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Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
9 / 0
Average Mileage:
125,371 miles

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2002 Toyota Sequoia brakes problems

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2002 Toyota Sequoia Owner Comments (Page 2 of 8)

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problem #125

Jan 042016


  • 180,000 miles


I have a problem with my trac and vsc light coming on while driving. The stability light would blink and beep and both the trac off and vsc light would come on. The brakes would also seem like it's grinding when the stability light is blinking and beeping. I have the exact same problem as this guy on this video

- Mesquite, TX, USA

problem #124

Dec 152015


  • 247,000 miles
I have a problem with my trac and vsc light coming on while driving. The stability light would blink and beep and both the trac off and vsc light would come on. The brakes would also seem like it's grinding when the stability light is blinking and beeping. I have the exact same problem as this guy on this video

- Buena Park, CA, USA

problem #123

Feb 172016


  • 215,000 miles
The vsc/ABS indicator lights appear intermittently without any warning. The car beeps, makes a heavy grinding noise and the ABS brakes are automatically engaged without any action by the driver regardless of the speed, or whether driving on a highway or city street. The car will fishtail. Based on my research, I have found that this is a common problem among these vehicles and that there was a 2003 recall for this problem. This defect in the same model for the 2002 vehicles seems to be widespread. Must we first have an accident to win rights to be accommodated. Does Toyota not want to make good on its product and satisfy all owners/customers. I worry every time I drive my vehicle and thank god each time I reach my destination without incident. This is the only vehicle we have to drive our severely disabled 10 year old daughter and cannot afford a new vehicle. We are really scared! see other identical consumer complaints at

- Weston, FL, USA

problem #122

Feb 102016


  • 96,000 miles


The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving at 40 mph, the vehicle began to vibrate severely and decelerated rapidly. The vehicle stability, traction and skid control warning lights illuminated prior to the failure. The contact was able to pull to the road side to switch off and restart the vehicle. The failure recurred intermittently. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The VIN was not included in the NHTSA campaign number: 10V176000(electronic stability control, traction control system). The manufacturer was notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 96,000.

- Encinitas, CA, USA

problem #121

Jan 282016


  • miles
Vsc trac/ vsc off, ABS, brake lighs come on the vsc trac and the vsc off light come on and off due to a faulty ABS sensor. Toyota dealer can not figure out why or how this faulty light comes on. Did a research online and hundreds of thousand of other Toyota Sequoia owner had the same issues.

- Fresno, CA, USA

problem #120

Feb 022015


  • 2,300,000 miles
2002 Toyota Sequoia vsc trac sensor lights turning on and off and hearing grinding noise when it auto-engage and disengage in motion.

- Stafford, TX, USA

problem #119

Nov 172015


  • 60,000 miles


Identical problem as described by many others. Vsc-trac and trac-off lights randomly illuminated on dry, level pavement when brakes were applied, causing a loud grinding noise (much louder than normal application of anti-lock brakes), and car pulled and would not stop no matter how hard the brake pedal was pressed. First couple times, brakes were applied to slow the vehicle in traffic, so the failure to fully stop wasn't noticed. Then, I experienced an incident when the failure occurred coming to a stop sign. Even with the brake pedal fully depressed, the vehicle continued into the intersection. Had a car been coming in cross traffic, this would have resulted in an accident. After this incident, we took the car for service, and the yaw sensor had failed. The part was replaced at a cost of $800, and 3 months later, the vehicle is experiencing the vsc-trac and trac-off lights remaining illuminated after the self-check when the vehicle ignition is turned on. Restarting the car typically clears the lights. Repair shop has indicated that the the yaw sensor will not retain zero calibration. They set it, restart the vehicle, and it loses calibration. Error code is now indicating that the control module (part# 89541-0C050) has failed (another $1200+ repair on top of the yaw sensor, which was also defective). These failures clearly put vehicles at risk of accidents, and it is difficult to understand why the 2003 Sequoias were recalled for vsc issues, but not the 2002, when the parts being replaced fit both years. I am the original owner of this vehicle, and the issues began at 60,000 miles. The vehicle currently has only 62,000 miles.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #118

Sep 072011


  • 98,000 miles
The vsc off indicator light along with the vsc and skid light and buzzer activates. This causes the skid control to activate front brakes on one side with a grinding noise and the steering wheel to pull hard to one side. I'm concerned this may cause an accident !

