Q: Total car system failure with the brakes not working properly, the accelerator not working, and the speedometer acting up all at the same time. Why?

asked by on February 28, 2017

I have a Toyota camry 2000. Occasionally I discover that while driving, the brake will just seize to catch, accelerator will not be working, speedometer malfunctioning at the same time. I will have to stop and re-ignite before it will come back to normal. Please, what could be the problem?

My car has 254122 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

Brake System Flush $97.95 - $113.94 Get a Quote
Electric Problems Inspection $79.99 - $89.99 Get a Quote

The brake system is mechanical so you would want to check the brake fluid and make sure that it is full in the master cylinder reservoir. If the fluid is full, then either the fluid is full of moisture and needs flushed out or the brake system is sticking due to contamination and needs the fluid flushed out. For the speedometer and accelerator not working properly, there could be a loose ground wire between the vehicle’s cab and the chassis frame.

If you need further assistance with your brakes and electrical issues, then seek out a professional, such as one from Your Mechanic, to help you.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

What others are asking

Issue involving spongy brakes after multiple bleeds.

You may have rear brakes out of adjustment. I'd try to adjust them until you get a light drag on the drums. Check both front calipers to make sure the slides are free and lubed well. Then you should have...

I HAVE A BAD FRONT DRIVER SIDE BRAKE THAT IS SCRAPNIG METAL ON METAL.

The front brake pads and rotor must be replaced on the side that has been worn down to the metal and it would be a good idea to do the same to the other side of the vehicle as well,...

How do I pair a Bluetooth device?

Before you can use Bluetooth connectivity to make a call or do anything else, you’ll need to pair your device with the car’s computer and audio system. Doing so isn’t that complicated, but you do need to follow a few...

Weak startup when the engine is warmed up - 2000 Toyota MR2

Hey there. Heat causes electrical resistance to increase. Given the age of the vehicle, your ignition system might be "struggling." You should thoroughly evaluate the ignition system. If that checks out, check the fuel pump output and condition of the...

Moving a rusted car

Hello. If it will not move because of the rust built up on the rotors and pads, then the wheels and calipers should be removed and the rust cleaned from the rotors and pads. This will help to free it...

Roommate getting ripped off by toyota dealership, can you provide additional info?

Hello, thank you for writing in. There are several aspects to consider in this situation. First of all, dealerships are known for insanely high labor rates, but labor should not be over $100/hr for most repairs. The technicians that work...

Went to get inspected and the Nissan garage said I had rusty rotors and the only fix is to replace them along with new brake pads.

The rusted rotors are from not driving the vehicle that often. When the rotors get wet and sit for a few days they will get rusted, even when new. If you are getting a grinding noise then the work will...

What does the Brake Fluid Low message mean?

The Brake Fluid Low message can appear on your driver information center (DIC). When the DIC displays this alert, then your vehicle has detected that the fluid in your brake system is low. The brake system should be serviced as...

Brakes not working correctly.

Do not drive your car in this condition, have a mobile mechanic come inspect your car to inspect the damage. The hydraulic master cylinder is the heart of your brake system, it provides flow to the brake calipers and rear...

Related articles

Why Do Brake Rotors Warp?
Brake rotors are the large metal discs visible behind the wheels of a car. These spin along with the wheels so...
A Buyer’s Guide to the 2012 Toyota Tundra
While While Toyota hasn’t been in the business of manufacturing larger pickup trucks as long as the likes of Ford, Chevy, and Dodge, the Tundra is most definitely a force to be reckoned with. This full-sized pickup has comparable payload,...
How Anti-Lock Brakes Work
An An anti-lock brake system (ABS) is a braking system that is made to allow a vehicle to maintain traction with the road when braking. Braking is controlled by driver input via the brake pedal, and older braking systems response...