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2009 Toyota Corolla Problems and Repairs

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  • the brake pedal literally goes right to the floor and the car will not stop. It happens only in the cold weather. It happened before the brake recall, and it is now happening again after I had the recall part put in.
  • Wow, that's awful. I'd take it back again and insist on a new master cylinder for openers and if they won't do anything, consult a lawyer and initiate the Lemon By-Back. Each state has different rules for qualification and you may have to give the dealer a certain number of "tries". I'd also fire off a letter to toyota corporate citing the "present danger of complete brake failure", and also register this with the NHTSA website.
  • so im having an issue with my brakes in my new 2010 toyota corolla S. i purchased this vehicle at the end of august 2009, and since mile 1, ive noticed something funny about the brake system. first and foremost, i am a pretty conservative driver. i have young family that i cart around and purchasing this corolla was almost mostly for this reason, also the safety ratings... so anyway, while braking under normal driving conditions, if i hit a small bump or pothole, my ABS vibrates profusely, makes a loud buzzing noise, and rattles my pedal to the floor. while doing all of this, the vehicle stopping distance greatly increases therefore heightening my chances of impact or collision. i brought up recalls to the service guy, nothing. brought it in for inspection and the district inspector states that the ABS system is extra sensitive and cannot be changed. while performing a driving inspection of my vehicle, the toyota district rep ended up grinding a couple of gears in my brand new car like he didnt know how to shift the car properly. also ended up with a couple of dents in my passenger door and one on the roof that were not there prior to the inspection. as many cars as i have driven, the abs has never acted this way unless i was braking aggressively to avoid an impact or collision. i feel this issue could cause a collision or accident. has anyone else experienced this issue with their ABS? also, the dealership where i bought my car is under the impression that swirl marks will wash off, and that a coat of polish fixes it, however just masking the problem... i regret buying this car. :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad: :mad:
  • i have experienced very similar problems.... would you post the link to corporate again?? when your brakes fail, do you hear the abs vibrating or rattling or whatever the commotion? phunkeymunkey@gmail.com would be interested in hearing the issues you are having in more detail.... i feel so small and weak against these corporate giants
  • I have had similar braking problems with a 2010 Corolla, which I leased on 11 Nov. 2009. When I braked aggressively the brakes produced a loud, hard metallic clatter; I was prepared to bring the car to the dealer; however, before I could manage to get to the dealer, the brakes failed, and the car crashed into the rear of another car. The brakes had slipped and would not stop the car. This happened without warning. There was severe damage to the Corolla, but fortunately no injuries. It is not possible at this time to report how the matter will be resolved. I believe the Corolla I leased is unsafe to drive at any speed.
  • Is there anyone else that is having a battery problem with the 2009 Corolla. The battery apparently was changed before I took possession of the car (I took possession on 6/19). On the 15th of the month, the battery was deader than a doornail. There was battery corrosion all over the positive side. Got it jumped and took it to the dealership where they cleaned it up and put in a new battery. Battery was dead again yesterday. They said that they checked the charger and alternator. Replaced the battery connectors and put in another new battery. I love my car, but this isn't going to work for me! Any help? Thanks!
  • Yea I just crashed my 09 corolla into the rear of another car due to abs. The road had a 1 inch of snow on it and i was doing 15 miles and hour and I tried stopping and just sled over 150 feet because the abs just kept kicking in and wouldn't slow me down. ......My poor baby (my car that is). Everyone is fine but my car has about 5-7 thoundsand in damage!!! I just hope they don't say it total!!......but maybe it better if it was i would get about 5 thousand after paying it off and just buy new with that amont!
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Interesting that it sounds like you are actually faulting the ABS rather than praising them for maybe saving your life. Do you fully understand the concept of ABS brakes? Without ABS you would have locked up your wheels solidly and you would have done nothing but slide. Okay, you state that you slid anyway. But it sounds like the ABS did there job as designed to but conditions or speed were just too much to overcome. Don't know if you ordered the optional Traction Control or Electronic Stability Control on your Corolla as I did on my XLE, but I find this as a very useful additional safety option. Electronic Stability Control channels the braking away from the locking wheels. Traction Control is just reverse, it channels the gripping action away from the spinning slipping wheels and onto the solidly grounded ones.
  • vchengvcheng Posts: 1,286
    A car skidding 150 feet doing only 15 mph at the start of the slide suggests ice under the snow. I don't think any ABS or non-ABS would help under those circumstances.

    Of course, this assuming that the figures given are correct. :)
  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    No problems here! Sounds like you have a unique problem. It does sound like your dealer is working with you though. I hope they find your problem soon for you. Yea, I love my 2009 Corolla addition to my Toyota line-up also. I was thinking about a Mazda 3 or a Civic when I was shopping, but I'm soooo glad I chose Corolla
  • Very sorry to hear about this louie----did you by chance "pump" the brakes?---that would be a bad idea and might have defeated the ABS. The trick with ABS is to stomp on the brakes and KEEP YOUR FOOT on them.

