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Brake Pedal Play

Postby GreenSolara01 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 3:59 pm

GreenSolara01 wrote:My brakes do the same thing :( , and might have been why I just got into
an accident. I was in a 09 Camry rental with really good brakes. When
I got my car back I was surprised how far my pedal goes down
before the car slows or stops. I looked at the brake fluid reservoir and
it was at the low line. Is it my low brake fluid level causing this?

I don’t suspect it to be any other components because I have replaced
almost the entire system recently.

•Master Cylinder
•Brake Booster
•Rotors
•Pads
•Flush/fill Fluid

I was also curious if anyone else was having this same problem.
I’ll top of fluid tomorrow but I’m still wondering what’s up with the brakes.


Toped off brake fluid helps, but still kinda a gradual stop.
you guys think SS lines and better pads might help.
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Postby 99BlackSandv6 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 4:39 pm

I think better pads would be a huge help. I don't have experience with SS lines on our cars. I know they can make a big difference on certain cars though.
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Postby 1gSE » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:10 pm

OP, was it like that before you did the brake job?
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Postby wkbrdr91 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:42 pm

I dont care for my brakes on the Solara much, they seem to not work very well when under emergency braking, its like they are fighting back on me, like they dont want to go down.

Now the pathfinder, that thing will stop on a dime, its crazy.

This reminds me of a friend who thought her brakes on her Mercedes were too strong, and she was driving at about 70 in a 30, and thought her car would do a front flip if she slammed on the brakes for the stop sign, so instead she whipped the wheel to the right to "slide out in the grass" and instead she flipped multiple times, and hit a tree sideways.
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Postby 99BlackSandv6 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:48 pm

^ She sounds like a moron. Seriously....is she single? :lol:
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Postby wkbrdr91 » Mon Feb 01, 2010 5:57 pm

99BlackSandv6 wrote:^ She sounds like a moron. Seriously....is she single? :lol:


idk, shes really slutty, so i guess it depends on what time of the night you ask that question lol
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Postby solara90 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 5:31 am

i agree with the emergency stopping, they seem to fight and then grab at the last second..


IF you want good brakes get a honda fit, my parents have one and its got the touchiest brakes ever
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Postby jimmm » Tue Feb 02, 2010 8:29 am

I am really surprised to read so much talk about the Solara's poor braking capabilities on this forum. It seems to me that, where so much time, energy, and money is spent on excessive mods and even unecessary ones, to be resigned to poor braking is insane. Brakes are fundamental in the working of any car. If I were not satisfied with my brakes, it would be the first thing I would modify. As it stands, I am very pleased with mine.
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Postby cj145 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:04 am

I did the es300 brake swap and stainless steel lines on all 4 corners and I could not be happier with my brakes. I drive a gen 4 Camry but it is the same components as the Solara.

I'm also running the hawk HPS pads.
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Postby GreenSolara01 » Tue Feb 02, 2010 9:57 pm

the gen 1 does have soft brks. any one tell a difference with ss lines ? I know some good pads would help too.
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Postby 02slera » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:16 pm

A few people have been behind the wheel of my car and i never heard any complaints, they dont feel especially sporty, but they dont feel bad either, they just feel normal to me, my car has new rotors and pads, all else is stock, and when i really want to step down on it they will put the ABS to work :)
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Postby WUTANGCLAN » Wed Feb 03, 2010 6:25 pm

You want responsive brakes check out the new altimas those things stop the whole car with your toe lol
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Postby jimmm » Wed Feb 03, 2010 7:19 pm

You want responsive brakes? GET THEM FIXED RIGHT.
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Postby SleeperSolara » Wed Feb 03, 2010 10:28 pm

Wit SS brake lines, the pedal feels stiffer.
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Postby GreenSolara01 » Thu Jun 16, 2011 7:17 pm

GreenSolara01 wrote:
GreenSolara01 wrote:My brakes do the same thing :( , and might have been why I just got into
an accident. I was in a 09 Camry rental with really good brakes. When
I got my car back I was surprised how far my pedal goes down
before the car slows or stops. I looked at the brake fluid reservoir and
it was at the low line. Is it my low brake fluid level causing this?

I don’t suspect it to be any other components because I have replaced almost the entire system recently.

•Master Cylinder
•Brake Booster
•Rotors
•Pads
•Flush/fill Fluid

I was also curious if anyone else was having this same problem.
I’ll top of fluid tomorrow but I’m still wondering what’s up with the brakes.


I topped off brake fluid helps, but still kind of a gradual stop.
You guys think SS lines and better pads might help.


Ok I remember this post, funny the things you come across searching. (It would be funny if I wasn’t pissed about my car)

Got in another accident so I revisited why the brakes suck!
I just finished installing
Drilled and Slotted Rotors
New Ceramic Pads on all 4
Flushed out the entire system a few times (fluid is clear now)
New SS break lines
Adjusted pedal height and free play

I did all this because the brakes suck! It doesn’t stop that well at all I’ve been in three accidents this year all happen because I need like 100 feet to stop.
Any thoughts on what else to do, brakes still not stopping that well, about the same as before
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