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EMERGENCY help: brake failure, VSC lights, and continuous alarm?

I just drove my 2006 V8 to a corner store at the end of the block, 300 yards max. Everything was fine, as always. Then when I got back into the truck to go home, I noticed that the red E-brake light was on (not engaged though), also the orange VSC/trac lights. Then it began making a howling continuous alarm beep. Then about 100 yards into the trip I noticed the regular foot brakes DON'T WORK. I have no braking. Luckily the 300 yard trip back to my house is *slightly* uphill. I just gave it weak gas and crawled home, then let gravity stop at the curb in front of my house.

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I'll ask the obvious, any sign of brake fluid leakage? How does fluid level in reservoir look?
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I'll ask the obvious, any sign of brake fluid leakage? How does fluid level in reservoir look?
Oh sh-t. Yeah I would say this is some evidence. Good call. This is the driveway spot it was in until my recent drive.
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And yeah the brake fluid reservoir is empty. WTF
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And yeah the brake fluid reservoir is empty. WTF
You have a leak in your (hydraulic) braking system. Easiest way to find it is to look for wet spots on the truck above where that puddle is. If you've never worked on a brake system yourself, have it towed to somebody you trust. Do not drive it.
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And yeah the brake fluid reservoir is empty. WTF
Find and fix the leak, refill the master cylinder and then bleed the brakes.

Just an FYI, learn how to use the parking brake, downshifting and slowing down ahead of time to be able to stop, it's a skill I and most everyone I knew growing up in the 1960s knew how to do, and it can save your life or at the very least help you avoid an accident!!

I had to use this skill about 4 years ago with my T4R on a late Thanksgiving night when a brake line burst on my driver's front wheel, nothing was opened and no wreckers were available, no traffic to speak of and I drove 90 miles home without any issues stopping and getting my truck home with no brakes other than the parking brake.
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damn.. how high is your life insurance policy???

jk of course. But on a serious note I'd be curious to find out what exactly failed.
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Check the hard lines at each front caliper, then check the lines on the left side above the rear diff.. then spread out from there..
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Check the hard lines at each front caliper, then check the lines on the left side above the rear diff.. then spread out from there..
Thanks for the advice everyone but we are well beyond my wrenching capabilities. And with a life-or-death system (braking). I'll be having AAA tow this to a shop, then let you know.
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when i was checking my brake lines a year or 2 ago, saw some corrosion in the front brake caliper line and replaced it. removed the old line, went to store to buy the replacement line. also, last year, my rear brake lines were corroded too, had to buy it from toyota and replaced it. better to buy the toyota ones so that you don't have to waste time. just remove the old one and replace witht he new one. i had to replace the hoses in the rear too.

for everyone with old 4runners, check your brake lines for corrosion and replace it for your peace of mind.

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when i was checking my brake lines a year or 2 ago, saw some corrosion in the front brake caliper line and replaced it. removed the old line, went to store to buy the replacement line. also, last year, my rear brake lines were corroded too, had to buy it from toyota and replaced it. better to buy the toyota ones so that you don't have to waste time. just remove the old one and replace witht he new one. i had to replace the hoses in the rear too.

for everyone with old 4runners, check your brake lines for corrosion and replace it for your peace of mind.
Anyone have the part number or link to replace the front caliper hardlines with braided lines?
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the hardline that connects from the caliper to the hose, you can get it from autozone or advance, just get the right length and correct fitting. i had to remove my old one and bring to the store so they can check the correct thread or fitting, then you just have to bend it, very easy. the hose, i'll check what i have.

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the hardline that connects from the caliper to the hose, you can get it from autozone or advance, just get the right length and correct fitting. i had to remove my old one and bring to the store so they can check the correct thread or fitting, then you just have to bend it, very easy. the hose, i'll check what i have.
Yeah, im looking for an upgrade to not use a hardline and use stainless braided instead if its available.
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the hardline is quite needed. i've checked before thinking the same thing. just plug and play.

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So yeah, rusted brake line

It took me a week of it sitting before I got around to towing it to a Toyota/Lexus shop. Then it spent almost 4 weeks there waiting on the backordered brake line. I've now got it back fixed. Thanks everyone.
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