12-03-2009, 12:06 PM
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We never really resolved the matter. I removed and re-lubed that joint twice and thought we would ultimately have to replace it. Unfortunately, the car was written off in an accident so we never got the chance to do so.
Beware of the ABS braking system. We believe that it failed and that is why the car was wrecked.
If you ever have the feeling that the brakes did not work when you step on them, have it checked out. Our car did it once before the wreck. My wife says she stepped on the brake and it did not feel like it was working. She let off on the brake and stepped on it again and it worked fine. That was in April of 2008. In August 2008, she pulled into a parking lot and stepped on the brake and it did not stop. It hit a bollard and did a lot of damage. She did not have the time or the presence of mind to let off and step on the brake again that time.
We have spoken with mechanics who say this is not uncommon with ABS. Not just on Toyotas but on most vehicles. They are all a similar design. If a valve in the ABS controller sticks, then the computer does not brake because it does not sense a wheel locked up, but unfortunately, it prevents you from braking normally.
1998 Avalon XLS
1995 4Runner SR5 4X4 V6 5SP