Problem Description and Possible Solution
At 125,000-150,000 miles, the Master Cylinder may need replacing. It is critical to adjust the brake pedal to Master Cylinder pushrod clearance or the brakes will drag and over heat.
Average mileage: 152,272 (62,000–265,000)
17 people reported this problem
Happened on a nice morning, I was heading to the beach with my family. All of a sudden I hear a loud beeping noise. I was really freaking out! I tried to step on the breaks but it wasn't stopping. So I had to use the emergency breaks and try to make it to a auto shop. Went there, they scanned my 4runner and said it's my break master. They told me I needed to change out the whole assembly.
brake light on and off for days then stayed on permanently. took to my same mechanic at toyota i've used for 10 years; it's the master cylinder and $3000 to repair plus i needed back shocks done that i chose not to do last time..... sadly, the money i would put in to repair is more than the value of the vehicle... i will be looking for another toyota.
Original owner and second time replacing frozen calipers. Replaced master cylinder 3 years earlier and now brakes locked up, VSC light on and mechanic claims master cylinder bad again. Of course, Toyota claiming one year warranty on a $2k part
I have a 2004 Toyota 4Runner with 195K miles. While driving at 30mph, breaks failed and loud cabin alarm sound and dash lights on. I had to pull into the grass, apply emergency break and down shift to avoid a crash. Kids in vehicle. Had to tow to dealership. Independent mechanics would not touch it. Master cylinder replacement cost: $3,300.