Brake Disc Pads Problems of Toyota Sienna - part 1

Toyota Sienna owners have reported 35 problems related to brake disc pads (under the service brakes category). The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Toyota Sienna based on all problems reported for the Sienna.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2015 Toyota Sienna 1
Failure Date: 10/12/2017

Brought vehicle into dealer for routine service and maintenance. Service technicians informed me that the brake rotors were "severely scorched" and "warped," and recommended immediate replacement of all pads and rotors. Technician asked if I tow a trailer or routinely haul heavy items, neither of which I have ever done; technician then asked if I ride my brakes when I drive, which I do not. Vehicle has 29k miles and is used only for city driving for just my wife and I (and occasionally my son's family, which consists of two adults and two children), but I have never driven this vehicle in an abnormal fashion. I didn't notice anything out of the ordinary while I drove it, so I consider myself lucky the technicians caught the damage before the brakes failed. This is the forth van I have owned but my first Toyota, and I've never had a brake issues with any of my previous vehicles--not even the van that I drove back and forth to work 50+ miles a day and cross-country three times, racking up well over 100k miles.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 2
Failure Date: 03/23/2013

While attempting to drive to work while on a parkway (with no shoulder to pull over on) suddenly there was a dragging feeling as if the parking brake was applied. I immediately pulled off at the nearest exit and pulled over, my brake pedal felt extremely hard like it was stuck down. I put the car in park and pulled the brake pedal up with my foot, then pushed down on it several times again, at this time it seemed fine but I decided not to go to work but drive directly to the Toyota dealer which was not far from where I was. The problem continued and I again pulled over and repeated the "pulling up of the brake pedal at which time I smelled something burning, I then continued about a block and a half to the dealership service department. Upon arrival that is when my dashboard lit up with several warning lights. After the service department diagnosed the problem of a bent bracket on my brake pedal assembly I did some research of my own and discovered that there was a factory recall of the 2011 Toyota Sienna's for the exact same problem (the part number 47110-08080). Neither the dealership, Toyota motor company or Toyota extra care (the very expensive extended warranty that I purchased) wanted to take responsibility for the problem. I was told that the brake pads and rotors would not have been damaged if I did not excessively drive the vehicle, when I asked them what they considered excessive they could not answer. I explained to them that there was no shoulder on the parkway that I was traveling on, but I did exit at the first possible one and drove approximately 1 mile to the dealership/service department. I am extremely unhappy and quite honestly not comfortable with the vehicle and the Toyota motor company itself. I hope that Toyota will accept responsibility for this faulty part and take the proper measures to correct this very unsafe issue!.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2010 Toyota Sienna 3
Failure Date: 01/20/2013

Brakes were inspected at tire rotation in December 2012 by local trusted mechanic. Brakes checked good and had approximately 10,000 miles remaining. On January 20, 2013 family returned home from a 3 hour drive to the smell of burning coming from the right rear tire. Tire rim was noted to be as black as the rubber of the tire. Wispy smoke was seen rising from the right rear rotor/brake pads. Extremely hot to touch. On January 21 ,2013 brakes were examined by same mechanic and pads were destroyed. Rotor was also damaged. Causal factor could not be determined. Both rotor and pads replaced and brake fluid drained and refilled. On January 23, 2013 situation returned with right rear tire. The smell of "hot brakes" was coming from the tire and rim was very hot to touch. New rotor shows excessive scarring.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 4
Failure Date: 05/01/2012

I drive about 5,000 miles a year, in the beginning of 2012 I was told my brakes did not pass the state inspection. At this time I had around 20000 miles on the van. The reason of the reject was rust on the rotors, it was so bad and the rotors were so thin and of a poor metal, they could even be worked on. I had to replace the rotors and pads on all 4 wheels.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2011 Toyota Sienna 5
Failure Date: 05/12/2011

