really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
10,427 miles

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2009 Toyota Tacoma brakes problems

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2009 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #16

May 302011

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 32,000 miles


Braking inconsistency, usually in stop and go or unexpected traffic stops, say at traffic lights and intersections. Occasionally the efficiency of the brakes varies, usually causing concern that one might / will not be able to stop short of a collision. Ie near misses. This condition is experienced even on dry excellent road surfaces in normal weather conditions. Surprise, longer than expected stopping distances, questioning if all the brakes are functioning or if ABS is cutting in prematurely. Occasional long rollouts stops and a couple of experiences where I had to alter heading to almost pass up along side the vehicle ahead, during a freeway stop and go, panic stop has made me suspect that there might be a relationship with the axle-wrap (Tacoma) phenomenon. Could the excessive brake bias caused rotation of the rear axle housing and ABS sensors be imparting a premature false, impending wheel lockup signal, to the ABS computer to unnecessarily bypass fluid under pressure back to the reservoir and thus not maintain full brake pressure to all four brakes/wheels during medium to heavy braking on good road conditions? not all stops produce bumping (axlewrap) and only on occasion is reduced braking a major factor, however they do occur and usually when you are not expecting it. Toyota doesn't seem to have a solution to the axle-wrap recurring discrepancy. Dealerships seem to believe that if there was a serious problem then Toyota would tell them about it" unusual brake shoe wear patterns exist. On subject vehicle the rear shoes at last inspection appeared to be about half worn away and the front disc pads were relatively little worn and one could expect that the backs would need changing two to three times relative to the front discs once. This may support the theory that a severe brake bias exists and could be due to a malfunctioning ABS system" technicians from Toyota have driven the vehicle and have not recommended any solutions or corrective maintenance. 5/10 - 5/11.

- Lake Havasu City, AZ, USA

problem #15

Aug 122010


  • 24,000 miles
This vehicle has what I consider to be a break problem. The pressure and length of pedal depression required to stop the vehicle is dangerous. I have to depress the pedal to the floor in order to stop under average driving conditions. It actually feels as though the pedal has not fully engaged the braking system when completely depressed. The length of travel in the pedal from the point where breaks initially engage and completely stops is excessive and could cause an accident. I have taken the vehicle in to Toyota for service and they have indicated that the breaks are within Toyota specifications and do not require service.

- Belchertown, MA, USA

problem #14

Apr 192009

Tacoma 6-cyl

  • 10 miles
I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma double cab pre runner. The brakes are spongy and become even softer when driven. The brake pedal slowly loses height, sinking towards the floor. Stopping distance becomes unpredictable and the vehicle becomes more difficult to stop. I've complained to the dealer several times, and filed numerous complaints with you guys. Will you please help me resolve my braking issue.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #13

Oct 162010

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • 5,000 miles


Brake pedal goes all the way to the floor sometimes. If you pump it then it is ok.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #12

Apr 132010

(reported on)

Tacoma 4-cyl

  • miles
S10 appropriate-letter from re concerns about the brake pedal in his 2009 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck. The consumer stated he noticed the brake pedal almost went to the floor board. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for an inspection, but they were unable to find anything wrong it.

- Norfolk, VA, USA

problem #11

Mar 172010


  • 6,000 miles
A some times low brake pedal, never takes hold at the same hight. Some times as high as just a 1/2 inch. The next time below the throtle by an inch. I have hit a pick up in the rear and a boulder. The dealer told me this is normal. Who do I belive.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #10

Mar 172009


  • 8,000 miles


The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact stated that when depressing the brake pedal, it would feel spongy and would not engage fully. The approximate failure mileage was 15 mph. The brakes would fall on the floor board. In order to get the brakes to engage, he had to pump the brake pedal several times. The dealer could not locate any failures in the braking system. The dealer stated that the brakes were operating as designed and the contact would have to get comfortable with the braking system. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure mileage was 8,000 and the current mileage was unknown.

