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Old 10-02-2012, 08:31 PM   #1
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Brake clunk

Hey everyone I have just recently gotten an 06 tacoma trd off road. I have a really weird sound coming from my front end when I'm going under 30 mph that clicks when I press on the brake pedal. At first I thought it could be the transmission just dropping into first (I had a couple of Fords that did that) but I realized it happens when I press the brake pedal. I have not had time to take a look just yet, but I will look soon. If anyone has any ideas please let me know.
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its the brake pads. for the most part normal. I've seen alot of tacos do it... depending on your mileage, they could be getting low, but mine always do it when I change directions and the first time I step on the brake going in that direction.
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I get that, too, but I thought it was coming from the rear. It happens the first time I press my brakes while backing up.
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Old 10-18-2012, 02:46 PM   #4
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its the brake pads. for the most part normal. I've seen alot of tacos do it... depending on your mileage, they could be getting low, but mine always do it when I change directions and the first time I step on the brake going in that direction.
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It's normal, mine do it when I back out of my driveway.
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Old 12-27-2012, 09:00 PM   #6
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its the brake pads. for the most part normal. I've seen alot of tacos do it... depending on your mileage, they could be getting low, but mine always do it when I change directions and the first time I step on the brake going in that direction.
This is so crazy. I HATE listening to that clunk. For the first time in my life I spent a lot of money to buy a vehicle, and was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with bad noises and broken crap. So far the Tacoma is not holding up its end on that.

How is clunking brakes just expected to be "normal"? Why can every other vehicle sold avoid this problem?

Has anybody figured out a fix for this?
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This is so crazy. I HATE listening to that clunk. For the first time in my life I spent a lot of money to buy a vehicle, and was hoping I wouldn't have to deal with bad noises and broken crap. So far the Tacoma is not holding up its end on that.

How is clunking brakes just expected to be "normal"? Why can every other vehicle sold avoid this problem?

Has anybody figured out a fix for this?
Get new pads......

I had the clunk for a good couple years....(or more, can't remember). It would happen mostly when changing direction the first time and applying the brakes.

This past summer, I had my rotors turned and changed the pads...greased pins, new anti-squeel material .... and the clunk is completely gone.

Perhaps this is something that occurs when the pads are getting worn. Mine had about 3/16" of pad left @ 52,000 Miles. I installed OEM brake pads.
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I pulled mine off to see what the clunk was, seems to be the rotor.
If you look at the rotor and the holes for the lugs, there's a bit of space. When changing directions, or applying brakes under 30mph the rotor is stopped, but the hub/lugs keep rotating until they knock the other side of lug holes.
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I pulled mine off to see what the clunk was, seems to be the rotor.
If you look at the rotor and the holes for the lugs, there's a bit of space. When changing directions, or applying brakes under 30mph the rotor is stopped, but the hub/lugs keep rotating until they knock the other side of lug holes.
Got any picts? Having a hard time thinking of what you're referring to.

If you're saying, the rotor is slipping between the hub & lug nuts in the holes - then you don't have the wheels torqued tight enough (and not even close). I believe the factory torque spec is 85ft lbs. I use 100ft lbs.

The lug nuts are what hold the rotor & wheel tightly to the hub. If there's any slop or play ..it's not tight enough. Unless you're referring to something else.
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When I ordered new pads and rotors and installed them, I heard a bad clunking noise. It ended up being the rotors. The lug holes were 1 mm larger than the rotors I replaced. I returned those and got a new set and the holes were the same size are the originals I replaced. The Noise went away. I torqued the wheels to spec with both sets of rotors.

You can see the extra space with this picture.
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Glad to know this is somewhat normal. I've been trying to locate this clunk for the longest time. I used to think it was my lift, but then I realized it was when I used the brake, usually after just having backed up/starting in motion/having the wheels turned, etc.
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When I ordered new pads and rotors and installed them, I heard a bad clunking noise. It ended up being the rotors. The lug holes were 1 mm larger than the rotors I replaced. I returned those and got a new set and the holes were the same size are the originals I replaced. The Noise went away. I torqued the wheels to spec with both sets of rotors.
Improper parts certainly won't help. !!
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If it's the rotor holes like in that picture, would it be possible to make some kind of sleeves to put over the lugs to stop the "clunk"? Or is that just too high stress of an area for something to stay in there?

I bought my Tacoma from a dealership with about 20,000 miles on it. I would assume that the stock rotors are still on there. Could the stock rotors have the wrong size holes?
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If it's the rotor holes like in that picture, would it be possible to make some kind of sleeves to put over the lugs to stop the "clunk"? Or is that just too high stress of an area for something to stay in there?
Get the right fitting parts.

Putting sleeves in is like a band-aid.

How many miles on the truck? What do the rotors/pads look like?

I had a clunk - factory rotors and pads with 55k miles on them. I was due for a brake change (only 3/16th material left. I changed my pads and had the rotors turned and no more clunk.
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Improper parts certainly won't help. !!
What was odd is that the part numbers of the new set were the same as the ones with the wrong sized holes. The first set must have been packaged incorrectly from the factory.
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Get the right fitting parts.

Putting sleeves in is like a band-aid.

How many miles on the truck? What do the rotors/pads look like?

I had a clunk - factory rotors and pads with 55k miles on them. I was due for a brake change (only 3/16th material left. I changed my pads and had the rotors turned and no more clunk.
I'm at 58,000. How would turning the rotors solve the problem of loose lug holes?
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I had a horrible clunk like you describe.. Just replaced pads and rotors last weekend and the clunk is gone..
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I'm at 58,000. How would turning the rotors solve the problem of loose lug holes?
I never said it would.....

The person who mentioned the large lug holes -appears to be uncertain if that's the case. Highly doubtful that stock rotors from the factory would be improperly sized.

Hence - I mentioned that I had a similar clunk as my brakes got older. I changed my pads and had my rotors turned and the clunk went away. I always have my rotors turned when I change pads.
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I never said it would.....

The person who mentioned the large lug holes -appears to be uncertain if that's the case. Highly doubtful that stock rotors from the factory would be improperly sized.

Hence - I mentioned that I had a similar clunk as my brakes got older. I changed my pads and had my rotors turned and the clunk went away. I always have my rotors turned when I change pads.

Oops. I guess I read too much into your post following the other posts, and inferred that you were also saying the lug holes were too large.
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The noises is cause by the brake pads due to the play that they have on the slide pins and in the caliper. The pads need to be lubed on each end and the noise will go away.
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