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HELP! Stutter/Jerk when stopping.

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by Colorado Sven, Jun 28, 2012.

  1. Jun 28, 2012 at 9:38 PM
    Colorado Sven

    Colorado Sven [OP] New Member

    Jun 24, 2012
    First Name:
    2003 SR5 TRD
    *Posting in different threads in hopes to get answers soon.*

    I recently bought a 2003 Tacoma with 200,000 miles. I was told by the dealer (Not a Toyota dealer) that it had nothing wrong with it other than a few cosmetic issues.

    However, I have noticed recently that right before coming to a full stop, there is a slight stutter/jerking feeling.

    Not sure if that is just the way it is with Tacomas, or if something is going out. Could it be something in the transmission, a transfer case, the brakes, anything? Please help! I have no idea what it is, or how serious it could be.

  2. Jun 29, 2012 at 7:31 AM

    obscurotron Well-Known Member

    Apr 29, 2012
    N. Nevada
    '14 DCSB 4x4
    Too many to list, and I've probably forgotten a bunch.
    Would you describe it as sort of a pulsating feeling? As you slow down, it feels like the brakes grab-release-grab-release slightly? If so, it could be warped rotors (actually a misnomer, it's deposits of the pad material on the rotors).

    That's the first place I would look - my '04 was notorious for that. With all the armor, gear, winch, etc. I got my brakes hot often and would find streaks of pad material on the rotors.

    The fixes are:

    1. Replace rotors.
    2. Turn (resurface) rotors (limits to this, but may be doable if they have
    not been turned before.
    3. Take some fine grit (1200+) sandpaper and smooth down the areas
    where pad material has scorched to the rotor.

    And then install some better brake pads.

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