Its s design flaw in the balljoints on the Prado and other 4X4's that share the same chassis. Hilux Surf's, Toyota Tacoma's etc...
There's been cases where people have had them fail on the freeways with catastrophic consequences.
They were recalled, but they re-designed component was exactly the same but with an extra dust boot - Which my Prado had done -_-
A family got wiped out in the Northern Territories because of it.
I inspected them a week ago to make sure they were fine, and found about 1mm play in the passenger side LBJ, so I booked it in to get both sides replaced.
Went to pick up some stuff from my old apartment and suddenly, loud bang, my side of the car dropped and my thought process was "Okay, so, this is happening!"
I now have a DC Shoe shaped dent in the fender, and a $1100 bill to get all the damaged components replaced.
Silver linings though, now that it's gonna have a reconditioned front end (essentially), I should be able to sell it for some decent cash to help fund my trip to Japan and move out of Melbourne, because I Canoeing hate it. It's been a horrible experience but that's another story ahaha.
Moral of the story - Don't buy a 95 Series Landcruiser / Prado. They're genuinely dangerous. It's nt like it's a lack of maintenance thingy either, it's the way the LCA, and LBJ's are designed. They're essentially upside down, so they can go at any time.
Which is why I was Canoeing stumped that the side that had no play, was the side that didn't give way. Beats me. I'm not a mechanic so if anyone can shed some light on this, then please feel free! The side that gave way, the dust boots weren't perished, and they had plenty of grease. So, Canoe knows.
I know them feels. Small things going wrong is annoying, but when it's a big thing like that, then it's just a proper bummer.
Is it completely borked?
Randomly losing drive. Nearly stranded me in a traffic jam two weeks ago so have just parked it up until I can afford to get it looked at. Too many places round here I don't want to get stuck (Especially in the dark or fog at this time of year).
Shout, shout. Let it all out. MX5's is what we're all about.
wannabe: I didn't watch it live but saw some of the highlights - one crash saw a Lotus Elite(?) crashed into and the front end ripped off on the tyre wall, with a 250GTO also smashed up IIRC! Expensive hobby... lol
Oct 26, 2020 17:29:30 GMT
Zed.: bored with this weather now.....
Nov 1, 2020 12:23:13 GMT
mrgamer: learning out to quilt
Nov 10, 2020 13:08:55 GMT
Zed.: and, back to the new normal - lockdown
Dec 26, 2020 20:55:59 GMT
howardb66: Think its coming to the rest of us today...
Dec 30, 2020 10:07:14 GMT
Zed.: Welcome to the new now
Dec 30, 2020 22:03:03 GMT
wannabe: Are we all looking forward to what Boris's Magic 8 Ball will bring us in his latest press conference, tonight at 8pm? lol
Jan 4, 2021 16:54:09 GMT
Zed.: it dont matter, nobody abides to lockdown or tiers, theres gonna be a long time with WuFlu hanging around
Jan 5, 2021 0:50:28 GMT
howardb66: I totally agree zed. Think it should be more toughly enforced.
Jan 5, 2021 10:02:01 GMT
atlex: After 20 years (with me, but it's 30+ years o) my Teng Socket Set has at last suffered a cracked socket, 14mm, after I used it with an impact wrench - Out of some sense of brand loyalty I've ordered a replacement socket... and yes I have some impact ones.
Jan 15, 2021 15:59:12 GMT
wannabe: That is pretty good value-for-money on a price/usage consideration!
Jan 15, 2021 16:57:13 GMT