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Toyota Tacoma Transmission Problems



  • marliemarlie Posts: 2
    Does anyone know if the clutch is going out on a 1998 Tacoma if when you accelerate to change gears the truck vibrates and makes a loud rattling noise? thanks Mike
  • seabeeedseabeeed Posts: 2
    My toyota did the same thing from day 1,They told me it was the trans also, all of them shift like that. not true. I believe it is the slip joint on driveshaft. can tgake apart and clean all old grease out and relube and it works fine for about a month. toypta should come out with a change or something on this
  • fireman73fireman73 Posts: 1
  • I have a 2006 Toyota Tacoma TRD Off-Road automatic and I regularly perform routine maintenance. I was looking and there is no dipstick. I called Toyota Corp. and they said that it is a sealed transmission and has no dipstick, so I am guessing if you make this little "boo boo" you may have to take it to a dealer to perform the task, after you buy your transmission fluid elsewhere, recommending World Standard (WS) Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).
  • can anyone tell me how to get the trd to lock in 2wd and 4hi, not just 4x4 low range????? that would really be fab.
  • its not possible, its a safety feature to keep people from driving with the rear axle locked. I had the same problem, so I took my truck in to be looked at, they said nothing was wrong with the rear locker and that it would only lock in 4Lo. We even tried it in two other cars on the lot and it was the same for them also. Two wheel drive tacoma's that have a rear locker are different, they will lock anytime since its only a two wheel drive, but if you have the rear axle locked in a two wheel drive, once you turn the wheel left or right(which you aren't supposed to do when using the locker) the rear axle will unlock automatically to prevent damage. So as far as I know, 4 Lo only on 4wd. Thats the only way I can get it to work on my tacoma.
  • I just found this forum and glad I did. A lot of good info here. I seem to have the same problem a few of you are having with tranny shifting on the tacoma. When I come to a stop the transmission will not downshift to first gear until I take my foot off the brake. Also, it stays in 2nd until 30 mph unless the engine is hot. I've read a few old posts about this. Has anyone found a solution for this problem. I took it to the dealer back when it was under warranty, but couldn't "reproduce" the problem. A mechanic told me if I removed the drive shaft, regreased it, it would stop the shifting problem for a while. Thanks for any help.
  • i have a 2001 v6 doublecab, does exactly both of those characteristics. it has a tranny that by design wants to reach the highest gear asap which i feel causes that binding at stop. it will switch to 1st (sometimes with a clunk-disturbing) upon rolling slightly foreward. it's done this from new and for some reason i'm not concearned-ijust think it's a design quirk. as far as the cold start thing i know for sure that toyota trannys like ours won't upshift to 3rd and up until it reaches a set temp value...probably a longevity trait. i find it beneficial to warm up in the driveway until you see the temp needle start to move up-it's better for everything anyway if you don't throw a load on cold moving parts
  • i would like to put slightly larger tires on my stock rims.
    im currently running 265/70-r16 i am wondering what the largest tire i can comfortably put under it is.
    :4d 4wd trd taco
  • tumwetumwe Posts: 7
    265/75 16 is the largest size without any rubbing issues. Anything taller and your looking at lifting the front 2 to 3"
  • baker615: I have a '94 toyota that jumps when put in gear also. Sometimes it shifts really hard, but not all the time. It sounds like I have the same problem that you have. Someone mentioned taking the slip joint off the drive shaft and cleaning it. I will try that tomorrow. If anyone has other suggestions, please let me know. Don
  • I think i have a problem too with my tacoma truck and its a 2000 model and it has like over 50,000 miles on it now... when i was changing my oil and after i was done with that i turn it on and its a automatic and not a stick... so i tried to back it up and put it to R right and then all of sudden it would back up and i had to gas a little... then i put it to D and all of sudden its not going forward and its parked in my driveway at my friends house... so i dunno whats wrong with it... is it either that it needs a transmission fluid or is the transmission broked down... let me know anyone and need some help and tips here, thanks!
