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Lower Ball Joint failure

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Rockman7, Jul 15, 2015.

  1. Jul 15, 2015 at 2:29 PM
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    Rockman7

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    I have a 2005 Tundra and recently had my lower ball joint on the drivers side fail...for the second time. Thought perhaps the first was a faulty part (master pro) but replaced with an import direct part and it failed also. I had a 2.5" rough country leveling kit put on about a year ago. At first had some popping noises but snugged everything down and replaced bushings on the sway bar link and that seemed to stop the noise. Then I took a right hand turn and when straightening out my steering seemed a little loose. Next thing I knew the ball joint just dropped out sending the left side crashing down on the tire and control arm. Anyone else have an issue with the ball joint after installing a leveler kit? Seems something is on a bind?
     
  2. Jul 15, 2015 at 3:37 PM
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    Sounds like your ball joint was maxed out causing the failure.

    I have heard I have a 03 tundra btw that the rough country lifts are problematic on our trucks my mine will stay stock height.

    Problem is no matter where you buy the part it will come from china just comes in a different box for aftermarket.

    Best thing is to replace the ball joint maybe toyota ball joint and get it in the alignment shop and see what is going on and see whats maxed out and above all why.
     
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  3. Jul 16, 2015 at 5:30 AM
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  4. Jul 16, 2015 at 7:23 AM
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    Wow, that is definitely a failure. Probably caused damage to the upper control arm ball joint and CV.
    I had a lower ball joint go out in my 07 Tacoma. Not a full failure but was making popping noises. I just replaced with factory LCA and didn't have problems after.
    As Mike pointed out there may be something else causing the failures that needs to be corrected. Getting a new LCA or ball joint wont fix the issue.
     
  5. Jul 16, 2015 at 7:33 AM
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    I'm thinking the upper ball joint may not be a happy camper too. Not a pretty sight.
     
  6. Jul 16, 2015 at 3:02 PM
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    That ball joint was sheared with stress. I will make a recommendation here replace all 4 ball joints upper and lower and get it to a alignment shop asap.
     
  7. Jul 16, 2015 at 5:09 PM
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    Is it lifted? I'd recommend not using aftermarket parts. Oem bj's are always the way to go....
     
  8. Nov 11, 2015 at 9:52 PM
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    great.....so If I wanted to lift my 2005 I would have to replace UCA, LCR, upper and lower ball joints too?
     
  9. Nov 11, 2015 at 10:33 PM
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    Ball joints are pressed in and come with oem upper and lower control arms.

    Failure of ball joints happens. Lifts cause a different angle on the upper and lower ball joints/control arms than stock. This can cause premature wear.

    Just getting a lift doesn't mean you have to replace. Wait till they get bad before replacing, could be a long time before needed. I am currently a 3/1 lift and still have oem stock upper and lower control arms.
     
  10. Nov 12, 2015 at 6:27 AM
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    When are you going to install your TTec SPC's?
     
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