really awful
Crashes / Fires:
2 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
0 / 0
Average Mileage:
73,964 miles

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2008 Toyota Tundra brakes problems

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2008 Toyota Tundra Owner Comments

problem #11

Dec 122016


  • 120,600 miles


I have a remote start system on my truck, I remote start my truck. The truck was parked on a level surface, nose pointing in towards house. The driveway drops off into a slope, but the truck was on the flat surface area. We go outside to get in it, and it's gone. It's not in the driveway and it's no where to be seen. I look over towards the creek, nope not there. Look out front, there's my truck and it is backed up on half in the street half in then the front yard. It's sitting where our mailbox should be. It is running and side marker lights are lit. I go look, open the drivers door to see if anybody is in it, nope, not a soul. It's in park, the 4 wd lo alarm is beeping, the 4lo led is lit on the dash, however, the switch/knob is still on the 2wd mode position. I press the brake pedal and the motor cuts off. So the remote start safety features were working properly. I have photos and a video (day after) showing where the truck landed and the path it traveled. I do not have any documents yet as this occurred last night. Dealership has the truck and will be evaluating the rear end and drive shaft, but insurance will not pay for inspection of the transmission. Cause of accident is unknown, but speculate something in the transmission failed while parked.

- Lenoir City, TN, USA

problem #10

May 082015

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 28,000 miles
Upon routine brake change/inspection uncovered that brake caliper mounting bolt was completely deteriorated (Toyota part number TO47814-0C010) permitting the entire brake caliper to move freely around rotor. Dealership noted vehicle is not safe to drive in condition until repair could be made. Reporting this as significant issue given that it is determined unsafe by Toyota dealer, directly effects ability to stop, and is happened to a low mileage vehicle not driven hard. Half inch caliper pins should not deteriorate.....updated 01/13/16

- Plymouth Meeting, PA, USA

problem #9

Jul 032015


  • 47,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While the vehicle was at the dealer being serviced for an unrelated issue, the contact was informed that the axle, the bearing, and the brake backing plate failed. The failure could cause the brakes to wear out prematurely. In addition, the emergency brake failed. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage was 47,000. The VIN was not available.

- Kingwood, WV, USA

problem #8

Apr 082015

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 39,460 miles


Started vehicle. Would not shift out of park. Released lock manually and drove to dealer (6 miles). They replaced fusible link and found ABS controller not working. I was told to drive home and they would call 4 days later on availability of used controller ($300 vs $1953). Brakes ok but no ABS. Had same thing happen August 31, 2014. Had the Tundra hauled to dealership. Tundra was at the dealership for a month waiting for replacement fusible link. Backordered - out of stock all the way to Japan. Toyota had to manufacture more. More than expected demand? both times warning lights for brake, check engine, ABS, air bag were on. Turn signals and speedometer not working. Dealership told me they had no idea of the cause. Told them low voltage caused this to happen to another vehicle I have. Makes me wonder if there are being truthful with me and if other safety systems may be compromised.

- Billings, MT, USA

problem #7

Jan 222015


  • 80,000 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. While driving approximately 40 mph and attempting to engagr the brakes, the brake pedal sank to the floor and the vehicle failed to stop crashing into a deer. The contact mentioned that immediately after the crash, the vehicle stability control, ab, S and 4WD warning indicators illuminated. The vehicle would no longer shift into 4WD. A police report was filed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer and diagnosed that there was an internal failure in the ABS actuator pump and a faulty speed sensor. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 80,000.

- Richmond, VA, USA

problem #6

Nov 272014


  • 97,000 miles
I have been having this on going problem with my 2008 Tundra 5.7 4X4 the 4X4 hi/L, vsc, ABS are blinking while driving at different times. Brought truck in ran test and nothing came back. Truck also feels like it bunny hops when going out of first into 2nd gear. Toyota still said nothing is wrong.

- New Lenox, IL, USA

problem #5

Nov 282014

Tundra 4WD 8-cyl

  • 74,500 miles


2008 Toyota Tundra 5.7L double cab w/74,500 miles 4hi, 4lo, ABS, vsc lights come on and flash at random intervals. The first time this happened, the cruise was set at 65 when all four lights started flashing. All other indications are normal. The truck will not engage 4hi, 4lo or vsc until it is turned off and restarted. The same day after approximately 10 miles of driving all four lights started flashing again, this time the cruise was not engaged. Sometimes one or two days pass before it happens again. No error codes are indicated on the computer.

- Las Cruces, NM, USA

problem #4

Nov 102014

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 104,000 miles
When applying brakes at high speeds the vehicle shakes. I have replaced both front disks and brake pads all around and the vehicle still does this.

- Fairchild Air Force Base, WA, USA

problem #3

Mar 112014

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 42,700 miles
I started my truck and noticed that the ABS brake light was on and the vehicle stability control (vsc) light and the 4-hi and 4-lo lights were flashing as well. The parking lot I was in was mostly empty and slick, so I tried a hard breaking and sure enough the ABS system fails to operate. I tried to accelerate and the vsc failed to work as well. I tried to shift into 4 wheel drive and that failed as well. I went online and found a number of forums where others talked about having the exact same failure. Some stated that the wiring harness failed, others that it was a bad connection. I feel that a failure like this without warning can put drivers at risk. We have come to rely on these technology advances making our vehicles safer to drive, and if they fail without warning, in the middle of a hard braking situation, this could lead to disastrous situation and possible loss of life.

- Batavia, IL, USA

problem #2

May 012013

Tundra 8-cyl

  • 137,014 miles
The 2008 Toyota Tundra SR5 violently shakes when braking at 40 plus miles an hour causing instability when driving and a major distraction. Tsb 0131-12 for this issue was released in August 2012. However, Toyota dealerships and Toyota usa headquarters will not fix the defect unless the vehicle is under warranty. Since, my vehicle is a 2008, the warranty expired in 2011 but faulty brake problem still exist.

- Cocoa, FL, USA

problem #1

Feb 252013


  • 43,331 miles
The contact owns a 2008 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the antilock brake light illuminated and the speedometer did not register current vehicle speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer who performed a diagnostic which located the failure at the ABS actuator. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The VIN was not available. The vehicle was not repaired. The failure and current mileage was 43,331.

- Lancaster , CA, USA

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