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what I really want to know is if a faulty parking brake could have made my situation worse or if it was simply an unfortunate accident
Sounds like your parking brake is faulty. I checked and there is not a TSB or any problems reported about the scion brake having any failure when you noticed the brake was failing I would have had the system checked most likely its out of adjustment and needs to be repaired there are some people on forums that have issues and others that have not so there is not a pattern that I can see. Most likely the brake is worn out of adjustment and was an unfortunate accident
That price on the auto body sounds fair those places are rough but you can ask for atleast 3 estimates and ask for the less amount out of the 3
Let me know if you have any questions..
we got the car door from a junk yard - -it is grey and will need to be attached and painted white to match the car, and since the door will not open, hinges need to be adjusted and things banged out - thankfully, the inside of the door is fine, just replacing the outer shell. still sound ok?
any chance toyota might be able to determine if the brake is faulty or was wear and tear?
They will be able to most likely have a cause of the failure
meaning maybe it could have been a faulty brake all along, thus the reason parking valets always have it up too high and too tight?
They can tell if something failed from wear or a defective componant
But they will say you should have had it checked back then and adjusted
That sounds like it out of asjustment to me
I'm sure they would. that's unfortunate for me. I wonder if I should take it to the dealer before I get the bodywork done or after. and if the brake is still under warranty as in lifetime warranty. I had the 3 year service agreement - that's as long as they would give me at the dealership.
There is no lifetime warranty but you should have it inspected at the dealer as soon as possible