really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
3 / 1
Average Mileage:
39,205 miles

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2001 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2001 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #9

Mar 022006

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 64,215 miles


Bolt holding driver side brake caliper (front) was found missing. This bolt is one of four that hold the two caliper sides (inner and outer) together. Called local Toyota dealership and was told I had to buy the complete caliper assembly for $387 to get the bolt. I called the Toyota national help line and they confirmed verbally that the last time they came across this problem the problem was solved by the purchase of a complete assembled caliper. The bolt is a 10mm X 1.25 X 90mm with a hardness stamp of "9".

- Flagstaff, AZ, USA

problem #8

Mar 312006

Tundra 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 56,000 miles
2001 Toyota Tundra front brake shimmy so severe that truck was unsafe to drive. Began at approximately 40K miles and progressively got worse until entire front brake rebuild required costing over $2,200 at 56K miles.

- Doylestown, PA, USA

problem #7

Feb 112005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 40,000 miles
Brakes and ball joint failure of Toyota Tundra lim. 4door 4.7L 8 cylinder 4X4 right side wheel came off and hit two persons on the shoulder of the highway in which one was killed.

- Las Piedras , PR, USA

problem #6

Sep 072005

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 37,629 miles


My 2001 Tundra truck has only 80,000 miles and for the second time the calipers and braking system are having to be redone. This starts with severe vibrations in the steering wheel when applying the brakes. If on an incline, the vibration can be so bad it is difficult to hold the steering and stop. You have to release the brake to relieve the vibration and then re-apply quickly. The local Toyota dealership is fixing this problem for the second time and I do not have the old parts. The first time this happened was around 37629 miles in may of 2003, now it has happened again at 80800 miles in September 2005.

- Montgomery, AL, USA

problem #5

Mar 052005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 100 miles
I have brake problems. I have less than 36000 and my brake pad needed to be replaced. I have also had a abnormal vibration in the truck when applying the brakes. This has been the case since I purchased the vechilce new. Thought it was normal for the truck but guess not. Toyota is paying for the parts, and I'm paying for labor to replace rotors, pads, calipers to resolve the issue. Costing me $400.

- Colorado Springs, CO, USA

problem #4

Feb 032005

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 60,000 miles
I recently bought a "certified used" 2001 Toyota Tundra and purchased the extended warranty. Within a few months, the truck brakes started acting funky. I took it to the dealership for routine oil change, mentioned the problem, and they said they would adjust the brakes. This helped it brakes for a few more months. The brakes started to get worse and would vibrate the entire truck when braking. I did an internet search and learned of a tsb for Toyota Tundra braking problem where Toyota recognized that the brake calipers were undersized for the truck. I took the truck to the dealer and the warranty covered replacement of the brake calipers and other components, but would not cover the rotors that were damaged by their factory defective braking calipers. I feel that Toyota should recall all Toyota models with the known braking problem, and reimburse all owners that have had costly repairs. Thanks, jay.

- Gilbert, AZ, USA

problem #3

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 #2

Apr 052004


  • miles
Front brakes/brakes are poorly designed/insufficient to handle the task of stopping the truck. Front brake rotor is warped from overheating. The truck vibrates badly when the brakes are applied, and pulls dangerously to the left. Toyota knows all this - it is in their tsb instructing dealers to replace/upgrade Tundra front brakes if still under warranty.

- Paradise Valley, AZ, USA

problem #1

Jun 242003

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 44,900 miles
I have a 2001 Toyota Tundra. I feel that the braking system is not what it should be. I have had the rotors turned and new brake shoes put on, but I am still experiencing a bad shake in the brakes.

- Lake Toxaway, NC, USA

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