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Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint Problems of Toyota Tacoma - part 1



Toyota Tacoma owners have reported 59 problems related to front suspension lower ball joint (under the suspension category).

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 1
Failure Date: 04/24/2014

After being driven on the highway approximately 60 miles, the 2001 Toyota Tacoma truck was being backed into the driveway when steering suddenly locked. Upon inspection, it was determined that the front passenger wheel was no longer attached to the car. The lower ball joint had failed. I determined that Toyota issued a recall for my vehicle model and year (NHTSA campaign number: 05v225000) for this issue, with the following consequence: the lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle causing loss of steering control and a crash could occur. It seems that our vehicle experienced this issue for which vehicles were recalled by Toyota. However, when I called Toyota, I was told that our VIN was not included in the recall and that Toyota was not willing to do anything. We had to spend the money and time to fix the failed ball joint and are considering replacing the driver side ball joint prophylactically as we no longer trust the wheels to remain on our truck. I have never seen a wheel come off a car. If the wheel had disengaged from our car 2 minutes prior, when the vehicle was moving at highway speeds, the consequences could have been severe. I am very disappointed that Toyota is not including our car in the recall - even though the exact same issue for which the recall was issued (for our vehicle model and year) occurred on our car. If the accident had happened at high speeds, someone would have died and a lawyer would be contacting Toyota and NHTSA. Perhaps the recall needs to be expanded!.

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car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2003 Toyota Tacoma 2
Failure Date: 12/18/2013

The contact owns a 2003 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while turning at 10 mph, the contact lost control of the steering wheel as the front driver's side dropped to the ground. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where the front suspension lower ball joint was found to be separated, causing the front suspension to fail. The manufacturer advised the contact that the VIN was not included in NHTSA campaign number 05v225000 (suspension). The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 175,640.

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car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 3
Failure Date: 12/31/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 3 mph, the driver's side lower ball joint fractured. The contact inspected the vehicle and discovered that the ball joint failed due to defective material, insufficient lubrication and the press fit of the ball join assembly was not correct. The contact replaced the lower ball joint assembly himself. The manufacturer was contacted and advised that the vehicle was not included in NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint). The failure and current mileage was 116,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4
Failure Date: 12/13/2012

While driving down a road at about 5 mph, my lower left ball joint (driver side) separated without any warning causing my truck to lose control as the entire truck collapsed onto my driver side tire, because the suspension was no longer holding it up. In the event that I had been going much faster (possibly even ten miles per hour) I feel that the wheel would have completely ripped off, causing extensive damage and complete loss of control. I then found out Toyota had made a recall on this part and when I contacted them, I was apparently 2 weeks past the recall window. I feel that the recall should be extended due to the sheer number of these trucks that are still on the road. When the lower ball joint fails, it is a catastrophic event that can very easily result in a crash.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 5
Failure Date: 08/24/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while traveling 25 mph, the front passenger side wheel separated from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a private mechanic where it was confirmed that the ball joint had failed, similar tothe defect listed in NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was contacted. The failure mileage was 220,000.

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car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 6
Failure Date: 08/20/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph the front driver side tire became detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to the contacts residence. The tow truck driver informed the contact of NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The manufacturer was made aware of the failure who did not offer any assistance. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 166,836.


car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 7
Failure Date: 07/02/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken in for a brake repair when the technician advised that the ball joints failed. The contact was told there was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint), but the manufacturer stated that the vehicle was not included in the recall. The failure and the current mileage was 144,000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 8
Failure Date: 05/13/2012

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma sr 5 extended cab. The contact was driving 3-4 mph when the vehicle drove over a road bump and the lower ball joint proceeded to detached from the passenger side front tire. The vehicle then unexpectedly drifted forward three feet. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop where it was confirmed that the lower ball joint detached and needed to be replaced, along with the brake line. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed the VIN failed to qualify for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number:05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The failure and current mileages were 129,660.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 9
Failure Date: 03/08/2012

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that the vehicle was taken to a local mechanic for routine maintenance when the mechanic advised that the frame was corroded. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for further inspection or repairs. The manufacturer was contacted and they advised that the VIN qualified for repairs under NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint) but the recall was expired. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 88,500 and the current mileage was 89,000.

