Re: RAV 4 V6 and brakes
I have had a similar experience towing with my 4Runner. Like Gbaglo I attribute it to having the Prodigy brake controller set too low. I think I installed the controller and did not do the recommended testing and setting change. Since replacing the brakes, after 77,000 miles, I performed the testing and adjustments as specified in the user manual.
My mechanic stated I had 40% brakes left at about 63,000 miles. This was the time Escape arrived. Those last 40% went very fast. Now was my mechanic wrong, do I drive different now, or is towing the cause?
I can say the result was a different feel in braking and on some occasions I found the trailer wheels skidding during an abrupt stop. More often when stopping on loose gravel or sand. I then made another slight adjustment to reducing the brake application on the trailer. This year we did some extensive mountain driving and everything performed very well. I do not know the condition of my new brakes.
Paul and Janet Braun
2003 Toyota 4Runner V8 now 2012 Toyota Sequoia V8
Escape 19' 2010 now 2014 Escape 21'