Toyota Camry Problem Report
Toyota Camry Warped Front Brake Rotors Can Cause Steering Wheel to Shudder
As the size of the Camry vehicle gets ever larger, there is a tendency to warp the front rotors. This will be felt as a shudder in the steering wheel when braking. The front rotors can be remachined, if there is sufficient material left, otherwise the front rotors will need to be replaced. It is recommended to use factory quality rotors because cheap quality rotors warp very easily and tend to squeak and squeal.
If going over 55 miles per hour and applying the brakes (normally, not fast or super slow) the steering wheel shakes. I found the Technical Service Bulletin about it that Toyota sent to their service departments. But Toyota would not accept this to be a recall or a warranty covered matter when I talked with them. They replaced brake pads and machined the rotors. They didn't charge me for the parts because I complained, but did charge for labor $186. So not sure if that was a good deal or not. Anyway, the problem stopped. But last week, at 33,500 miles I was going down a steep hill at 65 miles per hour and applied the brakes slowly and started to feel a slight shaking again. I hope this is not a recurring problem. I wish that enough people reported it and Toyota recalled the cars to fix why the rotors and pads where out so fast. I do not ride my brakes or slam them. I am an average normal driver. - Visitor
I have a 2010 Camry Le. At 45,000 my steering wheel was shaking, I had them resurfaced. Then at 60,000 my steering was shaking so I had to buy new rotors and pads. Now at 65k I hear a noise in the wheel and take it in and they say that my wheel bearing has welded itself onto the housing and I have to replace the bearing. So over this car! Shouldn't have this many problems on a 2010! - Visitor
Fourth time needing to replace rotors, brakes and pads :( - Visitor
When driveing on interstate highways, if I put on brakes to slow down, my steering wheel shudders. Not so often at in town speeds. Seems to have started about 30,000 miles and is getting worse. - Visitor
Moderate pressure on brake pedal at freeway speed: The steering jumps, sometimes out of my hands. First time was 34000 mi. The dealer milled the rotors and things were fine. Now at 53000 mi, it's happening again. Now, the dealer says the rotors are purple from overheating and therefore warped. Toyota says rotors aren't covered under any warranty, but rotors should last more than 20000 - 30000 miles. My '89 Camry, rotors replaced over 200000 miles. - Visitor
Driving at 50mph steering wheel shakes when slowing down. Replace back brakes and rotors still having the same problem will have front rotors replace. - Visitor
When I start to brake while upon stopping at a red light or stop sign, my steering wheel starts shaking doesn't happen every time but more than it should - Visitor
I warped rotors often on numerous makes/models. When it came time to replace not just resurface the rotors, I decided to purchased cross drilled rotors. It seems to have fixed the warping since they cool off faster. - kcnickfd
Every 10k-20k miles. The rotors warp easily. They do not dissipate the heat well. I have avoided washing my car think the hot/cold change would prevent this. It did not. I have since changed my rotors to the cross drilled style that I purchased online (not Toyota). It's been 30k miles and no issues so far.... - Visitor
It shudders when braking at high speed - Visitor
Braking over 45mph would start shaking, had to rotate rotor $113.00 - Visitor
I have same issues and was sad to find out not under warranty. My brakes still have life but not the rotor. Have not fixed it yet . - Visitor
2008 Toyota Camry LE: when pressing on brake pedal at freeway speed, the steering wheel shakes a lot. - Visitor
My steering wheel shakes I have replaced the rotators twice - Visitor
Car shudders when brakes applied at freeway speeds. Not sure how to proceed, should I get rotors reworked or replaced, or just get a new car. Have also had repeated problems with Navigation and electronics system, Toyota tried to get me to pay $1600.00 for new system, then offererd to split cost, after I still complained that I shouldnt have to pay for a 3 year old cars 2nd system they tried a hard reset and the error code told them to install a new sd card and it completely fixed the problem for nothing! But I felt they knew this option from start but just wanted money! Very dissatisfied with Nalley Roswell, Ga. - Visitor
When braking on the highway, the steering wheel shakes. I have not fixed the problem yet. - Visitor
Steering wheel shakes when braking. - Visitor
heavy shake on steering wheel when braking. new brake pads and rebalance wheels did not fix the problem - Visitor
I too believe the warped rotors were caused at the manufacturer. My roommate has a 2011 Toyota Tundra and took his in right after he first got it for warped rotors. At the time, I was feeling something different when I braked but just thought that was the way the new car felt. Now I have had it for a while and my right front tires were wearing out on the outside. I got an alignment and it happened again, 3 months later. I asked if it could be my brakes and they told me "no, only alignment or lack of air" was the problem. But I had them check my brakes this time around and sure enough the rotors were warped. Somehow I think the way the rotors are being manufactured or stored is causing this problem. $800 later. Brakes & tires. - syoungblood
Issue reoccurs about a year after replacement. - seanmor69
The car's steering shakes when brake is applied in motion.
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