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WTF is up with my BRAKES!!!!@!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by OCTaco, Jun 11, 2010.

  1. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:08 AM
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    OCTaco

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    For a while now my brakes have been feeling mushy and like they travel too far. This morning on my way to work they are nice and firm, near perfect. 5 mins ago I go back to my truck to make a quick bank run and now they're mushy again. Thoughts anyone?
    FYI: I've already had the brake fluid replaced and the rears have been adjusted.
     
  2. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:27 AM
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    could be heat...the lines may expand after driving or if the weather is hot...The answer would probably be switching to steel braided lines...let's see wht other people think.
     
  3. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:33 AM
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    This makes a lot of sense actually. This morning was colder than most, however, i've been in colder areas and the brakes still feel mushy. Where can I get steel lines and how much $$$.
     
  4. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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    NAAC3TACO

    NAAC3TACO Just east of crazy

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    Steel lines and a flush are a great idea, but you may have a bad vacuum booster or master cylinder. If I were you, I would have it checked out by a professional brake mechanic. You don't want to take a chance with your brakes. JMO.
     
  5. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:34 AM
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  6. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:45 AM
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    I had a CrownVic Interceptor that was doing this exact same thing intermittently. Bled the brakes and thought that fixed it. Nope. Replaced the master cylinder and they were perfect.

    Just be careful. I was sitting at a stop light one day with my foot firmly on the brake. Next thing I know I was headed for the car in front of me. :eek: The brakes would feel fine, then just sink to the floor.
     
  7. Jun 11, 2010 at 8:56 AM
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    Funny thing is, I already had toyota look at my brakes and they said they were fine. I guess ill need to go elsewhere.
     
  8. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:11 AM
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    From my experience with brake problems in the past...........the culprit is usually the master cylinder.
     
  9. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:16 AM
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    +1
     
  10. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:26 AM
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    Does anyone know how I can check the master cylinder to see if it's still good or not?
     
  11. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:30 AM
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    I would bleed the system once again, the old fashion way, one guy in the car pushes on the brake the other opening the bleeder screw. youd be surprised how many shops bleed brakes the wrong way just using the bleeder pump. Try it out it wont cost a thing
     
  12. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:31 AM
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    Forgot to ask whats the milage?
     
  13. Jun 11, 2010 at 9:52 AM
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    66k, had the fluid flushed at 65k
     
  14. Jun 11, 2010 at 10:07 AM
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    The milage is ok I dont think you have a master cylinder problem, try bleeding first then go from there....hope it helps
     
  15. Jun 11, 2010 at 10:20 AM
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    It is possible that the brakes were not flushed properly and you have some air in the system. Try bleeding the brakes and if that doesn't help, have a mechanic check it out.
     
  16. Jun 11, 2010 at 10:49 AM
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    I'm having the same problem. at a a stop light I need to push the brake down all the way. I thought my brakes would be improved after I got new front rotors and new pads but they are still the same mushy brakes. To stop my truck I almost need to push the brake down all the way, if I tape the brakes nothing happens.
     
  17. Jun 11, 2010 at 11:28 AM
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    i wouldn't say mine feel bad, but i do find it helps to pump them every now and then.
     
  18. Jun 11, 2010 at 11:38 AM
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    I'm starting a group buy for steel braded brake lines. Here is the link
    http://www.tacomaworld.com/forum/gr...-deal-steel-braded-brake-lines-group-buy.html

    From the research I've done it appears that this will solve our problems.
     
  19. Jun 11, 2010 at 12:28 PM
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    I know where you guys are comin from- I have mushy brakes and when I use the parking brake, there is virtually NO resistance pushing the pedal down to the floor... But then again I do have 88k on the odo. so quite sure a brake job is in my near future!
     
  20. Jun 11, 2010 at 1:29 PM
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    Have you had your rears cleaned and adjusted? Have you flushed out your brake fluid?
     
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