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Warped front rotors 33k

Discussion in 'General Tundra Discussion' started by Ryan Mc., Apr 8, 2017.

  1. Apr 8, 2017 at 8:13 AM
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    Ryan Mc.

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    I am steadily approaching 33k miles on my 15 dbl SR5. I purchased my truck new from dealership with 74 miles on the OD. I drive 90% fwys and my brakes are already warped, what gives? Anybody else have brake issues? I have not towed any trailed and only hauled decomposed granite 2 times. Nothing serious to cause them to warp this early.I am already in talks with a good friend of mine who is a service advisor at the dealership I purchased it at. This next Tuesday they are going to open up the front end and inspect and take notes to file it with Toyota Warranty to see if maybe they'll cover it. I'm under that 36k miles special number.
     
  2. Apr 8, 2017 at 8:24 AM
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    I had mine turned at 30000, now I'm at 45 and they will need replacing at 50. I sent a letter to Toyota expressing my disappointment and just got back a generic BS response. That was my last visit to any Toyota dealer for service. I really like my truck but I really hate toyota's attitude like they are the best. Cheap steel from china.
     
  3. Apr 8, 2017 at 8:51 AM
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    I have 10k on my truck now and it feels like mine are starting to warp a small amount.

    Toyota makes a big deal about the brakes but they aren't that great in my opinion. The brakes on HD pickups are the way to go.
     
  4. Apr 8, 2017 at 9:15 AM
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    I had a 3500 that I used for towing and the brakes didn't have to be turned until 98000. Also older Tundra models had way better rotors.
     
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  5. Apr 8, 2017 at 10:06 AM
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    Before you all go out and buy slotted/cross drilled rotors and green stuff pads, check to see when the last time you had the tires on your truck rotated and balanced.

    The steering and brake feel are so sensitive on these trucks it made me think it was the brakes. My 12' Tundra was the same darn way. I could always tell when my craptastic P Metric tires needed balanced because I would get pulsating and vibrations when the tires were getting out of balance. I had one tire/wheel that was always a pain to balance and used a lot of weight. Half of the time I would lose the tape weights early that was double stacked.

    I'm not saying your brakes are not bad, but I would check into what I just said. I did tow a lot with my Tundra, and I did the first brake job at 64k miles, and I could have went to 70k easy. After 12', the backing plates came with the updated and vented models, so brakes were not much of an issue with heat.
    If your brakes are bad under 50k miles, I would wonder about having a stick caliper or something like that.
     
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  6. Apr 8, 2017 at 4:20 PM
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    Thanks. I just had new tires put on and balanced about 3k miles ago and immediately had the front end aligned at the dealership. I highly doubt it's the tires...plus I've felt the pulsation of the steering wheel even before the new tires. Oh and long story short, I took the truck in for an oil change / 30k mile service to this dealership they did the service needed but the tech also tightened the parking brake extremely tight to where I was driving home and noticed the truck was very sluggish even with tow/haul. I only drove 15 miles like this and the parking brake was so tight my MPG was dropping. I immediately brought it back. They put a different tech to fix the truck and he notices and even said the front rotors were warped. So I think I have a strong case against them (the dealership) and against the brakes that they need fixing. Oh and the smell of burning rear brakes is a dead giveaway that they made a mistake tightening the PB.
     
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  7. Apr 8, 2017 at 4:25 PM
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    That's BS. I feel that if I'd be towing for 30k miles straight I would expect to turn my brakes....but not empty...?!
     
  8. Apr 13, 2017 at 8:55 PM
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    My calipers were rusted to the slides at 24,000 miles. Only on side of the pads was pressing on the rotors. Mine warped. Dealer put new pads and rotors on, freed up the calipers and lubricated the slides. We will see how long the new set goes. Very disappointing for such an expensive truck.
     
  9. Apr 13, 2017 at 8:59 PM
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    I've had 5 yotas over the last 20 years or so. The only consistent issues I've had have been warped rotors. In the grand scheme, I e made out and rotors are minor, but nonetheless, it is an issue Toyota needs to perfect.
     
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    this is my theory................the wheels were not torqued to specifics as recommended. Just sayin!
     
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  11. Apr 19, 2017 at 12:12 PM
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    I was going to make a similar comment about the wheels not being torqued properly. Way back in the day, it didn't really matter how you tightened the lug nuts when rotating the wheels or changing tires, but with today's 4-wheel disc brakes and very thin stock rotor material, it makes all the difference in the world! And, if you've ever had a really hard stop, the thin rotors can warp quickly. Or, if you have been driving for a while and they are heated up from the trip and you run into a rain storm that cools them too fast...yep, another time when they can warp. The manufacturers of all major vehicles use the absolute thinnest material possible, pretty much everywhere, to save on weight for CAFE compliance.
     
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