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#1909 of 2169 I fixed my brakes
Jan 21, 2009 (10:39 am)
Like a lot of other Sequoia owners, I have had brake problems and VSC problems.
I finally found the solution. Here is what I did. Good luck with your vehicle.
One day I was on ebay and noticed a set of rear and front brake calipers for a 2006 Sequoia. I was bored and bid $99.00...damn I won. I figured, OK, I will need a set of good discs to go with them. Again I found a set on ebay...CHEAP. New. Drilled and slotted front and rear.
When I jacked up the Sequoia to work on the brakes, I did the rears first...NO PROBLEMS.
The front was a different matter. I knew the front 2006 calipers were larger, but I did not know that the backing plate on my 2001 would interfere with mounting them. I got my sawzall out and a new metal cutting blade. Chopped about an inch and a half off the corners of the backing plate...top and bottom...VOILA... it works. The only other thing that you have to remember is that the 2006 calipers are thinner so you will need to use a washer with the bolt so it does not botttom out when you try to tighten it all up.
NOW FOR THE REALLY GOOD NEWS.
I decided to "re-set" the memory in the on board computers. Doing this is easy. Disconnect the battery. Hold the negative cable and the positive cable together for 10 seconds. Since I did all this, I have had NO warnings from the VSC. The vehicle stops extremely well and the rotors are true so that all my brake chatter and small shimmy at highway speeds has disappeared.
I hope this helps everyone.
So why has Toyota not addressed this issue? Damned if I know. I am just happy to finally have a properly functioning vehicle after 8 years of aggrevation.
#1910 of 2169 Sequoia Brakes
Jan 21, 2009 (11:22 am)
Wow .... thx from all us Sequoia owners ... !! Are the brakes more positive (firm) ??
My Sequoia an 02, 120,000 mile Lmtd. Routine maintenence except for (2nd) rear latch. K & N air filters, Bosch Platinum 4 prong plugs, Castrol Syntx 5W40. 16/17 City, 20 mpg highway interstate + spds. I'm waiting for the twin turbo diesel Sequoia. Get with the future Toyota Corp.
#1911 of 2169 A world of difference
Jan 22, 2009 (3:55 am)
The brakes are awesome. It stops without drama. No vibrations. No shimmying. No "out of balance" feeling while at speed. Stopping distances are dramatically reduced. What I still cannot get over is the absence of the old VSC warning lights flashing and the ABS going out.
I just wish I had sat down and applied what I knew about race cars to this problem 5 years ago when I gave up on Toyota and their "technicians". I prefer mechanics.
#1912 of 2169 Re: VSC & Trac Control Lights on [dgut]
Feb 09, 2009 (9:39 am)
We just had this similar problem. Everytime we started the car and put it into drive, you could hear the VSC/TRAC system trying to work and then it would beep,and the lights would come on and stay on. I saw that someone else had taken out the VSC sensors from the wheel hub, on all four tires and found they were rusted. When the rust is cleaned off and reinstalled, then unplug vehicle battery to reset computer and the problem is solved. THere is a O-ring that is worn on my back two wheels that has allowed rust and debris to form on the sensors. I'll be replacing those rings. This was a pretty simple fix, for what could have been a very expensive dealer repair.
#1913 of 2169 2001 Sequioa - Rough Idle
Feb 20, 2009 (1:29 pm)
Hey, we just bought an '01 Sequioa and it was idling a bit rough....but only while in Park. When you are pulled up to a stop light or checking the mail with your foot on the brake while in drive.....it doesn't have a rough idle at that time. The truck now has 120,000 miles on it....and everything else on the vehicle is fine. I was thinking about changing the spark plugs....??? Anyone have any suggestions on whether this will help???
#1914 of 2169 Re: 2001 Sequioa - Rough Idle [UNKAGED]
Feb 24, 2009 (5:19 am)
When you change the plugs, clean the throttle body. It is easy to do. Get a can of carb clenaer and start spraying away at the accumulated grime in the intake.
I suspect your problem will disappear.
#1915 of 2169 Re: 2001 Sequioa - Rough Idle [jerrydock]
Feb 24, 2009 (8:06 am)
Will do jerrydock.....thanks for your reply.....
#1917 of 2169 2002 with high mileage
Mar 08, 2009 (4:32 pm)
I recently came across a 2002 Sequoia for sale with 150,000 miles. Looked like it was in good condition, but before getting too involved with it, just wondering if anyone out there would recommend it with such high mileage. Appreciate your thoughts.
#1918 of 2169 Re: 2002 with high mileage [robert140]
Mar 08, 2009 (10:39 pm)
That works out to well over 20,000 miles per year which is quite high (typical is around 12-14,000 per year). Mileage like that is indicative of highway miles and some would interpret that as a good thing. In any case, you can use that high mileage as a bargaining chip.
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