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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.
     
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  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....
     
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  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.
     
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    When are you going to install your TTec SPC's?
     
  11. Apr 30, 2018 at 8:20 AM
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    I have a 2000 Tundra (not lifted). I just had the catastrophic ball joint failure on the drivers side front wheel. This happened when I was driving about 25 MPH. It was not a fun experience! I just had the truck at the dealership and had the steering wheel bushing replaced and a four wheel alignment (which is what they said it needed). They didn't say anything about the ball joints being bad! The failure occurred 9 days after the dealer service. I had the truck towed back to the dealer and I'm waiting to hear back from them.
     
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    What's happening guys? After so many years, I finally upgraded my rims to 18". Unfortunately, the alignment tech informed me that, due to wear and tear, my suspension system is shot. My dilemma is this, since my truck is currently on a leveling kit, what shock system should I use? the stock bilsteins or the 5100's?
     
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  15. May 20, 2018 at 12:28 PM
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    What exactly on your suspension is shot? The entire system or just shocks?
     
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