When I hit the brakes around 60 mph I felt that the front wheels was shaken, vibrates and felt rough at the steering wheel and brake pedal. I took it to the dealer and they said that the rotors were rusty and warp because the heat. They cut the rotors. No charge. Now, I had the same problem with 23000 miles. Same excuse. The rotors were rusty and warp and they said they have to be cut and to replace the pads. Also, they said that the brake fluid needed to be change. $559. 00 was the charge. I had no choice. My life depends on the brake. My complaint is that there is a factory defect with these rotors and the brakes. I had so many cars in my life and I never had this problem of rotors been warp because overheating. Millions of cars runs every day at 65 mph and I don't hear that every 5,000 miles they have to cut the rotors because overheating. I believe this is a factory defects and that they should replace the rotors at no cost to me. Please, I need to know where I can file a formal complaint to Toyota, since the dealer is trying to rip me off.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2002 Toyota Sienna 6
Failure Date: 12/06/2010

Since we purchased the car we have had problems with the brakes squeeking. We have had the brakes replaced multiple times and have even upgraded the brakes to an improved quality brake pads by the dealer. However the brakes have gotten worse as the car has gotten older. The brake pedal is very spongy and tends to go down to the floor when stopping. When stopping in emergency situations the brakes make a horrible crunching noise. Since December 2010 I have had 3 instances where I needed to stop quickly. Each time the brakes made the crunching noise and the braking distance was longer than would be expected.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 7
Failure Date: 11/20/2010

During a 30,000 mile check up on our 2008 Toyota Sienna all wheel drive van, we had to replace the front and rear breaks because they were ground down and dangerous, according to our Toyota dealer where the repairs where made. Pads had to be replaced, rotors had to be ground down for both front and rear. All the mileage is long distance highway driving. There was no accident but the dealer seemed very concerned.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 8
Failure Date: 10/01/2010

The original brakes (front) were replaced in 2010. After that I started getting noise when the brakes were applied. Several visits I requested they replace the brake pads again. After a little time the noise returned. Performance Toyota in fairfield, ohio could not repair the brakes to stop the noise. I then went to tire discounters in hamilton, ohio. Again after several visits the noise in the front brakes remained. I paid for service to the brakes. I paid for a lubricant to be placed on the brakes. Again noise returned. Again noise in rear brakes getting really bad now can’t hear the noise in the front anymore due to drown out by the rear. Picked up daughters/friends from school, explained sorry for the noise I have it checked out they say nothing wrong with them. Daughter says mom you think the sound is bad inside the van you should be outside when you drive up it is really bad. 10/18/2014 returned to performance Toyota in fairfield. I explained the above about my brakes and the noise still present on my van. I asked service writer if there was a recall on a the brakes issue. She said no there was no recall. And I see you have had brake issues since 2010. Finally she stated you know we have had issues when the original factory brakes are replaced with “after market brakes” there have been problems with noise on Sienna’s/pathfinders you know larger vehicles, but not all of them just a few like yours. She stated due to cost they used after market brakes and only few have issues.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2008 Toyota Sienna 9
Failure Date: 09/22/2010

2008 Toyota Sienna van. Brakes are soft and have gotten progressively worse with time. At 29000 miles the brake pedal fades completely to the floor. The dealer examined the vehicle and replaced the rear brake pads, the front brake pads are low but still within specifications. The mechanic states that the condition is acceptable. This condition exists at all times, with the vehicle running or not, standing still or moving. Have not tried a panic stop to determine if the vehicle will stop within a reasonable distance.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 10
Failure Date: 01/15/2010

