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7.9

pretty bad
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
5,294 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #17

Jun 012002

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 25,000 miles

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

Toyota Tundra 2001 brake damage caused by defective design. Brakes fail prematurely due to inadequate brake design. Only a few hard brake incidents cause front disc rotor warpage. Toyota will not replace and instead blames customer. Even if customer follows Toyota recommended driving practices ("brake as little as possible") failure still occurs due to impossibility of following these directions. Please force Toyota to replace all Tundra 2001 brake systems with redesigned system to prevent failure.

- Pleasanton, CA, USA

problem #16

Jan 252005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 50,000 miles
There was a severe vibration in my front brakes when driving with my pickup bed loaded with wood and coming down a hill. Also, happened to a lesser extent when pickup bed was empty and coming off the freeway on a downslope. Had my brakes serviced, and was advised of tsb BR004-02. Front brake calipers, backing plates, brake hoses, wheel bearings, oil seals and flange bolts were replaced. Because the vehicle is out of warranty I had to pay over $2,000 plus tax. I feel this is wrong due to tsb should be a recall. There is obvious design fault in the sizing of the calipers.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #15

Apr 042003

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 15,000 miles
On my 2001 Tundra, when appling the brakes there is sever vibration causing the whole truck to vibrate. The dealership replaced the front and rear brakes but the vibration still occurs. It has caused the tires to wear excessivly and there is only 20,000 miles on the truck.

- Columbus, GA, USA

problem #14

Dec 012001

Tundra

  • miles

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

Brake rotors continue to become warped from excessive heat in normal braking conditions. Dealers have instructed about tsb, but have ruled that my vehicle is exempt due to mileage being outside of the original manufacturer's warranty period. Problem manifested itself prior to expiration of warranty period and was never resolved.

- Buford, GA, USA

problem #13

Jul 012001

Tundra

  • miles
Not enough space, please contact me at (623)217-6864. No safety defect listed.

- Glendale, AZ, USA

problem #12

Nov 142001

Tundra

  • miles
Approx. 3 months after purcasing my truck the brakes would grab intermitently upon application and also vibrate, dealership did the repair under warranty. The dealership replaced rotors and pads to dealer spec's. at 28,100. Miles I will be calling the dealer again for the same problem. When will Toyota Corp. Admitt there is a problem with the braking system ? the brakes on my truck have never felt right.

- Palmdale, CA, USA

problem #11

Jul 242002

(reported on)

Tundra

  • miles

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

Under heavy braking down hill at 60 mph the vehicle vibrated rapidly. I do not have anti-lock brakes, but there was heavy vibration with the brakes.

- Puyallup, WA, USA

problem #10

Oct 142001

Tundra 4WD

  • miles
Rotors and drums warp very easily and need to be replaced. Toyota knows it is a problem and is still selling the vehicle.

- Scottsdale, AZ, USA

problem #9

Jul 072001

Tundra

  • miles
The truck vibrates while applying the brakes. I have brought it to the dealer three times and the problem returns. It does not feel safe when it shudders violently while braking and turning. NHTSA needs to work with Toyota to find a better solution.

- Ventura, CA, USA

problem #8

Jul 202001

Tundra

  • miles
This brake vibration problem has occurred 4 times with each new brake overhaul. The dealer repair has been attempted 4 times (10219, 11693, 13663, 17824 miles) but still no resolution. I currently have 19100 miles and need repair for the 5th time to avoid possible incident on the roadways. I consider this to be a serious safety issue.

- San Mateo, CA, USA

problem #7

Jun 272001

Tundra 4WD

  • miles

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

I own a 2001 Toyota Tundra SR5 extra cab 4X4. At 15392 miles I began feeling a shutter/vibration from my brakes when braking at speeds above 40 miles an hour. I took it to the dealer who said he had one other vehicle with the same problem. They stated that the truck warped the rear drums and front rotors. After repairing the problem, I have gone between 500-4000 miles between the problem occurring again. In each instance, the dealership has replaced the defective part under warranty but can't fix the problem. I was told by the dealership that there is no safety problem and that the only thing I feel is the warped drums and rotors. I am worried about the safety of utilizing this truck as I would think that over time as the calipers keep getting pushed back that this will deteriorate then braking mechanism. I am currently scheduled for a new vehicle arbitration board on Tuesday March 12, 2002. According to the representative from Toyota, this problem is due to my exessive/heavy use and is normal wear and tear on the equipment. This truck is used mostly to commute to work and during the winter I tow a snowmobile trailer that only weighs 2000 lbs loaded. I don't know of any brake parts that are supposed to wear out, or even warp in that short of time no matter what the vehicle is used for. Toyota has tsb's about this problem but they don't seem to correct it. Please help with any information possible.

- New Boston, NH, USA

problem #6

Feb 242002

Tundra

  • miles
The truck has been back to the dealer for shimmy on high speed braking, and has had 3 sets of brakes, and is now doing it again.

- Tampa, FL, USA

problem #5

Aug 082001

Tundra

  • miles
While driving 35 to 45 mph and applying brakes vehicle will vibrate. Took vehicle to dealer, and dealer replaced disc and disc pads, but problem still exists.

- Saxe, VA, USA

problem #4

Mar 162001

Tundra

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
At 8,900 miles excessive wear of front disc pads and rear drums due to defective rotors being out of round. Dealer notified, and replaced rotors/ rear drums, and front disc pads. But, problem still occurring. Customer states heater not working, dealer found heater cable loose.

- Bermuda Dunes, CA, USA

problem #3

Jun 092001

Tundra

  • miles
No summary listed for above vehicle.

- Gardena, CA, USA

problem #2

Sep 012001

Tundra 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles
Front disc brakes have to be changed every five thousand miles since date of purchase. Dealer has been contacted.

- Valencia, CA, USA

problem #1

Jul 012001

Tundra 4WD

  • miles
Both front rotors warped. Service tech. Stated "the rear brakes were not adjusting properly, causing the front rotors to overheat.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

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