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Failure Date: 01/30/2012

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 13 mph, the front driver’s side wheel detached from the vehicle. The wheel detached due to a fracture at the ball joint. An authorized dealer had not been notified. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure, but failed to offer any assistance because the vehicle was not included in the recall associated with NHTSA campaign id number 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). No repairs were performed. The failure and current mileages were 153,000.


 
car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 11
Failure Date: 12/14/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 2 mph and the front end of the vehicles passenger side collapsed to the ground. The vehicle was towed to an independent mechanic who stated the lower ball joint separated from the knuckle would need to be replaced. There was a recall related to the failure under NHTSA campaign id number 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint); however the VIN was not included. The vehicle was in the process of being repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the defect. The approximate failure mileage was 212,000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 12
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

While driving away from my house at 5mph, at night in the rain, approximately 200 feet from my driveway and just after a speed bump, I heard and felt a loud noise, like driving over a concrete block. I stopped the truck and using a flashlight saw that the wheel was bent at an angle and the lower ball joint was completely sheared off. Had to call a tow truck to get it out of the road and back to our driveway.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 13
Failure Date: 10/16/2011

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated the upper and lower ball joint failed on the front drivers side wheel and fell off. The contact towed the vehicle to the dealer who confirmed that the ball joint failed. The dealer stated there was a recall, but that the vehicle was no included in NHTSA recall campaign id number: 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint). The failure and current mileages was 175,000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 14
Failure Date: 12/10/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph and attempting a right turn when the frame fractured from the vehicle, leaving the wheel connected by the brake line only. The vehicle was towed to the contacts place of residence. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was contacted and they confirmed that there was a recall for that year, make and model (NHTSA campaign id number: 05v225000-suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint) but the recall did not include his VIN. The approximate failure mileage was 160,000.

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Failure Date: 12/01/2010

2002 Toyota Tacoma. Consumer states as he attempted to make a right turn, the front end of the vehicle fell apart while driving. Axle dug into the street causing the ball joints to separate from their knuckle sleeves. Suspension fell apart damaging the vehicle. The consumer stated the only thing holding the tire to the vehicle was the brake line. The consumer was advised his vehicle identification was not a part of the recall.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 16
Failure Date: 11/25/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that while driving 15 mph, he heard a loud pop while turning right and lost control of the vehicle. The contact pulled over. He noticed that the front passenger side tire disconnected from the lower control arm and folded beneath the passenger side fender. The vehicle was towed to a local repair shop. The contact was informed that recall 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint) did not include his vehicle. The failure mileage was approximately 88,000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 17
Failure Date: 10/21/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was traveling 55 mph when the front passenger wheel came off. Right before the wheel came off, the vehicle started pulling to the right. The vehicle was towed to a mechanic who stated that the vehicle experienced failure in the lower ball joint. The contact spoke with the manufacturer and was told that the vehicle was not included in the recall campaign 05v225000, suspension. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileages were 385000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 18
Failure Date: 08/26/2010

The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While the contact was traveling out of a curve in the road at approximately 25 mph, the wheel suddenly disengaged and rolled underneath the front driver side door. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they informed that the failure was related to the lower ball joint. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The lower ball joint failure caused other damages to the vehicle. The vehicle had not been repaired at the time of the complaint. The failure mileage was approximately 156,0000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 19
Failure Date: 06/19/2010

This is a long shot in the dark but its worth a try. Toyota has a recall out for the 2004 Toyota Tacoma ball joint. The recall summary : on certain sport utility vehicles, due to manufacturing issue in the front suspension lower ball joint, there is a possibility that the surface of the ball joint may have been scratched. The ball joint may eventually experience excessive wear and looseness, resulting in increased steering effort. Consequence: the lower ball joint may separate from the knuckle causing loss of steering control and a crash could occur. Remedy: dealer will replace the front suspension lower ball joints free of charge. The recall began on July 5, 2005. I own a 2004 Toyota Tacoma and I was coming home from los angeles my steering felt kind of funny felt like I had a flat tire so I pulled off the road and checked the tires but everything seemed to be fine I continued driving I came into town and turned onto vista chino off of the hwy 111 in palm springs all of a sudden the whole front of my truck collapsed and went sliding down the road not being able to stop thank god it didn't do that on the freeway or even in town someone could of lost a life I had it towed to the shell station at the corner I called Toyota and had it taken over to the dealer. I looked online to see if there were any recalls and sure enough there was. I called the recall number corporate Toyota they asked for my VIN# they said that my truck does not fall in under the recall. They had a tech fly out from the factory and said the same thing because my truck was manufactured on a different date. I have done some research and there a lot of consumers that are running into the same problem that I have been through with the VIN#. I could of lost my life or taken someone else's in this collision. Its obvious it is the same problem in the recall, tires just don't break at the ball joint while your driving tires should stay intact to your vehicle.

