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#864 of 1009 Brake question...?
Sep 15, 2011 (10:27 pm)
So I have a 2010 Corolla. I bought the car used as a previous rental with 9500 miles for under $15k a few months ago, which was a stellar deal at the time with used car prices being ridiculous. I don't have any lights on my dash, but I have a question about the brakes. I notice that when braking over uneven road (paved or unpaved) the brake pedal sometimes feels like it's shaking. I get the same feeling when braking suddenly. However it doesn't happen under normal braking (haven't gotten the chance to test it out on wet pavement). I took it to the dealership and they said the brakes were fine and that it is just the ABS system doing its job. Is this true? I have driven cars with ABS and I haven't felt the actual pedal vibrate before. Should I take it to a mechanic and get the drums/rotors checked out? I don't know how I feel about the Toyota dealership I bought the car from. I went back 2 weeks after I bought the car because of a rattle from the driver side seatbelt pillar (B pillar). They couldn't find the rattle. Went back again a month later and they said they found the rattle and repaired it but it's still there...
#865 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [windgrace]
Sep 16, 2011 (4:41 am)
That's actually correct. It is a safety feature and it simply means the brakes are recalibrating due to the uneven ground or even moisture in the drums. I live by a theory though, Toyota is going to look out for Toyota. Go to an independent mechanic that you believe has a good reputation and that you can trust for any evaluation of a feature in your car in order to put the mind at ease.
#866 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [windgrace]
Sep 16, 2011 (5:04 am)
I would have to agree with the dealer's technician in that I think it's ABS kicking in a little prematurely. That being said, to assure yourself why not take it to a different dealer in your area for a brake inspection. Should be under the warranty yet, right?
#867 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [terceltom]
Sep 16, 2011 (8:09 am)
When my mom had a Rav4 she took it to an independent technician who worked at a Toyota dealership for many years and knows the cars backwards and forwards...he's very competent. I think when I hit 15k in a few months I'm gonna take it to him for the check-up. I'll ask about the brakes then. In the other thread I posted this in I was told it is possibly because of the tires, which are crappy goodyear oe ones.
#868 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [windgrace]
Sep 16, 2011 (8:27 am)
That would be a good idea however, you'll then have to pay for it vs. just going to another Toyota Dealer.
#869 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [terceltom]
Sep 16, 2011 (10:01 am)
I think the next closest Toyota dealership is even worse in the service department than the one I bought the car from, though. Since I bought the car with 9.5k miles on it I still have to pay for the 15k maintenance though...I still want this rattle dealt with.
Even though I still have some treadwear left on the tires (not sure how to estimate how much I have left, but I have a while before the treadwear bar) but would it be worth chucking the goodyears for some decent tires? I live at about 2500 feet near the Sierra Nevadas so snow comes through maybe 5-6 days a year but in like 3 months or so we're gonna get rain and I'm worried that if my ABS system is overreacting because these tires suck I am worried about what will happen in the rain...
#870 of 1009 Re: Brake question...? [windgrace]
Sep 17, 2011 (6:30 am)
Well the rattle is a warranty issue so you wouldn't have to pay for that. I wouldn't know about the cost of the pre-determined maitenence schedule needs (other than they are expensive) because with all of my past and present Toyotas I have never taken any of them in for those rip-off appts. All I do is gas them up, change the oil and filters every 4 K miles, keep an eye on the tires, check the brakes and I never have any problems. Example: I have a 2001 Corolla I bought new in 2000; the thing has never been in the shop execpt for brake pad replacement and tires, I do the oil changes. It runs like a clock! My 2009 Corolla has only been in for the recalls. Well, best of luck with your issues.
Sep 17, 2011 (8:29 am)
I'd look in the manual and just do what is recommended...nothing more/nothing less. Some of the things the dealer wants to do are unnecessary. Or ask in here or your private ex-Toyota mechanic. I did both and the folks in here were quite helpful. Since my car is a bit over 5 years but has just over 32k on the clock, I did the usual oil change/rotation & alignment stuff. But I also changed out the brake fluid and the tranny fluid due to the age of the car as recommended by Isell I think. I want to keep this car for another 5 or so years, so it was $ well spent. Now that my a/c compressor is bad, I'm gonna have to go back to Honda and see if they'll help me with a part that seems to have worn out prematurely...we shall see what happens!
just do what's necessary on your car...if you let them, the service writers "might" sell you more than you need. Good luck!!
#872 of 1009 Re: 2009 Corolla Starting Noise / Issues [jmaniii]
Oct 06, 2011 (4:15 pm)
Did you get your issues resolved when you took it to the dealer? I am having t he same sound from my 2009 Corolla S and it has gotten worse over the last year. It went from if my car sat for more than 12 hours to more than 2 hours. Any information on what is causing it can help me go get it fixed.
#873 of 1009 Re: 2009 Corolla Starting Noise / Issues [jmaniii]
Oct 06, 2011 (4:21 pm)
Hey, did you get the starting noise repaired on your car? if so what was the cause? I am trying to know what is wrong so I dont lose a lot of time waiting for them to let my car sit until it will make the noise again.... Any help you can supply will be greatly apprecciated! Thanks!