Problem with braking

Discussion in 'Gen 2 Prius Main Forum' started by mattavon, Aug 21, 2006.

  1. mattavon

    mattavon New Member

    Aug 21, 2006
    On three occasions I have experienced the feeling of the car slipping when I have had to brake quickly. It is like when you come to a stop in a car with a gear shift and because you forgot to shift down the car jolts, but in this case it makes that jolt and then keeps going forward. It really has scared me and I rear ended someone the other day when she braked and I braked quickly. I felt like I was in completely in control then the Prius "shifted" with a huge jolt and I went forward and hit her. Has anyone else experienced this?
    I was thinking I was crazy but today at the dealership the service department knew what I was talking about.
  2. galaxee

    galaxee mostly benevolent

    Mar 14, 2005
    2005 Prius
    if you hit a bump while braking the traction control kicks in and you get that jerky feeling for a second. happens to me routinely at a certain intersection.
  3. <div class='quotetop'>QUOTE(matt20 @ Aug 21 2006, 06:52 PM) [snapback]307084[/snapback]</div>
    wow, thats really interesting

    i have noticed this same jolt. However, not to this extreme. I THINK what is happening is the MG to charge the battery kicks in to slow the car, and when the car reachs a slower speed (i think its 10mph but i almost always feel it at 8 mph) it disengages the MG and engages the actual brakes. I have tested the brakes in my car, and to me they seem to have very nice stopping power. and i have had one or two instances where i have stopped immediately and have been very impressed on how the car handles. And then there are others where i come to a rolling stop i feel the car rush out and then come to a complete stop. Sometimes a little more than i would like and leaves me out of my comfort zone.

    im not calling you a liar or crazy, but i think that one of the two things are possible. 1) i think maybe you could have misjudged the stop and you were doomed to hit the lady from the start irregardless of your car. or 2) you really have problem with your brakes and your not at fault at all. however, i really feel sorry that you had to bad experience with what i believe to soundly made car, and i would push for the dealership to fix your breaks and report to your insurance company that this accident was due to a mechnical malfunction.

    i really do think its the car. But ultimately, i've never had an accident, but i have been rear-ended. although he hit me. i know i could have not stopped so sudden and kept going into the intersection and the whole thing would have never happend. I blamed myself, but the insurance company blames the guy that hit me.
  4. RichBoy

    RichBoy New Member

    Mar 31, 2006
    I think you should certainly have the braking system checked by your Authorized Toyota Dealer.