really awful
Crashes / Fires:
3 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
2 / 0
Average Mileage:
48,953 miles

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2005 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2005 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #13

Apr 012010


  • 50,000 miles


Bought this vehicle used in 2010 and it had a lot of corrosion underneath then. Currently has 50 K miles. My brakes are squealing due to corrosion preventing the calipers from moving and the wheel was corroded to the hub and it took a lot of effort to remove it. The structural members and all the components have loose layers of rust. The exhaust heat shields fell off. The spare tire restraint system looks too weak so I removed the spare. The spare wheel is so corroded that the bolt holes are no longer smooth for the lugs to bear against evenly. I am concerned that something bad will happen eventually if a weakened critical part were to fail. I doubt the undercoating Toyota is offering for 04 to 06 trucks can help much at this point. I don't want to be the guy who drops a fuel tank on the freeway.

- Hollywood, MD, USA

problem #12

Aug 082013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 112,000 miles
I have been told my truck has excessive rust on the brake line, front brake rotors and power steering unit. They will al need to be replaced.

- Hopewell Junction, NY, USA

problem #11

Jul 152010


  • 127,000 miles
Malfunctioning brake sensors on 2005 Tundra uses ABS to override driver's braking below 10 mph. The defect is that "ABS" light does not appear on dash to inform the driver that he does not have full braking authority over the vehicle when the ABS kicks in. The Toyota dealer had damaged the brake sensor while replacing the rear axle bearings. I drove the service manager to witness the loss of braking control. The brake sensor was replaced and problems solved. Back to the problem. I over shot a stop line by a few feet in heavy traffic. Luckily, I was the first one at the red traffic light. It sounded like the ABS kicked in, but ABS light did not illuminate. I thought the braking system was recalibrating itself (who knows how all these onboard computers operate these days), but the ABS was kicking in.

- Merritt Island, FL, USA

problem #10

Mar 172010


  • 74,645 miles


The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tundra. The contact was driving at approximately 35 mph when another vehicle moved into her lane. To avoid an accident, she depressed the brake pedal but the vehicle was unresponsive and did not slow down. As a result, the vehicle crashed into the other vehicle. There were two people injured. The police were called to the scene of the accident and a police report was filed. The vehicle was towed to the insurance companys automotive body shop for inspection where it was determined the vehicle was totalled. The current and failure mileages were 74,645.

- Pheonix, AZ, USA

problem #9

Sep 042009


  • 74,000 miles
Toyota Tundra 2005 - when braking the front end shudders and moves back and forth. When front braking system was inspected the rotors had warped. Toyota issued a 2005 repair notification that brake rotors were warping but did not pose a safety problem. Toyota recommended repairs require replacement of the rotors, calipers, and brake pads. There is no guarantee that this will resolve the problem per the repair notification. My vehicle continues to shudder when applying the brakes with potential loss of control at highway speeds. I have not had the recommended repairs done since the estimated cost is $2200 per my local Toyota dealer.

- Lewisville, TX, USA

problem #8

Feb 172010


  • 38,000 miles
I have experienced floor mat entanglement issues and uncommanded accelerations with my 2005 Tundra double cab. I also have experienced a clunking sound in my brakes/front end when I shift into reverse and then apply the brakes. The dealer has told me all of these issues are normal which according to the recalls for other model years they are clearly not normal. Can the 05 Tundra be added to the current recalls and can the brake issue be addressed?

- Union, WA, USA

problem #7

Dec 062006


  • 18,000 miles


While driving my 2005 Toyota Tundra, the car in front of me stopped suddenly. I hit my brakes hard but felt the car go along as if it was in neutral, no braking at all. I crashed into the car in front of me causing significant damage.

- Austin, TX, USA

problem #6

Feb 092009


  • 6,000 miles
The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated while driving at 25 mph the ABS light would flash on the dash board indicating that the brakes need to be serviced. The contact took the vehicle to a local mechanic to have the brakes serviced and the local mechanic could not find a issue with the brakes. Also the contact stated that the air flow button that controls the air inside the vehicle is malfunctioning. The contact feels this vehicle has a serious electrical issue and needs to looked at by the manufacturer. The failure mileage 6,000.

- Lake Ariel, PA, USA

problem #5

Jul 102008


  • 60,500 miles
Everytime I came to a stop light or sign, the brakes would lose pressure and then the car starts going through the light, while I am still holding the brakes. The would also lose pressure to where I could not stop in the middle of a hot day. Problem was consistent first thing in the morning on the way to work. Took it to Toyota dealer and they could not figure it out at first. They had me replace the brake pads, and rotors and bleed the lines numerous times. This still did not work and they said I needed a new master cylinder/brake booster. This assembly is all in one so the whole unit had to be replaced costing over $2,000 for the parts not including labor. The truck is a 2005 Toyota Tundra with only 60,500. They told me I was out of warranty and had to pay the cost because they have never heard of this failure before.

- Cary, NC, USA

problem #4

Jun 242008


  • 23,250 miles
I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra. I was carrying a load to the junk yard and after a few stops my brakes starting pulsing and stopping correctly became dangerous. I suspect the rotors got too hot from the load. This is a full size truck and the brakes appear to be too small to handle the braking required. The brakes and rotors will need to be replaced. This is a poor design and a safety problem. Fortunately no one has been injured yet.

- Framingham, MA, USA

problem #3

Jan 022007

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • miles


I have a 2005 Toyota Tundra with 24,000 miles and have experienced 3 issues. 1 brake failure on off ramp. 1/2/07 lower ball joint replacement- recall by Toyota. 7/9/07 left rear wheel bearing replaced 8 /14/ 07 all of these problems were addressed by Toyota of temecula. Toyota has increased the brake size on new Tundra trucks. Why? these are quality and safety issues and I am wondering when the next problem will happen. Updated 09/26/07

- Temecula, CA, USA

problem #2

Jun 152006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 30,000 miles
My 2005 Toyota Tundra, V8, aroud 30,000 miles continues to have kicking problems feel similar to minor car accident impacts everytime I release the brake pedal after each stop. I brought the truck to the Toyota dealer several times but they did not know how to fix the problem. They even called the manufacturer but they did not know how to fix it either. Since this problem involves the breaking system, I believe Toyota should spend more time to correct the problem instead saying we don't know how to fix it. There are many reports of similar problem on the web ragarding Toyota Tundra.

- San Jose, CA, USA

problem #1

Oct 262006

Tundra 8-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 23,000 miles
: the contact stated while driving 25 mph, the brakes failed to work under normal road conditions causing the vehicle to collide into another. There were not warnings prior to the failure. The manufacturer was not contacted. The vehicle was totaled and taken to a collision repair shop. A police report was taken, and the driver did not sustain injuries. Updated 11/30/2006 -

- Biddeford, ME, USA

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