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soft brakes?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by svaldes, Apr 12, 2009.

  1. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:43 AM
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    svaldes

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    I just got my truck, but after driving it for a bit, the brakes feel soft/mushy? Is this normal? I know that soft is a relative thing. I am just wondering how everyone else fells about their brakes?

    Thanks

    PS non TRD model, 4 doors full bed.
     
  2. Apr 12, 2009 at 10:59 AM
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    Krazie Sj

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    Seemed about the same as my 91 corolla. But compared to my GFs old 94 civic, mushy. You'd brush the brakes on that thing and it would grab hard.
     
  3. Apr 12, 2009 at 11:17 AM
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    smithrw

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    That's how they are on my 09 4 cyl sr5. Start driving my wifes v-6 Altima and if you're aren't careful you'll go through the glass. I do wish mine were a little more sensitive.
     
  4. Apr 12, 2009 at 11:23 AM
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    JeffRock

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    I noticed if I gave my brake pedal a kick pump, the pedal stiffens up.
     
  5. Apr 12, 2009 at 1:35 PM
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    Janster

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    These brakes are soft, but they're normal and everyone complains about them.

    My husbands Acura - the slightest touch on the pedal and they're braking much harder than the tacoma.

    There's a trade-off. My husbands Acura only has 20K miles on it and is only 2 years old and already his brakes are pulsating.

    If you want good solid strong sensitive brakes - be prepared to maintain them often.
     
  6. Apr 12, 2009 at 2:06 PM
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    dozer711

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    Somewhere I read that steel braided lines help alot. Makes the pedal firmer.
     
  7. Apr 12, 2009 at 2:22 PM
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    Brunes

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    Stainless steel lines refilled with good brake fluid and a good bleed will usually firm up the feel a bit. Better pads and, if you feel the need, rotors will usually work out the issues.
     
  8. Apr 12, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    geist262

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    I was bitching the first few times I drove the truck. Give the brakes some time to break in. The pads need to get burnished. will they grab more with less pedal motion? No, but they have improved alot for me. Still need alot of pedal throw, but they grab more.
     
  9. Apr 12, 2009 at 6:56 PM
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    URBIKESUCKS

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    It drives me crazy, I may change ss lines and different pads.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2009 at 6:59 PM
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    I would try pads first and see how that works.
     
  11. Apr 12, 2009 at 8:46 PM
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    I wonder about the TRD Pads/
     
  12. Apr 12, 2009 at 8:51 PM
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    I have an 09 4x4 dc off road and my pedal is just fine but then when I drove my cousin's prerunner which is a 4x2, the brakes were soft and mushy also. The only difference between his and my truck is the 4x4.
     
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