- Rochester, NY, USA

problem #9

Feb 202010


  • 4,000 miles
Purchased new Toyota Tacoma trd sport in Aug 2009 with zero miles. All seemed ok, other than a few frustrating cab rattles here and there. However, I also noticed that as my truck neared more miles (7,000 current), I now have to press on the brake pedal a bit harder, yet when I brought this up to the dealer, they stated all was normal and could not replicate. I've had a couple of instances where I've had to press the brake pretty hard to come to a stop or slow down. It seems I need to ride it a little harder than when I first bought my truck. I also want to add, that besides the irritating rattles (door panels/tray holder in center console below the steering wheel - which was replaced, but still make pop sounds here and there, the other smaller rattles - some of which were coming from ill-fit window seals were not really fixed. The dealer replaced the seals and the popping sounds stopped for a day or so then returned. I found the problem is the seals tend to be somewhat improper fit. In other words, they are too large and cause the rubbing. I personally corrected this by removing all door panels only to find out that some of the rattle sounds I had complained about merely had a small piece of felt on the backside, which did not completely cure the problem. I purchased an entire roll of this material myself and coated the inside of each door panel then added a small piece of weather stripping to the inside of door panel edge where it touches the glass window. This helped considerably in reducing air noise and no more rattling. My complaint is still with the brake pedal sometimes, not always, needing to be pushed harder than normal to come to stop or slow down. On other thing I addressed with the dealer was the fact that when I slow down and make turn, not complete stop and go, my engine RPM's don't decelerate quickly enough for the transmission to catch up. Dealer states this is normal operating rpms catching down to shift down of tranny.

- Bakersfield, CA, USA

problem #8

Feb 272010


  • 4,000 miles
Hi and low brake pedal, hard to tell how to stop and have ran it a bolder and a pickup with small damage.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #7

Feb 142010


  • 27,000 miles
The contact owns 2009 Toyota Tacoma. The contact was driving approximately 20 mph on snow covered road conditions; proceeding to make a turn. The driver applied pressure to the brake system. The vehicle began to skid and steered into one direction uncontrollably. The vehicle bounced off a curb. The driver was able to gain control and resumed normal operation. There was a one time failure occurrence. The failure mileage was 27,000.

- Ganhanna, OH, USA

problem #6

Nov 202009


  • 900 miles


Brake pedal goes to the floor with out stopping, had it to the dealer three times with out a permanent fix.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #5

Nov 182009


  • 200 miles
Brake pedal low or high some times, what ever it feels like. Been in to fisher Toyota four times with no lasting fix, last time the factory rep said that this is standard and no trouble. I have all most wrecked more then one time as you never know how hard to push down to stop.

- Yuma, AZ, USA

problem #4

Apr 242009


  • 200 miles
The brakes on my 2009 Toyota double cab are very spongy and down right scary. After several minutes of driving the brakes become very soft, the height of the pedal decreases and the vehicle pulls to the left or right before it finally comes to a resting stop. The vehicle stops only when the brake pedal is pushed inches away from the floor. The vehicle is very difficult to stop when loaded with cargo or traveling down hill. Sometimes when the vehicle is stopped it lunges forward even when the brakes are applied. I've been in law enforcement for 15 years or more which has allowed me to participate in numerous driving courses. I've also been driving since the age of sixteen, during that time I've owned many cars and trucks including Toyota. My Tacoma has the worse brakes of any vehicle I have ever driven. My driving experience has allowed me to avoid numerous accidents that my Tacoma has presented. I'm afraid my Tacoma will present me with a situation in which my skills want matter.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #3

Apr 042009


  • 300 miles
I own a 2009 Toyota Tacoma pre runner double cab. The brakes are very soft and become softer when driven. They only catch when pushed all the way to the floor. I'm very cautious when I drive the vehicle, spending most of my time judging distance. I'm afraid this method used to operate this vehicle will fail me soon.

- Woodbridge, VA, USA

problem #2

Oct 222008


  • 223 miles
I notice the brake pedal goes all the way down before the brake feels that is applied. I've taken back to dealership and they found nothing in error. I disagree. I've had several other people drive my car-with the same concern. Brakes don't grab. My brother who is ups head mechanic said the same, a fault with the brake pedal. Shouldn't have to go to the floor before the braking system is applied. Just want you to know there's a problem there. I'm aware of it so I drive with caution. But this needs to be address. Thanks, patti kay. I took back to dealership Oct.22 2008 and they said the cause was from the floor mat---it doesn't matter how many floor mats you have it's in the pedal. Either needs adjusted or new pedal system put in.

- Kingston, NJ, USA

problem #1

May 302009


  • 55,000 miles
The contact owns a 2009 Toyota Tacoma. When he attempted to apply the brakes, the brake pedal would become stiff. This condition caused him to increase his stopping distances. On one occasion the brake pedal fell to the floor, which disabled him from pushing the pedal. The vehicle was taken to the dealership for inspection. The technician could not provide a remedy because he could not duplicate the failure. The current and failure mileages were 55000.

- Waddy, KY, USA

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