really awful
Crashes / Fires:
8 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,055 miles

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2009 Toyota Corolla brakes problems

brakes problem

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2009 Toyota Corolla Owner Comments (Page 2 of 2)

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problem #5

Jan 062013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 60,000 miles


On Jan. 6th, we hit a deer about 10 miles from home, and through our insurance had the car taken to a local body shop where it was fixed. Repairs were made and a few months later the ABS & brake light illuminated and wouldn't turn off. We contacted the insurance and they told us to take the vehicle back to the body shop, where they would send to Toyota for repairs. Toyota informed us that the ABS actuator was bad and needed to be replaced. For insurance purposes, the body shop ordered a used lkq ABS actuator. Two parts were ordered, the first one being incorrect, and was installed and we picked up the car. A few months later, to avoid being in a car accident, I slammed on the brakes and noticed the car pulled harshly to the left. I thought nothing of it until my spouse had slammed on the brakes to avoid a car pulling out in front of her, the car locked up, then started to skid to the left almost causing her to crash into the vehicle she was trying to avoid. We took the vehicle to Toyota to assess the problem, again, it was the actuator. Another lkq used actuator was purchased as per our insurance gmac, and it was the incorrect part. The correct part was ordered the 2nd and 3rd time, but both were damaged and unusable. Gmac finally allowed the body shop to order a new part via Toyota. This is the 6th actuator that was installed and we picked up our car on Aug. 30th 2013. The next day, I decided to slam on the brakes to test if they were working accordingly, and was surprised to discover that they pull extremely hard to the left. I don't feel safe driving the vehicle and really hope that the problem can be corrected. If the body shop and Toyota had realized the extent of the repairs from the beginning, the vehicle would've been considered totaled, the car is worth approx. $10,000. The total of all repairs done so far to-date since the accident are approx. $9500.

- Rockingham, NC, USA

problem #4

Mar 012013

Corolla 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 43,000 miles
The contact owns 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that while driving 25 mph, the driver depressed the brake pedal and the vehicle erroneously accelerated then crashed into a parked vehicle. There were no injuries. The vehicle was not taken to the dealer for inspection. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not notified. The failure mileage was 43,000. Updated 04/03/13 the consumer stated she was traveling East at 25 mph. As she turned into her cul-de-sac there were two parked cars on the side of the road facing each other. She moved to the left to avoid them. As she applied the brake to reduce her speed, as she was near her turn, there was a sudden jerk in the steering wheel, quickly pulling the vehicle to the right into the left rear of the first parked car. She had no control over the vehicle. It then moved slightly away from the first vehicle and then the vehicle went in the direction of the second car. The consumer then hit the other vehicle. The consumers right tire blew out and the rim and wheel were in the extreme right position that appeared greater than the wheel would move.

- West Windsor, NJ, USA

problem #3

Dec 152011

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 70,000 miles
ABS and brake light turned on together. This is turning out to be a very common issue which is due to the corrosion of the sensors on the rare wheels. With ABS light turned on, the vehicle is incapable of applying ABS when required during brake, creating a high safety concern.

- Shawano, WI, USA

problem #2

Sep 192012


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Corolla. The contact stated that the ABS warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer for diagnosis and the contact was informed that the spiral cable would need to be replaced. The manufacturer was not notified. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure mileage was 80,000 and the current mileage was 84,000.

- Methuen, MA, USA

problem #1

Mar 212012

Corolla 4-cyl

  • 29,000 miles
The front brakes produce a very loud rattling noise, whenever the brakes are applied and its almost as if the car is not going to stop and cause an accident. I am afraid the brakes are going to completely fail one day and cause an accident. When I took it to the dealer for a checkup, the dealer indicated that Toyota is investigating the noise, but it might be too late before they do anything. Please help by investigating this issue.

- Dublin, OH, USA

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