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Not sure what this is called, but is this "wet" look normal?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by phabej, Aug 15, 2019 at 9:24 AM.

  1. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:24 AM
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    phabej

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    Is this normal? And would it cause any noises when vehicle articulate?

    Driver side and passenger side.

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    UPDATE!! This is the nose I'm talking about.

    https://youtu.be/F98OpQyQT9w
     
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  2. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:34 AM
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    Upper ball joints are leaking. Not a good thing. I would have them looked at. If you hear noises or feel slop in the front end they are wearing out.
     
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  3. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    I read somewhere that most if not all Tundras with stock UCA's does this. It's completely normal and nothing major to worry about.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:44 AM
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    I hear noises on right turns, not so much on left turns. Worse on right turns,over right towns in parking lots, right turn on bumps turns out circular right turns (to test). Left isn't as pronounced.

    the dealership took a look at it last time I was in for service a but couple days ago they could not pinpoint the noise and I'm taking it back in this Monday for additional
    investigation. I'll let them know of what I found.

    No noises when driving straight, even over bumps
     
  5. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:53 AM
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    I've heard this as well
     
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    It looks normal and I wouldn’t expect it to be overly worn. They probably poked around after you mentioned a noise from there and that is the aftermath.
    The noise you mention sounds like a lower control arm bushing or a bad sway bar link.
    If it drives straight and doesn’t wander or have any bad darting side to side at highway speeds I wouldn’t worry about a bad ball joint.

    Do you yourself know how to check for bad ball joints and tie rods on the front end?
    Quick and dirty version..
    Raise the vehicle so the tire is in the air (support the vehicle with a jack stand). Grab the tire at 3 and 9 and try and rock it side to side. No play? Tie rods are okay.
    Next grab the tire at 6 and 12. Try and rock it up or down. This will check for play in the ball joints.
     
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  7. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:19 AM
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    Check them out or have them checked. My upper ball joints were shot by 30,000 miles. Lowers by 50,000 miles.
     
  8. Aug 15, 2019 at 10:27 AM
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    I just bought a 3 ton Jack, will try this on the weekend.

    I'm only at 9800. Less than 1 yr bought new.
     
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    Maybe they sprayed lubricant on the ball joint during trouble shooting at the dealer?
     
  10. Aug 15, 2019 at 12:28 PM
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    With less than 10k miles on it, I would not worry about it much. I have some experience with TRD UCA's/LCA's and here is what I can tell you from personal experience. When the ball joints go out, your steering will feel wobbly, especially going over uneven surfaces like reflectors on the lanes. Also, watch your tire ware. Uneven wear patterns or the front wearing out much sooner than the rear indicates a problem with your control arms/suspension.

    If your suspension is firm and handles like the day you drive it off the lot, it's most likely residual from the grease inside the boot. Grease will liquefy with heat; on a hot day the grease in the boot will turn soft and residual oil will leak where the boot mates with metal.

    As far as sounds when you turn, check the linkages in your suspension (tie rods, control arm linkage, etc.) These are all ball joint type connections that when they wear can get noisy or squeeky.

    Hope that helps.
     
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  11. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:32 PM
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    I'll let the tech know that Monday. See if they can pin point it
     
  12. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:40 PM
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    I think it’s from excessive grease and the grease getting warm. When my truck was new they were doing it. The ball joints aren’t a perfect seal so there’s bound to be a little saturation outside of it.
     
  13. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:45 PM
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    Something isn't right.. I'm lifted with stock uca's, 46k and dry as a bone..
     
  14. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:46 PM
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    Sounds like the grease guy put the prescribed amount in yours LOL or he was on vacation. I noticed mine after taking it off road and putting some flex into the joints.
     
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  15. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:58 PM
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    I would think that's more correct. Why would any manufacturer say leaking, seeping, sweating is okay??
     
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  16. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:59 PM
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    Especially if your hearing noises..I don't hear shit when turning.
     
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    It's normal for the Tundra to "seep" everywhere! they are changing the name to Seepundra starting 2022. I read that on the internet ...
     
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