm getting the mechanic to see if the LCA bolts will break free now....I have to say, I don't have much faith in this but fingers crossed anyways.. I started with a large can of the red rust check deep penetrating fluid and I'm just about finished a can of the Sea foam deep creep fluid. I'll let you know what the outcome is..
     
  13. Jul 28, 2012 at 10:59 AM
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    When mine finally lock up, then it's just time to go to Total Chaos lowers...get some frame horn reinforcements for the mounts while in there. The *real* weak point of the stock LCAs on these trucks is the mount to the frame.
     
  14. Jul 29, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    Had the same problem when I changed my LCA bushings. Had to get them cut out.
     
  15. Jul 29, 2012 at 12:27 PM
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    Those Total Chaos LCA's are nice but damn are they pricey. I guess if I ever blow out an LCA I'll go with those considering they are still cheaper than a single Toyota LCA.
     
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    Get new cams, install poly bushings with anti seize Bushings available on EBay from Autowarehouse
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