definitely annoying
Crashes / Fires:
0 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
42,735 miles

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2002 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

brakes problem

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2002 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #5

Feb 112011


  • 122,175 miles


ABS light came on went off then came back on and stayed on. Toyota took three hours to figure it out. ABS control modual ( ABS cpu )

- Sacramento, CA, USA

problem #4

Mar 052008


  • 38,000 miles
The contact owns a 2002 Toyota Tacoma. While driving 45 mph, the front brakes detached from the pads and became jammed between the rotor and the caliper. A portion of the brakes struck the front fender like a bullet. The contact called Toyota, but they would not assist. He repaired the vehicle himself and stated that he was taking his vehicle out of service for safety reasons. The VIN was unknown. The failure mileage was 38,000.

- Texas City, TX, USA

problem #3

Jan 282002


  • miles
I have a Tacoma 2002 and the brakes have been replaced three times. Although I have called and explained the sometimes they slip, Toyota refuses to really look at them. I wanted to file this in case they do give while I am driving, there will be a record of this problem, since I have mentioned it several times to Toyota but they never write it down, according to the newest customer service? person I spoke to. I have been told that the clunking noises, the 5 month brake changes and the slipping of the brakes is natural. This cannot be right.

- Venice, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 062003

Tacoma 4WD

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
The brakes vibrate upon decreasing speed from 60 mph or more. The longer driven, the necessary speed for vibration decreases to lower speeds. The problem intensifies the higher the grade is on any downhill. I have replaced pads twice and rotors once. As I begin to replace the calipers, I find that there is a recall for those on the Tundra and a list of consumer complaints about Tacoma's brakes.

- Canton, GA, USA

problem #1

Feb 172003

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,500 miles
2002 Toyota double cab 4X4 during mountain driving, my front brakes will make the truck shake. I would describe the feeling like bad ABS, however, I do not have ABS. This problem only seems to occur when I am going downhill (like loveland pass). The shuttering does not depend on the speed of deceleration. Once it starts it seem to be there until the brakes have plenty of cooling time. I had it into the dealer and they could not find anything wrong with it or get it to do it. However last time I was in for other repairs, the service manager mentioned that 2000-2003 Tundra's had a service bulletin for a similar problem but there was not one for the Tacoma. I tried to look up information to see if the braking systems consisted of the same components, but was unsuccessful.

- Golden, CO, USA

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