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Failure Date: 04/11/2010

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 30 mph when a loud noise was coming from the front end of the vehicle. The contact pulled over to the side of the road and inspected the vehicle. The ball joints on the front passenger side broke and the entire wheel detached causing damages to the axle. The vehicle was towed to his residence. The dealer was notified of the failure. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number 05v225000 (suspension: front: control arm: lower ball joint). The VIN was excluded from the recall. The manufacturer stated that the repairs would be at the owner expense. The failure mileage was 186,000.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2004 Toyota Tacoma 21
Failure Date: 02/06/2010

Feb 6,2010 as I was driving south on figueroa in highland park, the lower ball joint on right front tire completely broke causing my tire to fold under the truck. My vehicle is a 2004 Tacoma Toyota with101,560 miles. Since I was going about 20 mph, since it was raining at the time, there were no injuries, however if the failure had occurred on the freeway at much higher speeds, the failure could have resulted in my losing control and leading to a very serious accident, resulting in serious injury or even death. I had my truck towed to nearest repair shop and had the lower ball joint replaced. I went to the dealer where I originally purchased my truck, and I was dismissed, with service manager saying it was out of warranty, and the failure could happen any time. I did have two more contacts with this dealer (bob smith Toyota in la cresenta) but no help at all. I reported it to Toyota customer assistance in torrance, CA. And was told that this was not covered by any recall and there was nothing they could do (I spoke with dawn and the reference # is 10021153 of my call). I did more research and found that there was a recall on my model and year of my truck for the exact failure that occurred. The NHTSA campaign id# is 05v225000 and covers Toyota model Tacoma from 2001 to 2004. The NHTSA action # is ea04024. The description of the recall is the "component front control arm lower ball joint". Neverthe less I was told twice that my truck was not covered by the recall. Since the recall is listed by NHTSA I don't understand why I was told my truck was not covered. I feel this is very dangerous defect that can result in serious accidents. Also, what other action can I take to have the other lower ball checked to be sure it is safe, or replaced if necessary. I am retired, and I need to use this truck daily but feel very nervous when ever I drive it.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2002 Toyota Tacoma 22
Failure Date: 09/05/2009

My wife & I were traveling into bakersfield, (we're from arvin, CA) along bear mt. Blvd. On sat. Sept. 5, 2009 around 4:00 p. M. At about 60 mph and it became difficult for me to steer. Instead of going on the freeway, I decided to take an alternate rt. I came to a stop and began turning left at approx. 5- 10 mph & the r front tire folded out & the lower ball joint snapped. Luckily no one was hurt. We had to have the truck towed home. I ordered the lower ball joints on line so I could replace them. This is because when I contacted the Toyota dealership they informed me that my truck was not one on the recall list for this defective part. I am furious. I believe Toyota is liable for my damages. Before this occurred, I heard a few clicking & grinding sounds & thought maybe my power steering was going out. I had no idea it was ball joint failure, or I wouldn't have been driving it. I have my old defective parts. I also have another witness to this incidence besides my wife. He lives across the street from where this occurred & heard the loud boom when the truck hit the ground. I hope you look into this matter, as I would hate for someone else to experience what we did.

car image   Front Suspension Lower Ball Joint problem of the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 23
Failure Date: 04/07/2009

The contact owns a 2001 Toyota Tacoma. While attempting to make a left turn at 15 mph, the contact heard a popping noise coming from the front passenger side wheel. The tire detached from the vehicle. The vehicle was towed to a dealer and they stated that the ball joints failed, which caused the wheel to detach and the axle to fail. The insurance company inspected the vehicle and confirmed the ball joint failure. While the vehicle was being repaired, the insurance company notified the contact of NHTSA campaign id number 05v225000 (suspension:front:control arm:lower ball joint). The manufacturer stated that the VIN was excluded from the recall. He believes that the recall should have included his vehicle. The current and failure mileages were 134,000.

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Failure Date: 01/29/2009

2003 Toyota Tacoma 4wd crew cab pickup I would like to relate a recent experience I had with my 2003 Toyota pickup. I was driving the truck through a parking lot in largo, maryland on January 29, 2009. Suddenly there was a loud noise and the vehicle dropped down in the front end and I came to a stop. The front driver side wheel had dropped down into the wheel well. I had the vehicle towed by boswell auto service of waldorf, maryland near where I live. I was told by the mechanic that the castle nut on the driver side ball joint assembly had come off. I was told that this was an extraordinary event. The ball joint assembly separated and as a consequence front axle was broken as well. In reviewing my records I saw the recall for the lower ball joint for my Toyota. I had this recall work completed at waldorf Toyota on December 29, 2005. I brought this to the attention of the mechanic who fixed my truck. He told me I should make the dealership service department aware of this incident. In his opinion, this event should not happen if the ball joint castle nut is installed correctly. I took the information to waldorf Toyota on February 3, 2009. I spoke with the service manager (michael pavan, 301-843-3700, mpavan@toyotaofwaldorf. Com) and a man I believe was a mechanic or service supervisor. I showed them photographs and the broken ball joint assembly. They told me that the remnants of the cotter pin were still in so that they believe they had installed the castle nut correctly. I left the broken ball joint assembly with them. The service manager told me he would report it to his regional manager.

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Failure Date: 04/10/2008

I was not notified of several recalls on my 2002 Toyota Tacoma truck.