hardly worth mentioning
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
101,531 miles

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2001 Toyota Highlander brakes problems

brakes problem

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2001 Toyota Highlander Owner Comments

problem #1

Mar 162011

Highlander 6-cyl

  • 101,531 miles


I am experiencing problems with my 2001 Toyota Highlander. Whenever I press on the brake it pulsates, vibrates and it makes a distracting loud ratcheting sound. When the speedometer drops to less than 10mph- it happens. This happens so frequently, that I really hate driving anywhere. I took it to several different mechanics. After being told the problem that I am having is due to warped rotors and warn brake pads- I paid to have new brake pads and rotors installed. That didn't work. (now they say it is an ABS problem) I took the Highlander to a Toyota dealer who without properly performing a computer scan, blamed the mechanics who replaced my rotors and brake pads for the problem that I have been having-and they told me that it was not the ABS system. Anyway, I am still having the same problem that both professional mechanics disagree on. Pulsation, vibration and loud noises. Note: Neither of the two indicator lights brake/ABS has activated since the problem started. Finally, I took the Highlander to a third mechanic, paid for an inspection of my ABS system and received several computer scan ABS faults codes:C1271-C1278- ABS activates at a lower speed. Also, master cylinder pressure sensor malfunction C1281. I want Toyota to repair the defects in my Toyota Highlander.

- Roselle, NJ, USA

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