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Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems



  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Are you sure that what you're experiencing is not the new "hill start/hill hold" feature..?

    Since the torque converters are not so robust as yesteryear the vehicle will often creep on an incline. To prevent this many manufacturers are including the hill-start feature, automaticlaly apply the brakes until pressure is applied to the gas pedal. In the meantime DBW is used to delay the onset of engine rising RPM until the brakes are released fully.
  • I have a 05 tacoma pre runner with the same issues. It doesnt want to shift into top gear, especially when cold. It isn't as bad when its warmed up. I bought the truck with 15K miles and it now has 60k and i think the problem may be a little worse now, but its always been this way. I will shift down to 4th and then into Drive to get it to shift.

    Let me know if anyone figures out whats wrong and how to fix it!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706

    The engine/transmission ECU control firmware is designed to not allow top gear, OD, use until the transmission fluid and the catalyst have had time to heat up to operational temperature.
  • I purchased a 2005 Toyota Tacoma in 2008 with 15k and the transmission needed to be replaced at 22k because synchros went in third gear, which was covered under warranty. After 23k more miles with the new transmission there is the same issue again. I had the dealership that installed the transmission run a road test and they found that there was grinding between 2nd and 3rd gears and that the transmission needs to be replaced AGAIN. The warranty on the transmission has run out and the dealership is not willing to replace it under warranty. I called the Toyota customer experience hot line and filed a claim. I spoke to a representative and my claim was denied because the transmission is not under warranty. I should not have to replace the transmission after every 23000 miles and would like Toyota to stand by their product and help in some way, since the issue I am having seems to be a factory/installation issue.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    edited February 2011
    If your Tacoma is 4WD then Toyota has no reason to trust that it has not been run with 4WD engaged, inadvertently even, in non-slippery conditions.
  • Yes my truck is 4wd, but the issue has nothing to do with 4wd, but thanks for your thought!
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    Why do you think/say that..?

    If your truck was run in 4WD on a non-slippery roadbed for as little as 30 miles, inadvertently or not, many of the driveline components, transfer case and transmission, gears, gearing would have been subject to an extraordinary level of overheating.
  • graydonfgraydonf Posts: 1
    I recently got an '04 Toyota Tacoma that was said to have hauled a camper beyond the recommended weight and whenever I stop it feels like there is slack in the chain thoughts?
  • carolinabobcarolinabob Posts: 576
    Just made a deal on a new Tacoma 4 cyl. manual after lots of research. Hope the problems you have experienced don't occur. I have driven manual transmission vehicles all my life, to include a few real sports cars. I have never shifted a moving vehicle into first gear and very, very seldom into second.
    As for competitors - there aren't any. Frontier is closest, but costs more and not as well equipped and generally lower rated.
    Have a '97 Ranger and after 50,000 miles, it's been one $300-500 problem after another and three tows to the garage. In fact for last 5 years, we haven't driven it more than 1,000 per mile due to fear it would break down.
  • 09taco09taco Posts: 33
    I have a 2009 Toyota Tacoma, TRD 4x4 Double cab V-6 Auto. I've been checking my gas mileage and notice I'm only getting around 12 MPG. This is a stock truck, no mods. with only about 25,000 miles on it. I do mostly city driving. before I would get around 15-16 in town. and around 20 on the hywy. Anything I can do or change.?... Can the dealer check anything, when I don't have a check engine light on.>
  • My friend has a 2008 Toyota Tacoma with automatic transmission.. We just changed his oil put 6 quarts in and a new oil filter that I did lube the thread and everything that your supposed to do with it. After we changed we give it gas with no response of the gears just the truck revving up itself then it would all of a sudden kick into gear. He did say the other night he had it in 2nd and was on a dirt road messing around. But the question is would that oil change have anything to do with why the trucks transmission is messing up all of a sudden? It wasn't having this problem before the oil change.
  • I have a 2011 Toyota Tacoma V6 Automatic, not a 4x4. At around 3,000 miles the trans started shifting from 1st to 2nd extremely hard. The dealership could not find the problem so they ordered me a brand new trans and dropped it in. It was perfect for about another 3 to 4,000 miles and it is doing the same thing all over again. My question is, why does it keep doing this? The only change I made with the truck since I bought it was a 3 inch lift and mud terrain tires, which was recommended for this truck. I do not pull a trailer or haul anything heavy.
  • rawman2rawman2 Posts: 1
    I'm still dealing with my Tacoma with similar synchro issues. I bought my 09 new in 2009, its a 4x4, trd off road, v6 sr5, 6 speed. At 4500 miles the transmission locked up, synchros were found worn and made the transmission stick in 4th. Transmission was replaced under warranty. At 30k there was grinding from 2nd to 3rd, synchros replaced and transmission rebuilt under warranty. 34500 the clutch blows up, Toyota tried to make me pay for the clutch until I found the clutch TSB online while looking for performance clutches. At 60000 there was grinding between 3rd and 4th gear. Again the synchros were found to be shot, and transmission rebuilt under my extended warranty. Now at 78000 the tranmission is doing the squeaky throwout bearing thing as well as lurching back and forth sometimes while starting out on a slight hill after parked for an hour or so. They are apparently in the process of checking with Toyota to see if they'll cover it under warranty as the throwout bearing is not a covered part under my extended warranty. I'm not sure if the throwout bearing would cause the lurching, probably another issue with the transmission. After this repair I'm throwing in the towel and going lemon law on their asses!
  • befuddled2befuddled2 Posts: 111
    Sorry I can't offer any advice but I sure do sympathize with you. Extended warranty and all these issue's? May the good lord be with you.
  • wwestwwest Posts: 10,706
    The only "duty" the synchos serve is during shifting....