    If you hit ice, then there's no defense for it---nothing---no tire or braking system, can defeat ice. You'd need something like large studs in the tires or tire chains to even begin to cope with ice.
  • backybacky Twin CitiesPosts: 18,632
    FYI ESC (VSC) with traction control are standard on 2010 Corollas. Very nice feature to have on a low-end car. Even the Yaris has VSC standard for 2010. Within a year or so, all new cars will need to have ESC due to federal regs. So Toyota is a bit ahead of the regs.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    I guess Toyota hasn't done much with their brakes since the late '80's & '90's. On our two Camry's and two Corolla's we had similar grinding noises from the front brakes with pedals going down to the floor consistently. Toyota tried their best to correct the problem but never got it fixed correctly so we said adios to Toyota. The Mazda, Hyundai, Honda & Nissans we've had since have all had superior brakes with no consistent grinding noises & much better pedal modulation with no pedal to the floor situations. A shame too since we're just getting ready to start our search to replace the '05 Mazda 3s. I like the look of the Corolla XLE and the upscale features but the brake problems I'm reading about in here bring back bad memories.

    We'll test drive one anyways but I'm not to optimistic after reading some of the recent posts.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Actually Toyota Corollas have continued to improving braking. The newer Corolla models can all be had with the Star Safety System, which includes Anti-lock Brakes (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), enhanced Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), and Traction Control (TRAC). Enhanced VSC coordinates the Anti-lock Brake System (ABS), Electronic Brake force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist with Traction Control (TRAC) and Electric Power Steering (EPS), to help provide a the driver a better-integrated, controlled vehicle in the event of an emergency maneuver. I've owned many Toyotas in my lifetime and have never had any problem with my brakes. Now granted Toyota did have the recent voluntary brake recall of vehicles that are driven in extremely cold conditions. There is a possibility that the moisture on the positive crankcase ventilation (PCV) port may condense and seep into the brake system vacuum port, where it could freeze and cause partial braking failure. The recall for the moisture freezing in the lines in the very colder climates, but other than that, I think you will be hard pressed to find a large number of complaints on Corolla braking in this or any other forum. Going "to the floor" as you put it, longer pedal travel as I call it, is a characteristic of the new Corolla braking system. The pedal will travel farther down then in some cars but the braking of the car is far more superior than most also. Good braking is not judged by how far the pedal travels, but how quickly they can stop the car in an emergency situation. Now if you owned four Toyotas and all four have had brake grinding noises from the front wheels I would look for an outside reason or condition for this or your just the victim of outrageously bad luck. Perhaps your technician's installation might be the fault or the pads he might be using are not up to snuff, or maybe even your not replacing the pads as frequently as you should be. But really, four out of four ????
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    We used the Toyota dealerships for the brakes and they kept replacing pads & rotors and finally shrugged their heads. Our Nissans, Mazda, Hyundai & Honda which came after never had these problems so we're gonna stick with them. Glad your brakes work fine but others in here are complaining, so...! And our Toyotas were previous generations, complaints in here are from this one.

    Bottom line for us is that we won't consider a Toyota product in our current search...which is fine by us. The Southeast region adds fees & options to a car that we are not willing to pay. But for folks that are happy with their Toyota's...good for you.

    The Sandman :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    I hope you have much better luck with your next car, it sure can't get any worse!
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    We've had great luck with the last six cars since we left Toyota...thank you very much! Only traded one in when the warranty was up...health reasons.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • terceltomterceltom Posts: 1,017
    Wow, really burnin through the cars huh? Purchasing your eleventh !!!! Must really pile on the mileage. Four Toys. and six others after.
  • sandman_6472sandman_6472 Coral Springs, FLPosts: 2,579
    Two of these were bought for our girls as their 1st cars within the past 14 months. I've bought two since 2003 and the wife bought two since 2001. Her cars are usually gone around 80k miles...with the Mazda now having 71k. And my current ride will take me well into retirement...I have 11 months and the car has 25k+ on it now, so I'm good for another seven years G-d willing. I only drive about 7100 miles per year.

    The Sandman :sick: :shades:

    2014 Hyundai Tuscon SE/2005 Mazda 3s/2008 Hyundai Accent GLS/2009 Nissan Versa SL hatch

  • The owners manual on my 2009 Corolla mentions that when a new set of tire pressure sensors is installed the new numbers need to be registered with the Toyota dealer. So they may be grouped in sets, it appears they have an ID #. Then again they could be just making sure you always go to the dealer to get them??
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