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hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
154,053 miles

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1998 Toyota 4Runner suspension problems

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1998 Toyota 4Runner Owner Comments

problem #3

May 052012

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 159,158 miles


The contact owns a 1998 Toyota 4runner. The contact stated that while entering a residential driveway at 5 mph, the front passenger ball joint failed. The failure caused the front passenger side of the vehicle to collapse. The contact stated the vehicle had an alignment performed eight days prior to the failure and there was no mention of any issues with the vehicle. The contact stated the failure also destroyed the inner and outer boot of the vehicle and caused grease to leak abnormally. The failure and the current mileages were 159,158. Updated 7/19/12 the consumer stated the failure of the lower ball joint caused the left front wheel to lodge in the fender, making it impossible to move. There was also damaged to the running board as well. Updated 07/23/12

- Tulsa, OK, USA

problem #2

Aug 042010


  • 223,000 miles
The contact owns a 1998 Toyota 4 runner. While driving 3 mph the contact heard a loud noise on the front passenger side of the vehicle. After examining the vehicle, the contact noticed that the front passenger side wheel was pointing in the opposite direction of the other front wheel. The contact also noticed that the lower ball joint had separated from the vehicle and the cv joint boot had separated from the axle. The vehicle was towed to a local mechanic where the upper and lower ball joints and cv joints were replaced. There were no prior warnings. The current and failure mileages were 223000.

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #1

Mar 022007

4Runner 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 80,000 miles
- the contact stated that while driving the 1998 Toyota 4 runner with 80000 failure mileage at 15 mph the right front wheel came off. The vehicle needed to be towed. The mechanic stated that the upper and lower ball joints were sheared. The vehicle had been repaired. The current mileage was 106,870.

- Bellevue, TX, USA

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