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Toyota Camry Hybrid, Brakes, Sedan
May 04, 2007 (7:23 am)
I have a 2007 TCH with 3900 miles. My brakes squeak. Its been to the dealer twice. Last time, they said they replaced the brake components. Still squeaks. The service department now tells me this is typical.
They say the brake pads have metal in their composition which rusts and causes the brakes to squeak for the first few times I brake and especially during wet weather. I've had several Camrys and have never had this irritating problem. This my first TCH. What do you all think?>
#22 of 73 Re: TCH brakes [lessachs]
May 04, 2007 (9:52 am)
22,000 miles and I've not heard it. Then again I don't hear high frequencies well
#23 of 73 Re: TCH brakes [lessachs]
May 04, 2007 (11:53 am)
It has happened in the cold weather, usually at start-up and quickly goes away. Have not heard the sound recently as it has gotten warmer... I have 10,000 miles on my TCH.
#24 of 73 brake squeak
Jun 05, 2007 (7:42 pm)
I hear a brake squeak or squeal at low apeeds, parking lot, garage etc..
Ive seen refernce to a technical service bulletin but i dont know where to find them.
Going in for the first service appointment tomorrow, will check back in the morning.
I also want to get fog lights and a block heater for winter FE.
average 35 mpg so far, 22 with my Volvo
#25 of 73 Re: brake squeak [mrpat]
Jun 06, 2007 (11:37 am)
Please tell us what they say about fog lights as I have never gotten a plausible answer. Thanks.. Peter
#26 of 73 fog lights
Jun 07, 2007 (1:56 pm)
I dont want them any more I just posted a reply to someone who got the zenon headlights installed instead. I will try to get them installed.
Dealer said fog lights would cost about 900.00
Definitely not worth it unless done at the factory.
#27 of 73 Re: Overly Sensitive Brakes
Jun 08, 2007 (7:04 pm)
I just picked up my TCH and everything is good so far except for the break. When I am breaking to stop the car or simply slowing down the car, it makes some kind of noise like wind blowing noise or hail noise.
Does anyone expriencing this problem? please share!
#28 of 73 Re: Overly Sensitive Brakes [thaip]
Jun 09, 2007 (10:05 am)
What you describe sounds normal to me. Both the hybrid system and regenerative brakes make distinct sounds, most noticeable when braking or slowing down. Some people call it a whine.
#29 of 73 Hesitate or Not Smooth Getting the car Rolling
Jun 17, 2007 (5:59 pm)
I am in the process learning all about the TCH. If anyone exprience the below situation please share! When the car stop at a traffic light or at park or when just started, the fuel consumption gauge at E, now you step on the gas pedal to get the car rolling, the car is not rolling smoothly like a regular gasoline engine car would. If I step on the gas pedal very slowly then the car rolling smoothly. I don't know if because it is in the transition stage from electric to gasoline so the car is hesitating?
The ECO button, is it o.k to use it all the time? Does it really help with the MPG? My first tank, I averaged 32 miles and I put on 480 miles. Will I get better MPG?
#30 of 73 Re: Hesitate or Not Smooth Getting the car Rolling [thaip]
Jun 17, 2007 (8:03 pm)
From a standing stop, it's normal to feel a slight shudder when the engine starts up. Once up to speed, the back and forth switching of the hybrid system should be hard to detect.
If the ECO mode saves gas, I haven't noticed it. On hot days I think it reduces the cooling output of the AC too much.
Your mileage will vary greatly based on how and where you drive, length of trips, outside temperature (cold weather hurts hybrid mileage), and I'm sure a few other factors.
The best test is probably to take a long freeway drive. At 70 mph I'd be surprised if you didn't get 38-40 mpg (assuming it wasn't mostly uphill!).