- Waxahachie, TX, USA

problem #117

Aug 112015


  • 183,139 miles
This has happened about 10 times when the skid light will come on and the vehicle will go left to right and the brakes do not stop the vehicle. Then the vsc off & vsc trac off lights will come on. This has happened at speeds from 15 - 60 mph at times you loose control of the vehicle at the higher speeds for a few seconds. If this ever happens in heavy traffic it will cause an accident. Vehicle has been taken to a Toyota specialist mechanic and they are still replacing parts. I understand that Toyota recalled all 2003 Sequoia's for this problem. My wife now refuses to drive the vehicle until it is fixed properly.

- Tucson, AZ, USA

problem #116

Jul 172015


  • 134,000 miles
ABS system activates by itself driving on a flat, dry road. ABS/trac lights have intermittently illuminated for a few years (without ABS activation to the best of my knowledge, my wife drives the vehicle primarily), lights turn off when key is cycled, no codes present in the system when scanned previously. Last occurrence for me was at 45mph, again a flat dry road. Vsc/trac lights flash, a warning buzzer sounds, and the ABS creates a loud grinding noise as it activates. Vehicle pulled sharply to the left and up onto the center median. No accident due to a rounded curb and wide center median. However, if the center median were not there it could pull a vehicle into oncoming traffic on an undivided highway resulting in an accident.

- St Marys, GA, USA

problem #115

May 142015


  • 168,040 miles


The first time my ABS/vcs trac lights came on was after I had to brake hard on a downward hill. I accelerated to climb the other side of the hill and it was after doing that which the vcs trac and trac off lights first came on at around 168,000 miles. There was a fast beeping sound lasting for maybe 10 sec then it regained power. Now it will do it within just a few miles of our home. We have had several more occasions since this initial incident where there was a jerking/pulling of the right front tire. Also the air conditioning would come on and off like it was trying to surge. Also idles very low, below 500 RPM and then finally shuts off. This vehicle has become very dangerous to drive. We are not sure what to get fixed on it since we have read that other owners are being told that its anything from a yaw sensor, steering angle sensor, brake booster system, or a skid control computer issue. All of these are very pricey to get fixed and there are no guarantees that they will even correct the problem. Most have had the yaw sensor replaced and it did not correct the problem. Some of the mechanics we have talked to said that there could be brake dust or mud and road grime build up over the sensor making it malfunction and that it should be hosed off at an underbody carwash. We haven't tried this yet since we didn't put much faith in it until we discovered hearing again on youtube. The 2003 Toyota Sequoia vcs recall should be extended down to the 2002 models as well. We all are having the same issue that they did.

- Edgefield, SC, USA

problem #114

Apr 242015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 81,069 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Sequoia. While driving 70 mph, the vsc track warning indicators illuminated. The contact stated that there was a loud grinding noise under the vehicle. The contact also stated that the vehicle started grinding and shook when braking. The vehicle was driven to the dealer for diagnostic testing. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 81,069. Updated 8/21/15 the consumer stated the alarm sounded, vsc and traction control lights illuminated. The vehicle veered to the right while driving in the left lane. Updated 08/27/15

- Missouri City , TX, USA

problem #113

Jun 012015


  • 99,820 miles
Vsc/ABS/brake lights all illuminated on the dashboard. Vehicle is unable to pass state safety inspection due to brake light being illuminated. In this vehicle having the vsc operational is far more dangerous. Please order Toyota to perform a recall as there is abundant evidence that the vehicle stability control/ABS system on this vehicle is dangerous.

- Hillsboro, MO, USA

problem #112

Sep 282014


  • 138,000 miles
While driving on fwy, vsc light comes on, the brakes are being applied by the system, causing pulling of the steering into other lanes. Was able to pull over, and it stopped at 10 mph, turned off car and it re-set system, it happened 6 times on the way home, almost causing accidents as it jerks the steering immediately as it applies the brakes to gain stability again. It has happened intermittently ever since, even at slow speeds. It is in shop now, $3500 to fix it, it is a well documented problem on the net, this should be a recall. Someone will get killed, a cyclist in a shoulder, or car hitting another or losing control and rolling over. With all the complaints regarding the vsc system, how can you ignore it?

