Brake Light On problems of the 2004 Toyota Sequoia - part 1

40 problems related to brake light on have been reported for the 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The most recently reported issues are listed below. Please also check out the statistics and reliability analysis of the 2004 Toyota Sequoia based on all problems reported for the 2004 Sequoia.

car   Brake Light On problem 1
Failure Date: 06/04/2015

My 2004 Toyota Sequoia experienced brake failure at 10 miles per hour. I was looking to make a turn at the light and my vehicle gave me a huge jerk and the brakes begin to give out. After the brake failure the vs and brakes light came on. I have seen a lot of people posting this problem with there vehicle. I am looking for help since my children drive my vehicle sometimes. Help!!! I brought this vehicle because of it's reputation. However, after seeing all the issues with this vehicle and Toyota refusal to repair the problem, my family will be looking else where.

car   Brake Light On problem 2
Failure Date: 05/20/2015

I bought my car used two weeks ago from an individual. I noticed on my way home that the seatbelt light would come on and then go back off while I was driving, even though I was wearing my seatbelt. A few days later, as I was pulling into my daughter's driveway, the brake light came on. I turned the car off, and the next time I started up, the light didn't come on. It came on again several days later while my husband was driving the car. The next light to come on was my fuel light. The gauge said my car was on empty, and I knew I had at least half a tank of gas. I began to grow concerned with the vehicle, so I took it to my Toyota dealer yesterday. They told me I needed a new seatbelt clip and a fuel sensor, which are "minor", but that I also needed a new master cylinder, brake pads and rotors, and several other brake-related issues, plus there is a problem with the skid control - all to the tune of $5,900. I decided to get a second opinion, but in the meantime, in researching this particular vehicle, I saw many people have posted comments regarding the skid control/brake system on 2002-2004 Sequoias. Apparently a recall was issued for the model year 2003, but nothing has been done to help owners of 2004 models, and I am wondering why.

car   Brake Light On problem 3
Failure Date: 07/10/2014

Sometimes while driving on freeway my brakes light warning on the dashboard would come on and would only turn off the light if I turn off the engine. Many times on street speed (10-45 mph) if the vsc,track off and brake light comes on at the same time,the car will loose power on the brakes and will have a grinding and vibrating noise. I went to a Toyota dealer and told me bring the car when it happen again so they could do a diagnostic test. Why wait for something serious to happened before they could check my car?.

car   Brake Light On problem 4
Failure Date: 09/17/2013

Date and mileage above are approximate. While accelerating on an up inclined entrance ramp to the ben franklin bridge in philadelphia, the engine lost speed and the vehicle quickly slowed. No one was behind me so there was minimal danger. The behavior was similar to snow/ice skid control whereby the engine decouples and the accelerator pedal becomes useless. After about 5 seconds power returned. On 6/24/2014 (mileage 165,400) my brake light came on. I coincidentally had an 5,000 mile service appointment today (6/24/2014) and the diagnosis was a code c1247 - abs ecu (computer) is failing. The mechanic explained that the ecu had failing circuits, or failing solder connections. A little internet research suggested that the unit might simply have logic problems. The mechanic advised that when the brake light is on, all skid control and abs functionality is gone. As the light was on for a short period of time, and is now off I am going to see how the vehicle performs and if safety is effected.

