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uh,Oh! What on Earth is happening??

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by dart451, Apr 9, 2011.

  1. Apr 9, 2011 at 7:59 AM
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    dart451

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    Hello all,
    I have a new 2011 Toyota Tacoma 4x4, only 3500 miles. Yesterday I backed up and ran into a rebar border post that I bent a little with my rear bumper but no damage was incurred to the bumper or underside. As soon as I heard myself hit it, I stopped suddenly and looked to see what I hit. I saw no damage so I put the truck in Drive and tried to go forward, (gravel). The truck wouldn't move! One of the rear tires spun a bit but it was like the brakes were on. I finally tried 4x4 high...still wouldn't move! After fiddling with this for awhile, I put the truck in 4x4 low...still wouldn't move but all of a sudden it finally did and went forward. Checked the underside and like I said, no damage anywhere. So, I had a little trouble getting the truck out of 4x4 low because I forgot...you have to have it in neutral to disengage. So, I drive about 4 miles to drop off a lawnmower at a friend's house. After the task is done, I leave but the truck won't move again! I try forward, reverse...it moves about a foot and then it seems like all the brakes are on. I even tried 4x4, no dice! I fiddle with it again and finally get the truck turned around to leave and drive down my friend's long drive way about 75 yards when the right rear tire locks up skidding on the gravel drive. The truck won't move again so I'm about to call a tow truck to have it towed to the dealership when the whatever is holding the truck releases. I drove all the way home then with no further problems. When I got home I tried to reproduce the problem but it seemed fine. Have any of you out there had a similar problem? I'm going to take the truck in on Monday but I'm wondering if they'll find anything wrong if it doesn't occur again!? No, I checked and rechecked the parking brake...it appeared to be working properly....
     
  2. Apr 9, 2011 at 8:49 AM
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    Dadic 78

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    Have you been driving around in 4WD on pavement??? 'Cuz it sounds like maybe you have been, and you've buggered up your drivetrain.
     
  3. Apr 9, 2011 at 8:52 AM
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    sean266

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    Sounds like the rear end is locking up bcuz of 4wd on dry pavement
     
  4. Apr 9, 2011 at 8:56 AM
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    monkey wrench

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    did you bugger up the brake force distribution lever on the top of the rear dif? or the cable going to it?


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  5. Apr 9, 2011 at 9:17 AM
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    monkey wrench

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    my bad, 2011s don't have that lever, nut maybe you damaged the brake lines


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  6. Apr 9, 2011 at 9:26 AM
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    AlbertaTaco

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    Something like this happened to my dads truck a fee years back. His drum brakes had seized up so we popped them off, cleaned and that fixed it. Being yours is such a new truck I doubt this is the issue but I just thought I should throw it out there
     
  7. Apr 9, 2011 at 9:35 AM
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    dart451

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    No, I haven't been operating the 4x4 on pavement...only dirt/gravel roads once in awhile to lubricate things. Obviously with only 3000 miles, I haven't done much with it. I'm not an avid 4 wheeler so it doesn't and won't get used much. Funny though...after I got the darn thing to unlock, I didn't use 4x4 again and the wheels locked up in my friend's driveway in 2 wd. I called the dealer this morning and one of the guys that knows Tacoma's really well thinks that it's something to do with the Smart braking system so I'll have everything checked out on Monday.
     
  8. Apr 10, 2011 at 2:28 PM
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    Keep us posted!
     
  9. Apr 11, 2011 at 6:09 AM
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    After you were driving for a while, did it smell like burning brakes when you stopped or did you notice any smoke behind you while driving? Sounds like a brake is locked up because once you finally get the truck moving you're able to keep it moving but once you stop it wants to stay put. Maybe one of your shoes is messed up or something broke in the drum assembly. Regardless with only 3,000 miles on it, take it to the dealership and let them fix it.
     
  10. Apr 12, 2011 at 7:49 AM
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    Well, I took my Taco to the dealership and they took a look at it. It turns out that it was ALL my fault! Apparently when I backed into the rebar post, the rebar kinked the emergency brake cable which caused the brakes to lock up. I looked under the truck twice and never saw this but...the dealership did. So, now I have to have the emergency brake cable replaced. Sorry to think this was a Taco bug of some kind...my own dang fault!!:mad:
     
  11. Apr 12, 2011 at 7:51 AM
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    good to hear:)
     
  12. Apr 12, 2011 at 7:54 AM
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    dang man that sucks!! that shouldnt be too much though right?
     
  13. Apr 12, 2011 at 8:06 AM
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    that stinks, but is much less than a drivetrain :)
     
  14. Apr 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM
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  15. Apr 12, 2011 at 8:30 AM
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    At least you know you have horsepower enough to overpower the e-brake.

    I had a funky back up turnaround on a trail recently as I reach a point where I was not sure I could make it trough with out balancing my truck with 3 wheels off the ground (nose down, steep slippery grade, very little room behind to give a proper turn around), more a less a three point backward k turn.

    Too steep to just clutch and reverse.
    Held the hand brake while engaging clutch and giving the gas. Didn't let go all the way and hand brake as bulled my way out.

    Probably caused slight clutch and brake wear but nothing permanent.

    Important thing for both of us is to learn from our past maneuvers!

    (I am tyring to learn without scratching or breaking my new truck! which is not always easy since even stock they bring us through some pretty rough terrain)
     
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