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2009 brakes soft?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by reg boulette, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. Jul 1, 2009 at 2:37 AM
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    reg boulette

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    Been driving my new 09 AC V6 4X4 for about a week. Brakes didn't seem up to par, but didn't really recognize how much until drove our Corolla, and used to the braking force needed for the truck, at first stop nearly put foot through the floor of the car.

    Anyone else with an 09 finding that the brakes are slow to react and need considerable pushing force in a quick stop? Will be checking with first dealer visit, but wondered if this was common among 09 owners.
     
  2. Jul 1, 2009 at 4:03 AM
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    Janster

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    That's totally normal for the 2nd gen trucks.

    A lot of folks are getting stainless steal braided brake lines under the assumption the OEM rubber lines are expanding.

    I personally haven't done anything. You get used to it.
     
  3. Jul 1, 2009 at 4:05 AM
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    jandrews

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    Soft brakes yes, slow to react, no. Have your dealer look at it.

    Soft brakes on the '09s are normal, but I've never had mine be slow to react. Just have to punch them a little harder than my other car for the same stopping power.
     
  4. Jul 1, 2009 at 4:09 AM
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    IMO, they're shit brakes. I really hate them and am putting up with them b/c I like the truck. They require a lot of force, and they're not "predictable". The pedal just doesn't have a lot of travel distance either. all the braking happens within 1/2". They feel like computer brakes. Really pissed at toyota for these brakes. I miss the brakes on my '85 Supra. Have to get used to them I guess.
     
  5. Jul 1, 2009 at 5:33 AM
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    Same here. My '92 Taurus wagon has better brake feel. I will say that <sometimes> my truck seems to have some sort of brake force distribution thing going on and the brakes seem to actually work fine. Typically though, I have to stand on the pedal. After driving my Tacoma this past winter, when I got into the old Taurus wagon I almost went through the windshield the first time I used those brakes...
     
  6. Jul 1, 2009 at 6:50 AM
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    ^yup. I really hate the brakes on our trucks. I might complain to Toyota. See if they come up with a TSB for it. put some "normal" brakes on our trucks.
     
  7. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:36 AM
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    Very normal...you can always downshift with a manual tranny.
     
  8. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:40 AM
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    GeoTaco

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    my brakes are real tight, barely have to rest my foot on them to stop the truck quickly
     
  9. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:43 AM
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    dennyct@hotmail.com

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    You can always spring for the TRD Brake kit with all the oversized stuff for over a grand.
     
  10. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:46 AM
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    Hmm.... just curious...

    Where was your truck produced & when?

    If its a fairly new new one - I wonder if they changed something? And if they did ...WHAT WAS IT??
     
  11. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:48 AM
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    I havent noticed much of a difference between my RAV and Taco. Taco is a little slower to stop so I just attributed it to it being a heavier truck.
     
  12. Jul 1, 2009 at 7:49 AM
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    built 5/09 in mexico. i picked it up 2 weeks ago today
     
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    For the sake of comparison what were you driving before?
     
  14. Jul 1, 2009 at 8:08 AM
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    1994 Saab. it had very stiff breaks too. I was so used to them that the transition went smoothly. I was expecting softer breaks in the truck, but was plesently suprised. It only has 300 miles on it now, so i dont know if they will get alot softer as time goes on, but for now they are just the way i like them. Just the weight of my food resting on the brake brings the truck to a normal stop. Have not had to hit them hard yet
     
  15. Jul 1, 2009 at 10:45 AM
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    I agree, the 08s have the same issue. Brakes feel like mush...one of these days I want to bleed the brakes and see if anything improves.
     
  16. Jul 1, 2009 at 11:20 AM
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    For those who have upgraded to the stainless steel lines. Was there an improvement in the pedal feel and the force required?
     
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    So it's VERY VERY recent. Hmm wonder if there will be a TSB in the making?

    Yeah, We could only wish. And wish that it would come out before March of 2010 when my warrantee runs out.;)

    My husbands Acura MDX has sensitive brakes (good brakes). When I drive it, my head just about goes through the windshield because I'm used to pressing on the brakes a certain way in the Tacoma.
     
  18. Jul 1, 2009 at 12:15 PM
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    I'd say that the brakes in my truck definitely have a softer and less "connected" feel than my previous vehicles, but I don't find myself having to push on them any harder than the others to come to a stop. I can also use a pretty light touch and stop no problem. I've had no problem adjusting to other vehicles when I drive them.
     
  19. Jul 1, 2009 at 12:27 PM
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    Only applies to X-Runners. I found this out in a surreal fashion.

    Ordered my vehicle originally and included the big brake kit, dealer ordered it, found out when it got there it didn't apply to my truck. Asked them to check with TRD, because according to a Toyota press release there was a big brake kit for non X-Runner tacos available for 2009.

    Service manager at my dealership called TRD, TRD said they have not and will not develop a brake kit for non X-Runner current gen Tacos because it's not necessary, the factory brakes have more than enough stopping power even for towing loads up to the 6500lb capacity of the tow package models.

    So unfortunately, no, you can't get TRD big brakes on your non X-Runner Taco. I tried.
     
  20. Jul 1, 2009 at 5:15 PM
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    Same here.... I've gotten used to them.

    That wouldn't prevent me from getting a TSB done if they had one. ;)
     
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