car   Brake Light On problem 5
Failure Date: 07/31/2013

While decelerating towards an intersection that I had to stop at vsc dash indicator light, brake light, & trac light all came on. Then, as I pressed the brake pedal I heard deep crunching noises from the braking system (sounded like front end). There was also loud "clanking" noises, as if something was banging around the inside of the rim or brake rotor. All the noises were also physically felt on my braking foot at the same time they sounded. My foot was was being dropped and pushed noticeably by the brake pedal. I almost rear-ended the car in front of me because the braking power from fluctuating independently from strong to almost none within a matter of a few seconds. The same dash warning lights have been continuing to turn on for the last 5 or 6 weeks (sometimes all of them, sometimes one at a time), but the physical braking issue happened to me again today 9-11-13. I was on a back street so I tried to video it with my phone but couldn't get the camera set to video in time; and it stopped after occurring at three different braking attempts. The car fluctuated its way to a stop with the same crunching noises (no clanking) this time. The pressure fully changed on the brake pedal as the issue took place and I had little control of exactly when braking would happen. Have you seen the amount of times this is happening? are you reading these threads? I'm concerned to take my kids in the car. I'm concerned in letting my less experienced 18 year old drive it as usual. I went to the dealer and they were clueless and said that was part if the way the car kept me safe on wet roads. Neither incident occur on wet roads. I've been driving for 25 years; I did not have control of the braking in my vehicle two times in last 6 weeks due to a vehicle system going haywire! driving this vehicle is a hazard! please do something before someone gets hurt or killed because of this!.

car   Brake Light On problem 6
Failure Date: 07/27/2013

My vsc, vsc trac off, and brake light indicators are staying on and won't turn off.

car   Brake Light On problem 7
Failure Date: 07/08/2013

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that another vehicle crashed into the front drivers side of the vehicle. The contact stated that the air bags failed to deploy. A police report was filed. Additionally the contact stated the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a private mechanic and the vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was unknown.

car   Brake Light On problem 8
Failure Date: 01/22/2013

After making a left turn the vsc trac, slip indicator skid, and malfunction indicator lamp lights came on and have remained on. Today the brake warning light has come on and remained on. Concerned with the large number of complaints from other 2004 owners and Toyota lack of interest to resolve the problem in timely and fair manner. It appears this problem has been known for many years, changing owners many expensive repair bills and vehicles remain unfixed. Toyota owners relying on Toyota to provide a quality product and stand behind the that product when a problem like this occurs.

car   Brake Light On problem 9
Failure Date: 12/14/2012

I'm the original owner of my 2004 Toyota Sequoia vehicle. I noticed that my brake light indicator light was illuminated on my dashboard. My first thought was that my emergency brake was not completely disengaged. I pulled over to the side of the road and checked. The brake was off. I started my car and the brake light was still illuminated but it eventually turned off so I assumed that my emergency brake may have been slightly engaged when I was driving. A few days later the brake light was illuminated on my dashboard, again. It went off by itself but it intermittently went on and off over a couple weeks time. I took it to Toyota carlsbad and they diagnosed the problem. The trouble codes came back as p1247 and p1223. These codes indicated that the abs skid control system malfunctioned which caused my anti-lock system to completely stop working. I had a new abs skid control computer installed at a cost of $1,035. 00. This shouldn't have occured with only 39,500 miles on my vehicle. I went on line and discovered that there have been several 2003, 2004 and 2005 Toyota Sequoia vehicles that had to have the abs system replaced. I'm hoping that Toyota will mandate a recall to have the 2003,2004 and 2005 Toyota Sequoia's abs systems checked and replace any that are malfuntioning.

car   Brake Light On problem 10
Failure Date: 08/19/2012

Tl- the contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that while driving 40 mph, the brake was engaged however, the vehicle hesitated and exhibited a loud noise before stalling. The traction control, brake and check engine warning lights all illuminated after the failure occurred. The vehicle was restarted and the traction control and brake warning lights remained illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a local mechanic who performed a diagnostic, locating the failure at the wheel speed sensor, the ecu, engine control module and the abs control system. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 113,761. Kmj.

car   Brake Light On problem 11
Failure Date: 07/25/2012

The vsc, trac and brake warning lights will all come on at the same time for undetermined reasons. When this occurs the anti-lock brakes shudder and can experience a loss in power. This issue raises many safety concerns. Based on my research this is chronic issue for this model vehicle, but yet no recall from Toyota.

