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Brakes on 2012 Camry
First off, this car is my 4th Camry to own, and my 6th total Toyata vehicle.
I have never had any problems with brakes, until this past year with my wifes 2012, purchased new, Camry.
I noticed a high pitched noise from the vehicle while driving for more than 5 minutes, at any speed. When I would touch the brake pedal, the noise would temporarily stop, then start again. I had my wife take her car in to the dealership to have the brakes checked. When she made the appointment, they told her that it was probably an AC belt. . . I took the car in for this appointment, and explained that there is most likely a problem with one of the brakes possibly sticking. They checked all four sets, and declared "No Problems". Three days later, I could smell something burning when the wife returned from town, and saw that the drivers side rear wheel was smoking. Took the car in to a reputable tire shop, and they had to replace the caliper, pads, and rotor.
At the very next scheduled maintenance visit to the dealership, they told my wife that the same wheel needed new pads. I took the car back to the tire shop, and they saw that the left rear pads showed a high amount of wear, but was still ok. I didn't do anything at this time.
Wife takes her car back for another scheduled checkup at the dealership, (if it seems that we take the car in for checks often, it's because I make her get it looked over before making a trip from where we live down to Minneapolis and back) this check they changed the oil, once again noting that the rear wheel needed new pads, and possibly a new caliper. (starting to get annoyed at this point)
She left for a trip south a couple of days after the check and oil change, and a bit after she left I found a puddle of oil where she parks.(not a drip, a puddle, like a couple of quarts of oils worth of puddle) Called her to have son in law check the oil for her. Engine was covered, nothing on the dipstick. Had it towed, and they replaced the oil pressure sensor.
Now, most of this was simply venting. My question actually goes back to the brakes. . . is there a problem that Toyota has with this left rear brake system??
And btw, I really no longer trust my dealership.