- Laguna Beach, CA, USA

problem #111

May 292015


  • 184,000 miles
Now, before we changed the axle a new issue popped up as the ABS module caused the vsc system to engage at low speed below 10 mph. After 10 mph the system worked fine. During that engagement of the system I could have been killed by oncoming traffic or injured very badly. So, the mechanic went back to change out the left axle and did a diagnostic test on the sensors, which the left front was not reading and the right was intermittent. That was baffling to the mechanic, so we talked and changed both sensors and the left axle. He checked the vehicle and the vsc system still engaged at the low speed below 10 mph, most of the vibration was gone but some was still there at 70 mph, which he agreed with me that it could be possibly the drive shaft that ties into the 4 wheel drive system. So he decides to do the diagnostic test in the 4X2 mode and 4X4 mode on all the sensors on each wheel. In the 4X4 mode all the sensors checked and read fine. The 4X2 mode check of the system revealed a problem with in the system that tied to the ABS control module. So, as of now he has worked with me to really understand the problem with this vehicle type to try to get to the root cause. He has since not charged me for the sensors, until he can get the ABS module checked out through a certified repair manufacturer who works on these parts on a regular basis.

- Travis Afb, CA, USA

problem #110

May 272015


  • 178,900 miles
I bought this vehicle last week and after being on the road for approximately 30 minutes, the vehicle jerks to the right, the anti skid light starts beeping, something starts grinding under the hood, and then it all stops and the vsc trac, vsc off, and check engine lights all come on. After pulling over and turning off the engine and turning it back on, the vsc lights went off, but the check engine light remained on. After getting back on the road, the same thing happened again in a matter of minutes. Since then, the vehicle does the same exact thing every time I drive for more than about 20 minutes. Sometimes the transition is smooth and sometimes it takes up to 20-25 seconds for the noise under the hood to go away.

- Kerrville, TX, USA

problem #109

Aug 132014


  • 107,500 miles
Driving on paved public road, dry road conditions in summertime at low speed,10-20 mph, the vsc and trac off warning lights on instrument panel light up with and audible bell type alarm at the same time the right front wheel makes a loud thump causing the vehicle to pull hard to the right and with very hard front end vibration. At which time there is no brake control, steering control or acceleration control for approximately 20 seconds that has caused a few near miss vehicle collisions with other vehicles or off the road towards an embankment. The Sequoia was taken to a Toyota dealership service center where the technician stated they can only clear the fault code in the vehicle's computer. Since the fault code has been cleared, 5 more episodes of the same identical senerios with both wet and dry road conditions but not standing water on the roadway, and also a couple of times during speeds between 60-70 mph. This is an intermittent anomaly, but happens 3-4 days in a row between instances.

- Prattville , AL, USA

problem #108

May 092015


  • 116,256 miles
I was exiting the freeway, while coasting vehicles electronic stability control came on suddenly causing me to veer right, luckily there was nobody next to me. Conditions did not warrant the ESC to come on since pavement was dry and I was coasting. Please address Toyota about this issue or there will be injuries or deaths.

- Corpus Christi, TX, USA

problem #107

Apr 172015


  • 132,000 miles
This has occurred several times: Grinding noise, car pulls to the right and vsc and trac lights come on indicating vsc and trac are disengaged. Can drive ok after this occurs. However, when car is turned off and started again the warning lights go out and it's impossible to predict when it will occur again. There was a recall issued in 2010 for the 2003 model Sequoia with this same issue, however this recall for some reason did not cover the 2002 which is having the same problem! please have Toyota expand the recall to include other years as this is a common problem in Sequoias!!!

- Houston, TX, USA

problem #106

Apr 252015

Sequoia 8-cyl

  • 264,585 miles
The vehicle was being driven on a dry paved road. The vsc and traction warning lights illuminated on the instrument panel as the vehicle pulled hard to the right, nearly causing an accident. The steering wheel becomes difficult to steer, the vehicle loses power, and the brakes inadvertently engage, making a terrible grinding noise. The problem happens at least once, each time the vehicle is restarted. There was a recall under NHTSA campaign id number: 10V176000 (traction control system) for the 2003 Toyota Sequoia - this failure is most likely related.

- Austin, TX, USA

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