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#9 of 12 2008 RAV4 Brake Pedal Vibration
Jun 26, 2008 (4:44 am)
I have a '08 V6 4WD with 2200 miles. At around 1400 I notice a slight vibration in the brake pedal when pressure is first applied. This happens in park as well as in drive.
It feels like rubbing of metal on metal in the pedal mechanism. You can hear it and really feel it if you get down and press it with your hand. You can also feel it vibrate up the steering wheel if the car is parked. This is only happens for the first quarter of an inch of pressing.
The dealer acknowledged the vibration and said it was normal. They said they would open a case with Toyota anyways. The dealer later said they couldn't do anything more, because Toyota didn't have anything on file to fix this problem and it wasn't considered a safety issue. The problem was suppose to be from a spring expanding and contracting. I don't know if this was Toyota's explanation or the technician's, but the springs I see are not causing the problem.
After going back and fourth with them, they agreed to look at the pedal in more detail. They said they took the pedal assembly out, they lubed all the pivot points, bushings, springs, and it didn't change anything.
They are still sticking with their original claim. Toyota knows about this, this is normal, there are no safety concerns.
I have been searching the internet like crazy. I think I would find someone else question this issue if it was normal. Has anyone come across anything similar?
Jun 30, 2008 (7:54 am)
First I've heard of that one...possibly something to do with the antilock system? Try pulling the fuse/relay for the antilock and see if the vibration goes away. At least it is an easy check to do...
Jun 30, 2008 (8:32 am)
I don't think it's related to the antilock system because it will also happen after I turn the car off.
Of course I can only get a couple of pumps in before the pedal stops moving.
Jan 06, 2012 (8:18 pm)
My 1982 GMC K25 has a similar problem right after it came out of the shop from having an ignition switch fixed. The truck doesn't have ABS and it goes away when you push harder, and the only thing I can think of is if something got messed up from towing the truck to the shop.