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#35 of 63 2007 Toyota Matrix maintenance issue - vibrations
Apr 19, 2009 (10:48 am)
We purchased a pre-owned 2007 Matrix with 12K miles on it and managed to add an addition 17K miles in the span of 6 months (do LOTS of commuting for work and also did a trip to Florida to and from NYC). Lately, I noticed that every time I stop at a read light my car starts vibrating. Also, notice this when I'm braking the car. However, when I put the car in neutral the vibrating stops. Before I bring it in for servicing, what o you good folks think? I suspect it may be breaks, alignment, or just the tires (I heard the tires are poor on the Matrix). Thanks.
#36 of 63 brake clacking
Jul 30, 2009 (8:33 am)
i have an 08 matrix.....i had my brakes checked and were said to be good....but i have a noise that comes come on intermitently...mostly after when the car has been sitting...i'll apply the brakes and get a click clack sound....one frome each bracke...some time only one will sound....does this have something to do with abs system....thank you....martin
#37 of 63 Re: brake clacking [motwnbro]
Aug 04, 2009 (3:03 pm)
I have the same year and exact same issue. My garage (today) say, 1 the brakes *are* safe and 2 it is a known issue and 3 there is a Technical Bulletin on it (I have been unable to find it so far) it, they say is due to normal wear and slight misalignment and will be a 1/2 day fix and should be covered by warranty. My garage took the brakes apart, lubed some bits and put them back together and the noise has gone but they say I should expect it recur
#38 of 63 Re: 2007 Toyota Matrix maintenance issue - vibrations [danit]
Aug 14, 2009 (6:08 pm)
I had similar problem and Toyota dealership service persuaded me to have some kind of belt change. But it did not stop the vibration after spending a few hundreds more.
A few months later, the battery died. And amazingly the battery change fixed the problem. I have a more powerful battery though. Maybe you can try it.
The vibration at stop used to drive me nuts, especially when the A/C is on. Now no more vibration. Good luck to you.
#39 of 63 Steering wheel shaking terribly when brake my Toyota Matrix at higher speed
Aug 14, 2009 (6:11 pm)
Anyone has similar experience and can give any advice? Thanks.
#40 of 63 Re: Steering wheel shaking terribly when brake my Toyota Matrix at higher speed [kathychung]
Aug 17, 2009 (7:57 am)
How old was the battery? Did it ever need water added?
Sometimes an old battery will draw a lot of charge current due to worn out plate separators. The alternator would have to supply that extra charge current. That increases alternator drag and makes the engine work harder, especially at idle.
#41 of 63 Re: Steering wheel shaking terribly when brake my Toyota Matrix at higher speed [circuitsmith]
Aug 17, 2009 (10:21 am)
The battery is almost new. I just had it replaced a few months ago. The shaking happens at high speed braking not at idling. Thanks.
#42 of 63 Toyota Matrix 2006 FWD Brake Problem
Dec 07, 2009 (9:00 pm)
I bought a brand new Toyota Matrix 2006 FWD from the dealer for my brother. He has been behind the wheel for more than 10 years, good records as I did. He told me he could feel that the brake doesn't response quick enough, but I though he possibly just needed some time to get used to it. Last Winter he made a left turn on a snowy day, about -20 degrees, he found the brake responsed wierdly and he lost the control, and the car hat the curb and bent the front wheel. I thought he possibly just careless driving, and we switched our car. This winter I encounted almost the same problem as he did. I drove on a snow day for about 60KMH with about -20 degrees, found a car stalled at least 20 meters in front of me, start to brake but my car shaked uncontrollably once brakes are applied, and it turned almost 90 degreees and slipped on the car in front. Well my car didn't have an ABS and snow tires, however, I had driven cars without them for more than 10 winters and never ha such a bad situation. Could anybody explain to me what might be wrong with the brake system?
Thank you in advance!
#43 of 63 Re: Toyota Matrix 2006 FWD Brake Problem [canabear]
Dec 08, 2009 (8:22 am)
You need to find a good mechanic at an independent non-chain shop check out the brake system. You're due to have the brake fluid changed anyway.
I don't think anyone can offer more specific help sight-unseen.
#44 of 63 Matrix braking loss
Dec 30, 2009 (4:04 am)
2003 Matrix XR. Is this normal? I thought brakes systems had 2 separate circuits to avoid it: This has happened twice to my car: I started off with the handbrake engaged. After about a kilometer, I noticed it and released the handbrake. All seemed normal and there was braking. About ten minutes later, total brake failure. Luckily this happened in a place where I could coast down to a safe stop. When the car cooled down (about an hour later) braking returned to normal. Dealer check said nothing was wrong and that I boiled the fluid into its reservoir and this is normal. Same thing happened to my wife a year later now. (Not so lucky, but only car damage, happily.)