car   Brake Light On problem 12
Failure Date: 07/09/2012

Brake light will occasionally come on and stay on. I took it to a repair shop and no code could be found and the light had gone out. I had new tires put on, brake pads replaced, and rotors turned. Brake light continued to occasionally come on. Recently the brakes started making a grinding noise. I took it to Toyota and was told the following codes: c1203, c1223, and c1247. Recommended brake booster and skid control computer be replaced at a cost of over $2k. Research shows that Toyota knows about this repeated problem and has not issued a recall on the 2004 although they did on the 03.

car   Brake Light On problem 13
Failure Date: 06/26/2012

2004 Toyota Sequoia occasionally the brake light and vsc (vehicle stability control) lights come on. When this happens the abs system physically malfunctions and the vehicle becomes a uncontrollable hazard. The Toyota dealer said the issue is a internal malfunction in the brake booster/master cylinder assembly as well as the skid control ecu. (the total cost of repair is $2657. 00). I have read numerous complaints about this issue and the dealer admitted knowledge of this hazard and said it was a common problem but Toyota is not correcting the issue or offering any assistance in correcting this hazard. These vehicles are unsafe to be on the road. I have no choice but to have the recommended repairs done, but this is a major issue/defect for Toyota and the responsibility of this safety issue should fall to the manufacturer.

car   Brake Light On problem 14
Failure Date: 04/10/2012

Grinding noise when brake is applied. Vsc and trac lights, brake lights come on.

car   Brake Light On problem 15
Failure Date: 12/21/2011

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that the anti lock brake and vsc lights illuminated upon starting the vehicle. The contact also stated that he could hear the brakes grinding whenever they were applied. The vehicle was not taken to have the failure diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was 103,000.

car   Brake Light On problem 16
Failure Date: 06/28/2011

After the last brake job the brake light would come on while driving on dry pavement. If you shut the vehicle off it would reset. Have taken it to the dealer several times but nothing could be determined because it could not be replicated. Had it happen once when close to the dealer and they said there was a bulletin out on it. Dealer is trying to charge me to replace and doing research on-line this a very prevalent problem for model years 2002 - 2004.

car   Brake Light On problem 17
Failure Date: 03/01/2011

2004 Toyota Sequoia. Consumer states that Toyota has inherent braking system defects and possible defect in the drive shaft the consumer stated at 16,117 the dealer found the front rotors were rusted and the brake pads were worn down requiring replacement of the front brake pads and resurfacing the front rotors. At 20, 230 miles, the brake warning light illuminated. The dealer found code c1247; skid control ecu had an internal failure. At 35,999 the brake warning light illuminated again. The dealer found codes c1247 ad c1223; abs control system malfunction and intermittent failure of the booster assembly. The dealer also found the drive shaft yoke needed modification. Additionally, the front seat belts tightened to the point where the consumer was unable to move forward to look out the side view mirror.

car   Brake Light On problem 18
Failure Date: 01/01/2011

My wife was driving vehicle and she had noticed a bang or thump coming from the car. She had noticed prior that the brake warning light had come sporadically. The trac, vsc, and abs lights came on and have stayed on since. The front brake rotors have been turned twice since then because for whatever reason the rotors are warping. The front brakes grind now and the only way to stop it, is to turn the rotors. Checked into the repair, but unable to afford $2,000 to fix a known problem with this vehicle. We love the vehicle but hate the problem that we are having and disappointed with Toyota.

car   Brake Light On problem 19
Failure Date: 09/17/2010

2004 Toyota Sequoia. No crash yet. Incident is all 3 brake lights in the dash on(brake,vsc,trac off). Afraid of brakes failing. Research showed Toyota not taking responsibility for the software upgrade and making consumer pay out of pocket up to 2000$ for software repair to the skid control computer. Would like a formal complaint filed. First occurence in sept then in oct. Have looked at numerous complaints on the internet for same issue.

