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Brake alarm issue

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by shores11, Nov 22, 2007.

  1. Nov 22, 2007 at 7:41 AM
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    OK - here's the deal - driving home from Missouri yesterday (11/21) - minding my own business - enjoying my NEW 2008 Tacoma (less than 2K miles) and.....the brake light comes on and starts beeping at me. So I stop immediately - parking brake is definitely off, brakes seem to work fine, so I continue about 2 miles to the next exit where luckily there is a Toyota dealership about 1/2 mile away. Go there. Long story short - they don't know what the %*&#!! the problem is. They THINK it's something to do with the anti-lock brake actuator, but aren't sure. the codes (DTC : C1271 - C1278 - can't find much on the web 'bout this) from the computer are making no sense - it's saying the parking brake is on when it's not, it's saying the brake fluid is low - it's not, etc. The brakes will work (sans anti-lock), so after 3+ hours (now it's pouring rain, traffic sux) I drive on home to Atlanta with my truck beeping the entire way. (they didn't want to clear the 'puter - so the next dealership could see what was up) I'm planning to be at my dealership first thing in the AM, but I'm not real happy right now.

    Just wondering if anyone had heard of this problem before (it was brand new to the folks at this dealership in Manchester, TN)

    Hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving! - I'm staying put for today.

    :(
     
  2. Nov 22, 2007 at 8:16 AM
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    It's good that you had the ability to get to a Toyota dealer....good to hear you got home safely.

    It could be anything....Take it to your local dealer and let them figure it out.

    It might take a while and many trips to the dealership - but that's your RIGHT as an owner under warrantee to get it fixed. If a good amount of time goes by and the dealership still can't figure it out - I'd start researching and/or pushing for them to give you another truck.

    I had a Dodge Ram with 10k or so miles on it. The "Service 4WD" light came on and wouldn't allow me to engage 4WD. You could get rid of the light by shutting the truck off and starting it again, but it would eventually come back on again. It was October..... 6 or 7 trips to the dealership and about 3 replaced parts later - the light still came on. Finally....in early December - they suspected a wiring problem. They tore apart my entire dash and found a loose wire within a connector somewhere deep behind the dash. Took them 4 days to rip everything apart and find it.

    Obviously, your truck is bran new and what you're experiencing is probably some sort of installation/factory boo-boo. It might take them a while to find it.
     
  3. Nov 24, 2007 at 4:24 AM
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    According to my local dealer the problem is in the parking brake switch - not sure what that is, but they had to order the part - will be here Tuesday. Until then I have to endure the beeping.
     
  4. Nov 24, 2007 at 4:38 AM
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    ..and hope that fixes it. If not - keep going back to the dealer!
     
  5. Nov 28, 2007 at 12:50 PM
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    It WAS the parking brake switch - took 'bout 30 min to install the new one...and NO MORE BEEPING! Hoping this was just a fluke - searching ALL of the forums never turned this problem up anywhere else....so fingers crossed.

    :D
     
  6. Nov 28, 2007 at 12:57 PM
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    That sux. Did they say what happened with the original one?
     
  7. Nov 28, 2007 at 1:02 PM
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    They weren't sure - thought it was probably a bad switch from the factory. Neither dealership I went to had ever seen this problem before. I hoping it was just a fluke and I can get back to enjoying my Tacoma again!
     
  8. Nov 28, 2007 at 7:30 PM
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    yea man i have been at a dealer for about 3years i have never seen or heard of a bad brake switch but good to know that your dealer found something and got it fixed for you
     
  9. Jun 1, 2010 at 12:23 AM
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    Check tone wheels on hubs and speeds sensor on front. Could also be fautly Pick up on rear axle
     
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