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#98 of 167 Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna?
May 22, 2010 (8:33 am)
Does anyone has a problem with the brake on 2010 sienna? It seem like the brake take about 1 or 2 second before it is finally engage if I brake normally. If I brake hard then it is stop very good but if I brake slightly by press the brake normally then it is not doing good job to stop it. Dealer could not find any wrong with it. dealer let me test drive 2011 and the brake on the model work good as the break I have on Kia Rondo and Chevy Impala. I called Toyota company and they told me go to another dealer to ask for second opinion. I told them about the brake on 2011 model. They said my van has 7K mileage, the one I tested drive is new van. I told them my van is still new. I want to know if anyone out there has the same problem with the brake. What is my option beside report this problem to government?
#99 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [audit2000]
May 25, 2010 (11:05 am)
My brakes (2007 LE) don't behave any different than my other cars.
I'd have the system bled to make sure there are no air bubbles in the brake lines.
It is a heavy vehicle, so give yourself plenty of space to stop, also.
#100 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [audit2000]
May 28, 2010 (6:18 am)
The brakes on my Sienna 2005 felt mushy since the day one. Quite many other people reported the same feeling. The dealer said that is how it is, but this is something every dealer always says. However, as in your case, whenever we needed to brake hard, it did the job very well, so we just stopped worrying.
Actually I am much more irritated by a very rapid wear of both front and rear pads, I have to change them every 10-15k miles in a mostly "suburban" driving, and as far as I could gather, this is also pretty typical for Sienna. I think maybe its Camry-like brakes are just inadequate for a minivan. Or maybe this is the electronic brake distribution thing, like with newer Honda Accords. This second hypothesis might explain why not everybody experienced this (not all Siennas were equipped with this option back then). Anyway, can't wait to see the reports about brakes of a next generation Sienna.
#101 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [victor23]
May 28, 2010 (6:56 am)
That seem too frequent - I'm on my original pads at 30k miles, and they have plenty of life left in them.
#102 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [ateixeira]
May 28, 2010 (2:14 pm)
Yeah, so you are one of those who, as I mentioned, were more lucky. Or maybe you just do more highway? The dearer told me, my wife is too aggressive a driver, and I nagged her with that, but the truth is, we both are very skilled and conscientious drivers (no bragging here), this never happened with any other of our current and previous vehicles over decades, though now I realize that I don't really have a reliable statistics for my previous Oldsmobile minivan. Hold on a moment, there is another exception: my Honda Accord has about 20k miles on it, and the rear pads are gone, while the front ones are intact. But this is a well-known Accord problem since 2006 which remains unsolved so far.
Back to Sienna, this is not that the brakes would not completely release. I checked the wheel heating right after the trip, it is OK. The fuel consumption of my Sienna is pretty lousy in mostly "suburban" driving, about 18-19 mpg, but that is mostly in line with CR and others experience. (Only most people call this "city driving", whereas it actually is not. City driving - it is, by correct definition, stop-and-go somewhere in Manhattan.) We are getting 26-27 on a highway (and 28 when we purposely observe speed limits), so brake mechanics is not a problem.
BTW, tires are also gone too soon. I blamed lousy OEM Dunlops for lasting only 20k and installed Yokohamas, but the improvement is just marginal. I did some research, and found that many-many Sienna users have exactly the same complaints about brake pads and tires, much more than owners of other minivans. But then again, many other Sienna owners report better longevity.
Other than that and 3 problems with doors, Sienna is a very pleasant vehicle, and when I hear complaints about "disconnected feel" and "numb steering", always some old proverbs come to mind, but I don't want to inadvertently offend anyone.
#103 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [victor23]
May 28, 2010 (9:04 pm)
On our 2004 Sienna I replaced front pads at 40K and again at 75K. The brakes do seem marginal for a 4200 lb vehicle.
#104 of 167 2006 Brake light on dash is on
Jun 01, 2010 (9:53 am)
yesterday, I changed the brake pads and had the rotors turned on my 2006 Toyota Sienna. Everything works good, however, upon starting the van after the brake job, the brake light has come on, and stays on all the time. I bleed the brakes, and have great pedal. Any help on this? Is there a place to reset like the check engine light?
#105 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [victor23]
Jun 01, 2010 (11:23 am)
Lots of highway/trips, that's surely a factor.
Also, the Mid Atlantic is fairly flat, not many large hills around here.
You only got 20k out of the Dunlops? Mine are at 30k and also plenty of life left. More than half the tread is left.
#106 of 167 brake problems on 2005 sienna
Jun 01, 2010 (2:32 pm)
Since I bought this new in 2004 the brakes have been the problem. They pulsated in wet or snowy weather and in the last year anytime. I have had it to the dealer many times for the problem but yesterday I stripped the brakes down and found the sllide bolts are most likely the problem. One slide on each caliper is rusted solid, has a "slide gasket" on ea rusted bolt (not the others), and took at least an hour to free 1 up and remove it. There is no way the brakes could function properly being in this condition - NO WAY. To replace ea. caliper (bracket only) is $440. I have spent enough on it. Getting everything from NAPA for $300. I will be taking these to the dealer in the morning and show them and take it from there. And yes the slide door is malfunctioning but can wait till this is solved.
#107 of 167 Re: Any One has brake problem with 2010 van sienna? [ateixeira]
Jun 02, 2010 (8:22 am)
Well, yes, Recife IS Mid-Atlantic, in some sense
I am in Mid-Atlantic too, but in western PA, which is not exactly a mountainous region, yet anything but flat.
To be more precise, 19k on Dunlops. Maybe tire and brake pad wear go in sync, and increase dramatically for Sienna with even slight hints of city/hilly traffic component. Some people say this is true for all minivans, but Sienna owners complain, apparently, much more often.