car   Brake Light On problem 20
Failure Date: 02/11/2010

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact was driving 25 mph when the traction control and emergency brake warning lights illuminated. Within seconds, the brakes failed. The dealer performed a diagnostic and advised that the skid control unit would need replacing. The skid control unit was reset at the dealer but did not remedy the issue. The contact stated there were numerous complaints online regarding the vehicle skid control unit and believed that the manufacturer should issue a recall for the failure to prevent serious injury. The vehicle was not further repaired. The failure mileage was 75,000.

car   Brake Light On problem 21
Failure Date: 02/10/2010

I have a 2004 Sequoia and I have had problems with the vsc, trac, abs, and brake lights randomly coming on for the last 3 years. I only have 105,000 miles. The brake light comes on and off regularly (mostly on more than off). However with the other lights it is very random. Upon braking, I will experience a loud grinding sound, the car jerks/whiplash motion, the car is hard to stop and manage and then all the lights come on after this occurs. It all happens within 3-5 seconds total but the lights stay on until the car is turned off. It may do it 2-3 more times or might not do it again for a week or even as long as a month. I simply was coasting from a fast food speaker to the window to pay and I experienced it and it almost pushed me into the car in front of me. It has done it when breaking coming up to a red or yellow light. I let off the brake when it does it and press again and it may do it 2-3 times until I come to a complete stop or might not do it again once I release the brake the first time. It is difficult to detect because it occurs at different times, different places, different braking speeds and might not do it again for a while. For 3 years I have put up with this. I go to the dealer and nothing can be proven unless lights on at that time. When I went to the first place I could get to before they went off they hooked it up to a machine and 6 possible problems came up. I have read this is a common problem for 2003-2004 models and you fix one thing and thats not the issue. I have been told it is a computer/brake communication flaw. I do not understand with the complaints of the same problem from individuals even on the national transportation board page that this is not considered a recall. We have to spend thousands of dollars to guess when it is clearly a computer or maintenance issue and definitely a safety hazard. Some lose vehicle power with it.

car   Brake Light On problem 22
Failure Date: 12/01/2009

The contact owns a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. The contact stated that she attempted to utilize the four-wheel drive while traveling in inclement weather however, the four-wheel drive function would not engage and the brake warning light illuminated. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where they advised her that the brakes needed to be replaced. The brakes were replaced. The manufacturer was contacted and offered no assistance. The failure mileage was approximately 26,000. The current mileage was approximately 56,000. The VIN was unavailable.

car   Brake Light On problem 23
Failure Date: 11/24/2009

I have been experiencing issues with my 2004 Toyota Sequoia 2wd sr5. The brake lights indicator keeps turning on even though the brake pads have been replaced. The main concern is when braking hard the vehicle makes a grinding sound and clicking. I am concern about safety andthe unknown of the outcome in an event of a.

car   Brake Light On problem 24
Failure Date: 05/18/2009

My wife and I own a 2004 Toyota Sequoia. We bought it brand new back in 2004. Around 90,000 miles we had issues where the brakes failed. Pedal went to the floor board. Fluid was fine and pads were fine. Dealer said the front caliper pins were frozen. They fixed it. But now the brake lights keep coming on. Not sure why. Front and rear brakes are new. Worried about brakes failing again with my wife and kids in the car. My wife very worried as well. We owned a sienna in the past and now a Sequoia. May not purchase a Toyota again for safety concerns. With news today of Toyota safety issues we decided to check the web and enter this complaint to help maybe get a recall to help make the vehicles safe and save lives. This is not good.

car   Brake Light On problem 25
Failure Date: 03/15/2009

Upon leaving my driveway multiple times car starts beeping and lights flashing and finally corrects itself. In 2010 I had "yaw rate sensor" replaced at a cost of $511. 00. Then the brake light on the dash continued to come on. I finally took it in to the Toyota dealer and they told me I needed the "skid control ecu" replaced at a cost of $907. 00 plus tax. I refused this because they assured me the brakes are still working fine. There have been numerous complaints to Toyota on this model and similar model Sequoias. TSB's have been issued but no recalls. Please help us get this problem addressed with Toyota.

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