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post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-01-2019, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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Epic Fail (Non Mustang)

Whilst driving to get dinner tonight, this happened to my ‘99 4Runner. Fortunately, I was alone and only traveling 25-30 MPH. No bumps, no potholes, no dips...catastrophic failure. No brakes, no steering.

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post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 09-02-2019, 12:58 AM
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[email protected]! Glad you're alright!
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Wow that stinks glad to hear that you are alright. You didn't have any warning? It just snapped? Definitely good you weren't going to much faster.
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Are you sure you weren't having flashbacks of Hallett and leaning on it a little?

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Looks like the lower ball joint failed?

Guess it's time for a big Rock Auto order....
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If you have collision coverage....you must have hit a pot hole and then this....it pays for resulting damage, but not the cause, such as a wore out cv joint.........worth a call if nothing else...
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Am I seeing the pic right... did the LCA just snap

I had a LCA snap on me on an 86 Toyota truck back in like 1997, but it was a horribly rusted NY truck. I was actually lucky it was damn near a blizzard out, so I was only going 10 mph.

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Think Interstate @ 75 mph,.....could have been much worse!
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I had a Tundra do the same thing... twice! Glad you weren't hurt!!

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lower ball joint

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I had a Tundra do the same thing... twice! Glad you weren't hurt!!
I have a 2002 4 runner there was a recall on them for the Lower Ball Joint
Check with Toyota it may be part of the recall


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Wow !

Glad you're ok.

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Bad design for this model year apparently. The Lower ball joint is under tension rather than compression allowing it to separate after normal wear. Shame on me for not having replaced them when I purchased the vehicle...315K miles.

https://www.toyota-4runner.org/3175578-post169.html

The ball and pin are still 100% in tact. The boots weren't even cracked.

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You might want to check the brakes while you are at it

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