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Steering wheel jolt's/jerks when I hit the brakes suddenly. Normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by cfrea, May 16, 2012.

  1. May 16, 2012 at 9:04 PM
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    cfrea

    cfrea [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Lets say I'm doing 60-70mph on the highway and like suddenly hit the brakes, not smoothly applying them but suddenly tapping them with moderate force. When I do that, I feel the steering wheel slightly jerk to one side maybe 1inch either way. Truck is a 2012 with like 400 miles. Any ideas? Normal?
     
  2. May 17, 2012 at 4:15 AM
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    Possibly warped rotors?
     
  3. May 17, 2012 at 4:34 AM
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    Normal sign of wheel bearings going bad. Mine were doing it until I replaced them. J hope yours aren't bad though. Your truck is grand new!
     
  4. May 17, 2012 at 4:49 AM
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    :) Your braking needs to be more gentle and solid with your braking till you have broke in your rotors and pads. Your rotor needs to build up a layer of braking material on the rotor to help the brake pads bite. By suddenly applying the brake and releasing them is causing uneven braking and your pulling from side to side. You will usually pull toward the crown as uneven braking upsets the balance of your handling. Just brake differently and you should not have any more problems.
     
  5. May 17, 2012 at 4:58 AM
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    What? I break in rotors by standing on the brake pedal!

    OP - you likely have an alignment issue that is exaggerated when you brake hard, because you are loading the front end. IMO it's not so odd for a new car to have alignment issues after being strapped to a hauler. Have the dealer check it out for you.
     
  6. May 17, 2012 at 5:25 AM
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    :) I guess my choice of the word Solid may incur some disagreement. Let's use the Gentle and FIRM braking then. Since you have a 07, you also have the standard ABS braking and for the system to work safely, you need to gentle but firm and not apply brakes with a quick stab. The ABS system is quick, and when it has a sudden application, the system goes to work and either helps apply or remove braking from the Taco.
     
  7. May 17, 2012 at 5:34 AM
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    Like Rudy says, probably just not broken in yet. It wasn't clear from your post whether it is always to one side, which might indicate a problem if it was, but you need to get a few more miles on it.

    I had to jab the brakes quickly going about 40mph in my 2012 TRD OR the other morning, the ABS kicked in and it felt like I ran into a tree it stopped so dang fast. I have about 2K miles on mine now, definitely no braking issues.
     
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