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1998 Toyota Camry brakes problems

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1998 Toyota Camry Owner Comments

problem #14

Jul 281999

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Brakes make a grinding noise. Also, had tsb stating brake pads had too much metallic contents. Took vehicle to dealer, and had rotors repaired, problem still occurred. Front brakes and rotors kept wearing prematurely. After consumer had the problem fixed, the front brakes still groan.

- Pt Jefferson Station, NY, USA

problem #13

Feb 212002

Camry

  • miles
Front brake pads and rotors are wearing excessively. Also, notes when brakes are applied there is a very loud grinding noise. Consumer has contacted dealer respectfully.

- Whittier, CA, USA

problem #12

Aug 251998

Camry

  • miles
With 11,000 miles on vehicle there was a rubbing noise coming from vehicle when brake system was activated. Dealership serviced vehicle under a service bulletin. Then, at approximately 50,000 miles on August 23, 2001 front brake pads and rotors had to be replaced by dealership due to a rubbing noise during brake application. Also at 54,000 miles on January 22, 2002 rear brake drums failed, and had to be replaced. Please provide any additional information / documentation.

- Seaford, NY, USA

problem #11

Dec 132001

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Upon turning ignition vehicle makes loud noise. While driving brakes make a grinding noise, took vehicle to dealer several times. When trying to stop vehicle has to press pedal completely to the floor.

- Las Angelas, CA, USA

problem #10

Mar 231999

Camry

  • miles
Rotors /pads overheated, has to change them every 8000 miles.

- Vistia, CA, USA

problem #9

May 102001

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles
Since buying my Toyota in April of 1998, I have needed to replace the brakes and rotors 3 times. I still continue to have screeching and grinding noises. I have been told by Toyota dealerships that this noise has been a noted problem. I find this to be unacceptable for a "new" car, I bought a new car to avoid making repairs and I have made more on this Toyota and its bad breaks than I would have spent on keeping my used rodeo. I mean with regular mainantence check, oil change, car payments, $200 brake jobs every 8 to 12 months, this is ridiculous. I have also had problems with clunking noises coming from my front suspension, especially if I go over a rough road. For a company that has a reputation for superior cars, this has been a disappointing first buy as I find the car to have a very, very poor braking system and suspension. From reading your technical bulletins, there has been 90 reported complaints on the brakes and 31 reported complaints on the suspension. How many more complaints need to be filed before a recall on these brakes are done?

- Roseville, CA, USA

problem #8

Jun 011999

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

There is a noise coming from braking system. Dealership has replaced brake pads and shoes and rotated rotors two times. Noise is still present, and consumer is concerned about operation of brakes. Please provide any additional information/attachments.

- Rochester, WA, USA

problem #7

Jan 011998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Excessive wear of brake pads and rotors, replacement/ rotors tune are needed every 8,000 miles; dealer notified.

- Riverside, CA, USA

problem #6

Mar 281998

Camry

  • miles
Tires wobble/vibrate 70-75mph being the worst. Multiple trips to dealer. 6 tires replaced. Multiple time balancing tires. Latest result - per dealer "we can't fix because it happens with speeds over 65mph and Toyota will not authorize repairs on issues occuring over 65 mph. Also, brakes make bad grinding noise and squeeks forward/reverse - advised it is becuase of the material of the pads. Pads changed once and have anti-lock brakes, but have left long skid mark with one tire and car pull to the side.

- Santa Ana, CA, USA

problem #5

Mar 312000

(reported on)

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
When brake pedal was applied brakes began to make a loud squeaking noise, and vibrate. Brakes are always very low. Dealer has been contacted.

- Morganville, NJ, USA

problem #4

Dec 311999

(reported on)

Camry

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

The brakes are making grinding noise. They have been changed once by the dealership at 13000 miles, and then at 27000 miles they were again changed by sears. But the brakes are getting worn out easily and the grinding sound will not stop. The left and right seat belts have both failed at 20000 and 27000. They get stuck and wont come in or out. They have been changed by the dealer

- Chino Hills, CA, USA

problem #3

Oct 011998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front disc brakes failed. Mjs

- San Juan Capistrano, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 251998

Camry

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front brakes failed. Mjs

- San Marcos, CA, USA

problem #1

Feb 151999

Camry

  • miles
The brakes on my 1998 Toyota Camry wore out at 15000 miles. The service writer at the service dealer told me that the 1997 and 1998 Camry have a design defect that causes more pressure to be applied to the front brakes than to the back brakes, causing the front brakes to wear out prematurely. My power steering pump developed a leak before it was replaced by the servicing dealer at 19000 miles, causing the vehicle to have steering and control problems.

- Baltimore, MD, USA

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