I have a 2007 Toyota Sienna with about 37,000 miles on it. We are the original owners of this van. I had the front brakes replaced last January 2009 at Toyota and when I took it in for routine service in January 2010 I was told that I needed front brakes by Toyota again. I talked to the Toyota manager and he stated that it is typical for Toyota Siennas to need front brakes every 10-15 thousand miles. I've owned four different sized cars and trucks all different sizes and never had to change brakes this often. I took the van to another dealer to see if I needed new brakes and they showed me the pads and the left brake pad (driver side) is worn to needing a new pad while the right brake pad (passenger) still has about 10,000 miles on it. I'm having a hard time understanding why I need to replace front brakes every 10-15,000 miles when I bought this vehicle new. Had I known that I was going to have to replace front brakes every year I wouldn't have purchased this van. I'm concerned that this is a safety issue and also don't understand why the left side brake would wear so much more than the right side. If this is normal and acceptable Toyota owes it to Sienna buyers to let them know prior to purchasing.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 11
Failure Date: 01/13/2010

I purchased a new 2005 Toyota Sienna minivan from a local dealer in 2005. At 15,000 miles the dealership replaced all 4 rotors/brake pads/tires under warranty. Since then about every 10,000 - 20,000 miles the vehicle needs new rotors and brake pads. We now have 61,000 miles on it and are on our fourth set of pads and rotors. The dealer claims this is "normal wear and tear", but this is the worst performance I have ever heard of from a braking system.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 12
Failure Date: 11/01/2009

I was driving 2004 Toyota Sienna xle awd, 109,000, with bridgestone rft snow tires. At 15-20 mph on dry pavement, I tried to stop quickly for a dog strolling in front of us. The van slightly slowed, the dog waddled out of the way and we came to a rolling, gradual stop with the brake pedal depressed fully to the floor. I hadn't time to pump brakes and I don't know if it would have mattered. The Toyota dealer couldn't duplicate problem and said pads, etc; were good. Has happened to me this one time only, but google search suggests others may have had this experience. Thanks.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2007 Toyota Sienna 13
Failure Date: 01/19/2009

On January 19, 2009 my 2007 Toyota Sienna front rotors & brake pads failed round- trip from san francisco to orange county. Mileage read: 20,939; & again on 01-12-2010 when mileage was 30,128. There were no warning lights, or notification by mechanic or service providers at regular maintenance checkups about wear or compromised rotors & pads. In advance of each incident. Maintenance had been regularly scheduled. On January 19, 2009 , brake rotors failed showing deeply scratches and were fused with the pads. On January 12, 2010 rotors required resurfacing but pads were ok. I contacted power Toyota dealership in irvine,CA. About these concerns; their response indicated a design flaw as the pads are of made pf harder material than rotors thus wearing rotors before pads and fusing the two metals together. I had several return calls from their specialist ,a mechanical engineer formerly with gm. No solutions were offered and no followup received after I inquired if the dealer would replace the manufacturer's pads with softer ones(aftermarket) as a test. It was made clear even if after-market pads were installed, they might not last more than 5-6 thousand miles. I have concerns that the brakes will fail again and cause potential injury and damage to me or passengers or to others; certainly damage also means replacement of the rotors even if the pads do not show wear. I am reporting this as a flaw in mechanical/product design and manufacture of the 2007 Sienna; intentional oversight or not,it is a lack of mitigation for the brake system that poses a potentially hazard. I believe the Sienna van, intended for family and light loads, poses a brake risk while driving and additional expense and worry about rotor/brake failure . It is contrary to the experience I had with my earlier 300k Toyota van (1985); my satisfaction with it led me to purchase the 2007 Sienna which I now regret. I am asking Toyota to replace the brake system or provide a new model van.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 14
Failure Date: 06/20/2008

The contact owns a 2005 Toyota Sienna. The contact stated that when she was driving over rough surfaces, bumps or potholes and trying to depress the brake pedal, she noticed a grinding sound and the brake would not seem to engage immediately. She stated that the condition seemed to exist on extremely bumpy roads. She took the vehicle to the dealership 3-4 times and the brake pads were replaced and rotors were resurfaced. However, the issue was still present after the repairs. She had not spoken with the manufacturer to-date. The current mileage was approximately 76,500. The failure mileage was approximately 43,000.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2006 Toyota Sienna 15
Failure Date: 01/16/2008