    Were I the dealer I would begin to question your proper use of the clutch...

    Are you sure you know when to NOT have the front drive engaged...?

    Sorry if this is too "in your face" but the useful lifetime of stick shift transmissions is very much the result of driver use...or abuse...

    Plus your post jumps out at me as being ONE of ONE.
  • Hey: Thanks for responding. It is a automatic not manual. So I assume the trans knows when to shift. The problem seems to come and go. I just put it in drive and drive. So I don't think I'm doing anything wrong, I just step on the break or gas. You said my post jumps out at you as being One of One, I'm sorry I don't know what that means, you have never heard of a trans that jerks when it shifts on its own? I am just looking for someone who may have knowledge with transmissions. I thought maybe when I changed my tires out to Mud Terrain that maybe the computer needed to be reset or something. I am a girl so I don't know much about the inside of an engine. Thanks for your time and any helpful advice. It hasn't done it in a few months. I just don't want to have trans problems when my warranty is up, who would.
  • My truck is doing the same thing and it also revs really high going up and down hills; it's particularly bad going downhill. I've been into the dealership 3 times for this issue and Toyota keeps telling me that they cannot find anything. They tell me that they can't even get it to do the high revving. Well this morning on my way to work while going downhill on a major freeway I pushed on my brakes and the gas pedal went down and the RPMs went way up. My truck doesn't shift down when it should either and often it will shift gears hard. :confuse:
  • just changed my oil 2008 tacoma for the first time today the trannsmission done the same as yr friend what did you do
  • Working histories and lessons learned ? would you listen or read and believe ? Ive lived next to a junkyard my whole life. Both co-owners lived out their lives after military mechanical carreers and 40 plus years private biz.. long and short one nieghbors son was doing the Vo tech thing and took grandpa's impala wagon out of the garage and took it to class to do the transmission flush service filter crap class.....You guessed it.. it slipped same day and was declared dead dead dead....junkyard being next door the routine was followed twice in succession ....same result only one around the block the third was in the shop class ...... two more dead , lol trans..... On TRYING TO GET A THIRD USED TRANS from the yard the owners had realized each had allready swapped once each for the "nieghbor" Now these men, with over 110 years of experience IMMIEDIALTLY put one and one together, looked at the kid with the transmission and GUESSED the problem first time.....Votech high school ! they explained to the dad of the school kid the trans out of used vehicles have the Life Blood and body of the cluch disks floating in the used fluid. Once this blood is exchanged out for Fresh New Fluid they slip most everytime. Course of Order with THIRD and FINAL exchanged trans was to drain pan. place new filter, pour back in original fuid. The old junkers knew their stuff, the old wagon still runs fine on that junker tranny and the old fluid ! The kid even took the wagon to the prom years after instead of his custom reman camaro SS with a lesson learned from the OLD PROS. As an Aside when the kid built his 327 with ten to One ratio pistons he followed the old builders advice to pull the car down a mile in high gear turning the fresh built engine with the fuel pump disconnected . Once she fired all gassed and running the order of the day was 7 miles out and seven back as fast as she could go..... the old guys built and warrented out of their wallets and to this day that engine was :BROKE IN ... just like they made their living....Full speed to the Limit....
  • My wifes 2004 Tacoma had the same problem. The Kick Down (Detent) cable broke. We were referred to a local transmission shop and he found the problem as soon as I raised the hood. The cost for replacing the cable was $305.00 tax included. :)
  • I have a 07 tacoma v6 4 door with the exact problem been to the dealer 5 times they say they can't find anything
  • lazyfarmerlazyfarmer Posts: 1
    I have a 2009 tacoma...had the problem where it would be hard to go into reverse. Then it stopped going in for good...the dealer would look at it when they had an opening two weeks later. Something has to be very poorly made in the transmission for this to happen. I have a 97 tacoma with 475k on it. Have never had trans or clutch trouble with it. This truck the clutch feels like it's wearing out and now I notice the oil from the clutch hydraulic cylinder is leaking in the cab.
  • indyemmettindyemmett Posts: 1
    edited November 2013
    Check your transmission and then the oil dip stick. I bet many of these poster accidentally drained the transmission fluid instead of the oil. $20 says the transmission fluid is low and the oil level is 2xs the required amount.

    Under the Tacoma it's easy to get the oil and transmission fluid pans confused.

    This would explain the whining noises and the funky shifting.
  • My '98 Toyota Tacoma SR5 (4-cyl, auto, column shift) has been having transmission problems now for a while. It started as driving in all low gears (1-3 only) and would down-shift the moment it could without red-lining. I added some transmission treatment fluid to it and it settled out some and started opposite problem, riding in all high gears. It would not use the lower gears hardly at all, and third stopped in general, shifting down to 2nd if turned off OD and never down-shifting from 4th even if floored accelerator, and reverse started giving me problems too around the same time. If I shifted it to Reverse, the truck would shake and rattle apart almost before it would catch and start backing up. Now it has stopped working in 4th gear, driving in 3rd constantly, and Reverse has ceased to work at all. Anyone have any ideas what may need to be done to fix the problem?
  • saklaussaklaus Posts: 1
    My 98 Tacoma 4x4 Auto trans.186,000 miles. Bucks and stutters slightly when decelerating at any speed, and even slowing only 1 or 2 mph. Also slight clunking when making a somewhat quick stop. Transmission? I changed motor mounts, tranny mounts and u-joints. Fluid level is up. Just an annoyance or perhaps something serious?
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