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#160 of 175 Brake Malfunction
May 31, 2010 (4:24 pm)
This question concerns a 1996 Toyota Avalon with about 87,000 miles on it. Until an incident today, the brakes were working normally. After traveling a few miles and having stopped at a few stop signs and traffic signals, I approached a red light at about 30 mph. I applied the brakes. Instead of the brake pedal encountering resistance after being depressed about an inch or two, it went all the way to the floor before encountering resistance. The brakes engaged at that point and I was able to stop the car by pressing down harder than normal. The "BRAKE" light went on. I then pulled into a parking lot. The brakes continued to work the same way, with the pedal going all the way to the floor before engaging. I checked the brake fluid level and it was okay. No brake fluid leaking under the car.
I'd appreciate any advice anyone might provide to help me diagnose the problem. Thank you.
#161 of 175 Re: Brake Malfunction [delle]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Jun 01, 2010 (5:33 pm)
I would guess that you've had a failure in one of the circuit of the dual-circuit brake master cylinder; also you could have a small brake fluid leak---just enough to admit air to the system but not enough to show a conspicuous drop in fluid level.
By all means, don't drive this car anymore, and have the system checked.
#162 of 175 Brake pedal sinks to floor
Jul 16, 2010 (5:12 am)
At a stoplight the brake pedal sinks slowly to the bottom travel limit in about 10 seconds. The Toyota dealer (which is rated D - for customer service) said that was normal. I complained to Toyota corporate in Torrence, and they referred me back to the dealer. Toyota can not, or will not tell me what is the allowable 'fade' but I believe this exceeds any acceptable amount. The car has 19,000 miles, one owner, garaged in a desert climate. Sounds like an internal leak in the master cylinder to me, maybe I'll put a kit in it...since the dealer won't. It's under extended warranty by the way.
#163 of 175 Re: Brake pedal sinks to floor [marcusaurelius]
Jul 16, 2010 (6:01 am)
This is the sort of dealer incompetence that drives vehicle owners crazy. With only 19000 miles and extended warranty, you should not be guessing and throwing money at the problem (similar problem on my low mileage vehicle required complete master cylinder replacement, under warranty). There must be another reputable dealer within a reasonable driving distance, I would make phone calls until I found one.
Somebody out there must still want to have satisfied customers for future business.
#164 of 175 2008 avalon touring
Mar 22, 2011 (9:04 am)
what kind of brake pad should i use ceramic or metallic? best reasonable all season tire
#165 of 175 Squeaky brake and gas pedals
Mar 22, 2011 (9:13 am)
I have a 2006 Toyota Avalon Touring model. Both my gas and brake pedal have an annoying squeak to them when you are driving. It is coming from inside. Is there a spot to lubricate or W-D 40 to stop the squeak? Is anyone else having this problem?
#166 of 175 Re: 2008 avalon touring [whetherson]
Mar 22, 2011 (8:20 pm)
To prevent noise, I've always used the OE pads from Toyota.
Tires are a personal thing...I've seen people say a set is noisy when others say they aren't...it could be related to hearing. I love my Michelins; however, some think they are too pricy. A good place to start for tires is Consumer Reports, then ask at a reputable tire shop. Careful just to ask for a recommendation, as I used to work at a tire shop and they always recommended what was on spiff that month...
#167 of 175 Re: 1996 Avalon 3.0 liter automatic 4 wheel abs [denise4525]
Oct 13, 2011 (10:36 am)
im having the same problem were you able to figure anything out?
Oct 31, 2011 (2:11 pm)
BRAKE QUESTION: My husband just put on brake shoes and can't seem to get the brakes bled. Can someone help.
#169 of 175 Re: 1996 Avalon [dogsrmylife4u]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
Oct 31, 2011 (2:26 pm)
Why would he need to bleed the brakes? Did he also do wheel cylinders on the rear brakes?
In any event, if he opened up the hydraulic system, he'll probably have to start by bleeding the master cylinder, if indeed he can't get a firm pedal by using conventional means.
Although this car has ABS, no special procedure for bleeding the ABS system is necessary on this vehicle.