Wondering if anyone here has lived through the dreaded Toyota Lower ball joint failure. The problem mostly affect the 01-02 Sequoia's. (There is actually a recall) Toyota realized they were not strong enough and Made them larger for 03- up. This has happened to me 3 times! First time - about 213k, pulling out of my driveway Second time - in the garage, 2 weeks later (same side) defective replacement part. 3rd time, 2 years later - Was going about 20 MPH, hit a bump. (this was the most damaging and the one in the pics) SO, I learned some valuable lessons. Only Replace with OEM parts, or the Sankei 555® (from Japan). Aftermarket parts from (autozone, napa, O'reilly, etc..) are just not strong enough. I believe it's the Grease bushing, or the greasable area, it's not strong enough for the sequoia weight. After The last failure, I was a more observant, and notices the grease been pushed out of Joint. So far, the New 555 are holding up great. Although, I still do not trust them, I will be upgrading to the 03-07 spindles once I can find some for decent price SO, If you have 01-02, you're probably covered under the recall as long as you have not lifted it yet. Otherwise, I STRONGLY suggest changing them out, especially if you're over 170k. They are relatively easy to change, so it well worth the preventative maintenance. 03-07 Owners, I have only heard of few cases where they have failed, so it not unheard of. I think Lifting the truck makes your chances go up substantially. The whole scenario is an engineering flaw that Toyota fixed starting with the GX-470, 03- up 4runner, 07-up Tundra, and 08-up Sequoia. The flipped the Ball joint upside down, so it cannot separate. I think the reason Toyota went with the failed design is it has worked great on the 86-95 Trucks and 4runners, but they had Torsion Bars, so the tension was on the upper ball joint, not the lower. With the Strut design, all the pressure is pushing the lower Control arm away from the spindle, this only a ball and socket holding it together. FIrst Break, pulling out of Driveway.. Luckily, there was only Fender damage. Second Break - in the garage (as I stopped) 2 weeks later. Last Break - 2 Years Later Gotta Love parking lot Repairs!! Bent just a bit..