Front brake pads wore out very fast. Front brakes make noise, 3 times fixed under waranty and 4th time being fixed at dealership under waranty. I think some problem with brake system design and function.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2000 Toyota Sienna 16
Failure Date: 08/01/2007

The contact owns a 2000 Toyota Sienna. While driving approximately 40 mph, when she applied the brakes they failed to respond and the pedal extended to the floor. She panicked, swerved into the left lane and crashed into a vehicle. The vehicle was towed, inspected and the brake pads were replaced; however, the failure was not corrected. The contact also experienced corrosion failure around the spare tire cable. A report was filed with the manufacturer. The failure mileage was 52,000 and the current mileage was 60,000.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 17
Failure Date: 07/09/2007

2004 Sienna, had to replace brake pads twice. Brought vehicle in for 30,000 mile check, and was told that they were again 75% worn out and need to be replaced for the third time. Also, had to replace all four tires at 18,000 miles.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 18
Failure Date: 05/01/2007

I was traveling this past Tuesday, may 1st, and I notice a slight noise from the inside of my van when I had reached my destination. It happened when I applied my brakes but when I roll down my window I hadn't noticed any noise from the outside of the van. I was alone and did get out and I hadn't noticed anything in or around the front left tire. I had to travel another 1 and a half back home and by this time my car was making a horrible noise. I had a mechanic look at the car and informed me that the rotor was messed up and the brakes where metal to metal. I only have 29,000 miles on my van and he told me that this shouldn't be doing this until its due to a defect such as a bad caliper or the brakes where getting hung up. I called Toyota and they told me that they would correct this problem until I arrived and then they told me that this is normal for Toyota Sienna minivans. I am concerned that there is more to the problem because my brakes never squealed or squeaked and its only on the left side.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 19
Failure Date: 12/10/2006

Rear brakes, both, pads completely worn away or separated from backing plate. The vehicle has only 22000 miles on it. In my type of driving, brakes normally last at least 40,000 miles. Front brakes appear to be ok, wearing normally.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 20
Failure Date: 08/10/2005

Upon having the 15,000 mile maintenance done I was informed that my brake disc pads needed to replaced as they were down to 20%.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2005 Toyota Sienna 21
Failure Date: 02/28/2005

Ever since this vehicle was brand new it has continued to exhibit occasional problem with brake pedal becoming hard, with little or no play, necessitating the need to push very hard on the brake pedal to affect stopping. Normally the brakes are very good. There does not appear to be any particular cause for this I. E. Pads being wet, road salt, etc. It only occurs occasionally and seems to go away after driving for 20-30 miles. When it does occur though it is difficult to stop.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 22
Failure Date: 10/20/2004

The brakes pads on my 2004 Sienna had to be replaced at 15,000 miles. Was told by the service advisor he has seen Siennas coming in at 10,000 miles for brake jobs. A Toyota technician told me the reason for this was because Toyota was using softer pads so the brakes can be quiterer. This is a very expensive job for something that should last into the 30,000 mi. Range. This is very dissapointing coming from Toyota.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 23
Failure Date: 09/01/2004

Brake degradation on 2004 Toyota Sienna. Toyota Sienna brakes began to severly deteriorate at 14,000 miles. Pads worn beyond safe use and rotors glazed and warped.

car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2003 Toyota Sienna 24
Failure Date: 06/22/2004

While applying the brakes pedal went to the floor. A loud squeaking noise was heard coming from the front. Vehicle shook uncontrollably. Consumer was able to maintain control of the vehicle, and drove it to the dealer for inspection, and mechanic determined that both front brake pads and rotors needed to be replaced.

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car image   Brake Disc Pads problem of the 2004 Toyota Sienna 25
Failure Date: 03/17/2004

I am having the brakes on my new Toyota Sienna replaced and the rotors resurfaced at 24,000 miles this seems quite early to me. The consequence is the price to do this is $195 or I could get the new "type" of brake pad but that cost $235 (they also didn't have it in stock). I have read other complaints of persons getting their done as early as 10,000 miles. This is not right!.

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