Front Brake Rotor Wear Can Cause Pulsations on Toyota 4Runner

Front brake rotors can wear causing a pulsation felt in the brake pedal. Our technicians tell us this condition is best corrected by replacement of the front rotors and brake pads.

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Average mileage: 138,764 (20,000–210,000)
15 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2012, 2013
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1997 Toyota 4Runner 158,000 mi,
Brakes pulsate when applied.
1995 Toyota 4Runner 200,000 mi,
Bought Used 4Runner. Brakes pulsated very roughly when applied. Took to Midas for Inspection. $1850 estimate to replace front brake pads and rotors, rear shoes, cv joints and a few "cracked" belts. Took the truck to my mechanic; $650 in parts and labor. Midas lied about the rear shoes needing replacement as they were practically brand new. Belts showed no signs of wear or cracking. Find a good mechanic you can trust and give him or her your business!!!!
My 2000 Toyota 4Runner steering vibrates around 65 mph I have done tire balancing numerous times and replacing rotors. I have taken it to countless mechanics, suspension specialist shops etc. problem still exists.
2000 Toyota 4Runner 151,000 mi,
Pulsating brakes in front when pressed, good until now, no other problems with vehicle.
new rotors & pads 1 1/2 years ago , problems back just like before
1992 Toyota 4Runner 184,000 mi,
Exactly how it says... when medium braking there is a shimmy in the front as the vehicle comes to a stop. I had the pads changed to ceramic and new rotors installed and viola - shimmy pulsation is gone.
1990 Toyota 4Runner 189,000 mi,
Pulsations when applied brakes. Problem continues due to price of parts.
When I push the brake pedals it has no pressure and it take the truck a minute to stop.
2001 Toyota 4Runner 150,000 mi,
The problem with shimmy or wobble of front wheels under braking, pronounced on downhill slope, can be FIXED in most cases with a RESURFACING of your front brake rotors, combined with new front pads. Total cost is ~200 US. This fix is much cheaper than buying new rotors, so ask the technician to check if your existing rotors can be resurfaced before you have them replaced.
1992 Toyota 4Runner 210,000 mi,
Warble in front end while completing stop .not yet fixed
2013 Toyota 4Runner 30,000 mi,
Corrosion of front rotors
same as mentioned and solution
Rotors are bad, haven't fixed it yet
2012 Toyota 4Runner 20,000 mi,
front brake rotors rusting on outside, can be felt when brake is applied
Yes, that is a true statement. I still have not had them replaced just yet, but I know i have to get them done