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Brakes kicking after being stopped

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by seligman, Jun 10, 2012.

  1. Jun 10, 2012 at 6:30 PM
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    seligman

    seligman [OP] Well-Known Member

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    My dad's 2007 Prerunner Access Cab (60,000 miles) has an odd problem either with the brakes or maybe the automatic transmission.

    When stopped at a light and it turns green, depending on how you let off the brake pedal, a subtle "kick" can be felt and heard as the wheels start moving again. The kick is not violent in any way, nor is it loud. It's sort of like the clunk of the tailgate being shut, but much, much quieter and less intense. You won't hear or feel it unless you're specifically waiting for it to happen.

    Performance wise, the brakes work fine. Stopping distance is good, brake fluid level is good, no grinding, no squealing.
     
  2. Jun 10, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    KPT

    KPT sees what you did there.

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    Sounds like axle wrap.
     
  3. Jun 10, 2012 at 6:35 PM
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    Answers range from "it's normal" to "check your axle u-bolts"

    Not a bad idea... spec on the u-bolts is 35ft/lbs and they should be closer to the 65-80 range.
    At least one TWer reported cranking them down and the "lurch" went away.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2012 at 6:37 PM
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    I think it's normal. Mine does the same manily when my A/C or Defroster is on and when the compressor kicks in
     
  5. Jun 10, 2012 at 6:39 PM
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    This only happens when stopped and beginning to move again.

    I'd have to ask my dad, but from my own experiences it seems to occur most often when abruptly letting off the brakes.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2012 at 7:02 PM
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    with mine it's mainly when stopped and when the compressor kicks on
     
  7. Jun 10, 2012 at 7:52 PM
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    I've had three Tacomas ('99, '02, & '06), all automatics, and all of their rear ends "settled" with a mild driveline jerk when letting off of the brake from a stop.

    The '06, however, will lurch while at a complete stop. This 2nd Gen lurch is a common complaint, but I have yet to see an end-all-be-all explanation for it. Some of the proposed causes I've seen include torque converter, axle wrap (only one of my Tacomas was lifted), and drive shaft U-joints. I've read on here somewhere that Toyota is aware of it, but won't address it or offer a fix. :notsure:
     
  8. Jun 10, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    Axle wrap.

    It's "normal" insomuch as many trucks do it. It's not particularly good for the vehicle and if you can eliminate it, that'd be advised. I'm having a traction bar put in mine soon to eliminate the issue.
     
  9. Jul 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM
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    I just bought a 2007 Pre and it does this too. It's not lifted and is a 2WD, Auto. I'm not a mechanic by any means so....should I take it in to have someone check it out? Most likely I'll get the standard "were going to rip you off now" crap and they won't actually fix the problem (if there really is one). But, should I? Is there a legitimate concern for safety or performance here?
     

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