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    Toyota Tacoma 2002-06

    Lower Ball Joints

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    Removal & Installation




    NOTE
    The lower ball joint is removed with the upper control arm.

    2-Wheel Drive
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    2.  
    3. Remove the wheel.
    4.  
    5. Support the lower control with a floor jack.
    6.  
    7. Remove or disconnect the following:

      Loosen the 2 lower ball joint set bolts
       
      Cotter pin and nut from the tie rod
       
      Tie rod from the ball joint bracket
       
      Cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint
       
      Lower ball joint from the lower control arm
       
      Both lower ball joint set bolts
       
      Ball joint from the suspension

      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Lower ball joint installation-2WD 2001-2004

       

    8.  

    To install:

    1. Install or connect the following:

      Lower ball joint to the steering knuckle and lower control arm
       
      Both lower ball joint set bolts; do not tighten the bolts at this time
       
      Lower ball joint nut to hold the lower ball joint to the lower control arm. Tighten the nut to 80 ft. lbs. (110 Nm).
       
      New cotter pin to the lower ball joint
       
      Tie rod end to the ball joint bracket. Tighten the nut to 53 ft. lbs. (72 Nm).
       
      New cotter pin to the tie rod end
       
      Tighten the both lower ball joint set bolts to 116 ft. lbs. (160 Nm).
       
      Wheel
       

    2.  
    3. Check the wheel alignment.
    4.  

    4-Wheel Drive
    1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
    2.  
    3. Remove or disconnect the following:

      Wheel
       
      Loosen the 4 lower ball joint set bolts
       
      Cotter pin and nut from the tie rod
       
      Tie rod from the ball joint bracket
       
      Cotter pin and nut from the lower ball joint
       
      Lower ball joint from the lower control arm
       
      4 lower ball joint set bolts
       
      Ball joint from the suspension

      Click image to see an enlarged view

      Fig. Lower ball joint installation-4WD 2001-2004

       

    4.  

    To install:

    1. Install or connect the following:

      Lower ball joint to the steering knuckle and lower control arm
       
      4 lower ball joint set bolts; do not tighten the bolts at this time
       
      Lower ball joint-to-lower control arm nut. Tighten the nut to 103 ft. lbs. (140 Nm).
       
      New cotter pin to the lower ball joint
       
      Tie rod end to the ball joint bracket. Tighten the nut to 67 ft. lbs. (90 Nm).
       
      New cotter pin to the tie rod end
       
      Tighten the lower ball joint set bolts to 59 ft. lbs. (80 Nm).
       
      Wheel
       

    2.  
    3. Check the wheel alignment.
    4.  

     
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