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Steering Wheel shake when braking

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by STLTaco09, Nov 28, 2011.

  1. Nov 28, 2011 at 2:12 PM
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    STLTaco09

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    5100's all around, fronts at 1.75". TSB leaf pack + Toytec TSB AAL
    My steering wheel shakes at highway speeds only when braking. It seems very smooth around town, even when braking. I've always thought this was due to warped rotors, but I want to say it slightly changed a bit when I recently put in shims in the rear and flipped the carrier bearing - making me think it might be driveshaft related. Just curious if that is possible or if it is still likely warped rotors or unbalanced tires/wheels?

    I had the dealer check out the front brakes and mentioned the warped rotors a month or 2 ago, they said everything checked out, but I dont know how closely they looked at the rotors, I have a feeling they just checked the pad thickness...
     
  2. Nov 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    I'm with you either warped rotors or unbalanced tires. My brother had this problem on his 95.5 taco even after having his rotors machined. His problem was only fixed when he got new rotors.
     
  3. Nov 28, 2011 at 2:16 PM
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    Thats warped rotors!
     
  4. Nov 28, 2011 at 3:34 PM
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    Big time warped rotors. My dad did that to his 08 taco.. Replace them, don't machine them.
     
  5. Nov 28, 2011 at 4:29 PM
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    Been there. Replaced rotors and brakes and done.
     
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    Hello.. The dealer and I agree. your rotors are warped...


     
  7. Nov 28, 2011 at 4:40 PM
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    If not sure use a dial indicator to check the run out of the rotor.
     
  8. Nov 28, 2011 at 6:53 PM
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    5100's all around, fronts at 1.75". TSB leaf pack + Toytec TSB AAL
    That is crazy then. I have only 42,xxx miles on the truck. Only been through water less than a handful of times but I guess it only takes one time. I know a brake job is cheap and I can do it myself. I was hoping I could get more out of them though. I suppose I could just replace the rotors and leave the pads....
     
  9. Nov 28, 2011 at 7:48 PM
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    Warped rotors for sure!
     
  10. Nov 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM
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    A little lift & some extra steel....
    Running the wheels on the studs with an impact gun at full speed (especially a good one) is enough to warp the shit out of rotors......torque wrench for the win!
     
  11. Nov 29, 2011 at 6:49 AM
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    5100's all around, fronts at 1.75". TSB leaf pack + Toytec TSB AAL
    That's a good point. I always use a torque wrench in the garage, but it's been at various places for wheel alignment, lift install, tire rotation with other services that they may have tightened them too much when they put the wheels back on.

    I'll have to research some new rotors then. Thanks.
     
  12. Nov 29, 2011 at 6:54 AM
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    +1 on warped rotors, ..since it only occurs when braking..

    you might try just backing off the lug nuts a tad, and retorquing to spec w/ a torgue wrench - can do this on it as it sits in the garage... maybe they overtightened the wheels...
     
  13. Nov 29, 2011 at 7:35 AM
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    5100's all around, fronts at 1.75". TSB leaf pack + Toytec TSB AAL
    I check them periodically with the torque wrench and they are good, right at 80 ft/lbs I believe. I've had the wheels on and off quite a bit lately and the issue has persisted for quite some time. So if it was lug nut torque related, then I'm afraid the damage has been done. Thanks for the suggestion though.
     
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    After some searching it seems most all the thread on this issue were never followed through with, so rather than making a new thread I'll just bump an old one.

    My new to me 2015 Taco with only 23k miles on it has this exact issue...I didn't notice it until after I drove it off the lot and was braking at hwy speeds, low speeds it doesn't seem to be prevalent. I have not had the chance to pull the wheels and check everything but is it safe to assume that new pads and rotors will be in order?

    Thanks!
     
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