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E-Brake Resistance

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mws4ua, Jun 9, 2009.

  1. Jun 9, 2009 at 7:39 AM
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    mws4ua

    mws4ua [OP] I'll try being nicer if you try being smarter.

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    I searched.

    My father-in-law has a 2007 Tundra w/ 75k+ miles on it. The times I've driven it I've noticed that the emergency brake goes to the floor w/ very little resistance when I park. There have also been times where I start driving and forget to disengage his and I hardly notice.

    My point: It seems that the brake has become less effective over time and needs to be 'tightened.'

    My brake feels like it gives my foot less resistance than it once did. It's nowhere near as bad as his, but it feels less and less like it did when I first purchased the truck.

    Is anybody else feeling this? Does anybody know how to keep it feeling new?
     
  2. Jun 9, 2009 at 7:53 AM
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    Is the truck still under warrantee? If yes, let them deal with it.

    Have you inspected the rear brakes?
    What type of rear brakes do the 07's have? There's a big difference between e-brakes for drum or discs. With discs, it could be a 'mini' drum within the rotor of the disc (but I don't know for sure).

    I was gonna tell you to look up the service manual here...but they don't have 07 trucks listed there (scroll down). Perhaps you can shoot an e-mail to the webmaster/president and ask if they have manuals available.
    http://ncttora.com/fsm/index.html

    Is it similar to the Tacomas? Push on/push off?
     
  3. Jun 9, 2009 at 8:10 AM
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    My warranty expired around the end of the year, but I did get an extended warranty from Troy. Think that'd cover it? I'm gonna look...

    I have an '06, and I believe I have drum brakes in the rear. I certainly haven't changed them from stock.

    My father-in-law's brakes are similar to the Tacoma's (and most newer Toyotas that I've been in, actually). It's a foot pedal that you push on/off.

    While I care about him and his truck, I'm not really concerned w/ how to fix his problem right now. I just wanna know how to keep my own E-Brake from doing the same thing his does. I'll probably try to impress him w/ the skillz I learn, though.
     
  4. Jun 9, 2009 at 8:14 AM
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    I will check my tundra at lunch and see what it feels like.
     
  5. Jun 9, 2009 at 9:14 AM
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    My 05 tundy requires about the same amount of force to set the e-brake as it would take to crush a soda can.
     
  6. Jun 9, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    Interesting, and I like how you said it. My Tacoma is about the same, but it's as if the can is already dented these days. The father-in-law's Tundra is like using your boot to crush an egg, which is what I want to avoid.

    Thanks for checking.
     
  7. Jun 9, 2009 at 9:49 AM
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    His will be easier to diagnose the prb than yours will I would lift both rear tirs off the ground put it in neutral with the EBrake off and spin the wheels if you don't feel any resistance there should a slot in the back backing plate behind the drum that you can stick a screwdriver and crank up or down it will only allow you to move in one direction. Then while you are spinning the tire you crank that gear a few clicks at a time until you feel the slightest amoount of drag increase on the spinning tire. Then go and recheck your E-Brake and see how it feels. If its not any better then you may have a prob som where else If you go to far you will have to pull the tire and drum off and reset the gear a little so go slowley.
     
  8. Jun 9, 2009 at 12:03 PM
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    The best thing you can do for yourself & him, is inspect the brakes. Make sure the shoes aren't worn too badly and the they're wearing evenly top to bottom.

    If the shoes are good and you have no other explaination for what's happening.... take it to the dealer and ask for them to inspect the ebrake.

    They'll probably say...."It's normal,everything looks good".
    That's OK.....atleast you have it documented that you were concerned and had them checked.
     
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