  • I have 2001 tacoma 4x4 trd 6cy maunal transmission. right now when you push the clutch in, sometimes is sticks to the floorboard and will not come back up unless you physically pull it up. While it is stuck in that "to the floor" position, the transmission is still engaged, as if it had no clutch. Is my clutch going bad...any suggestions?
    thanks in advanced
  • I have an 04 Tacoma with a weird problem. Only when it is cold (OAT <40F) when driving near 40MPH and about 1750RPM there is a squeal that occurs from infront of the passenger. It sounds like a fan belt but it seems that the belt is well tensioned. If it is in neutral and I rev the engine it doesn't do it. Any help would be great!
  • I have a well maintained 2001 4x4 double cab SR5 / TRD with 142,00 miles on it. A few days ago I noticed that the automatic overdrive wants to keep shifting to and from overdrive at about 55 - 65 mph, under low or heavy vacuum ( never downhill ) It does stay in OD once I hit about 65mph and higher and when going down hills. When I turn the OD button to OFF then the tranny is fine except I'm running higher rpm's now w/o the overdrive engaged. Has anyone experienced this ? Know where to start ?
    Thanks. :
  • I have a well maintained 2001 4x4 double cab SR5 / TRD with 142,00 miles on it. A few days ago I noticed that the automatic overdrive wants to keep shifting to and from overdrive at about 55 - 65 mph, under low or heavy vacuum ( never downhill ) It does stay in OD once I hit about 65mph and higher and when going down hills. When I turn the OD button to OFF then the tranny is fine except I'm running higher rpm's now w/o the overdrive engaged. Has anyone experienced this ? Know where to start ?
    Thanks. :
  • My truck recently won't go into gear right away. You put it into drive and gas it and it sounds like its in neutral then it catches and shakes the truck a bit and goes. It also, on stops, will start rolling back like it is in nuetral ...
    Any thoughts?
  • tlbakertlbaker Posts: 2
    I have a 2007 Tacoma, 2.7L, 5 speed manual with ~13k miles. Shifting from 1st to 2nd, 2nd to 3rd, 3rd to 4th works as expected: push in clutch, release accelerator, and engine RPM drops quickly to idle. Shifting from 4th to 5th presents a problem where the engine RPM does not immediately decrease and often increases. There is no indication of the accelerator sticking or any other mechanical throttle problem. Any ideas on what is causing this problem?
  • tlbakertlbaker Posts: 2
  • suv4betsysuv4betsy Posts: 38
    Check with service to get the belts replaced. I had same problem at cold temp only hearing a slight squeal coming from engine at first start cold, my trip to work is very short only 5mi so it would always be there and annoying. At first I thought it was a bearing going in the alternator. The dealer service didn't hear it at my 30K service, but we agreed to keep it overnight out in the cold and sure enough they heard the noise, replaced the belts and now it is all quiet, problem solved.
  • pangahaspangahas Posts: 1
    I tried to change motor oil of my 2001 dbl cab tacoma for 1st time since my mechanic was on vacation. Instread on unscrewing the engine it was transmission that I drained. I just realized when I check engine oil dip stick. I decided to refill the transmission but I cannot find any access. I was terribly upset, please help if anybody knows how.
  • This just started happening but is starting to happen more and more often. I have a 2000 trd xtra cab v6 auto transmission with a little over 100,000 miles. When I'm coasting at under 15 mph, and go to accelerate, the transmission seems to have problems finding the right gear so for the 3-4 seconds it can't find the gear it acts as if its in neutral and revs up to the amount of gas I'm giving it until it grabs and finds the gear. Any ideas as to what is happening? Anybody had similar problems? I took it to my mechanic today, and he's going to look at it but is afraid I might have to replace the whole transmission.!! Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  • jallen7jallen7 Posts: 1
    My 2007 Tacoma 4-dr pickup with an auto transmission shudders when I first start out (1st. gear). I can feel it again as it shifts into second. I have asked my Toyota service writer if they have had this complaint from other owners. he replied, "No."

    I have owned over 144 automobiles in my life, and this is the first time I have encountered this problem. What do you think it is.
  • shortribshortrib Posts: 1
    has anyone had any trouble with leaking transmission fluid on a standard transmission tacoma?
    brought it back to the dealer, they checked it out and said it was likely caused from overfill at the manufacturer...they cleaned it up and said should be fine
    that was 3 weeks ago....
    just checked it again...and found more fluid dripping on the crossmember...appears to be leaking from the top of the transmission...any ideas?
  • rhoskierhoskie Posts: 2
    Please help? I have a well maintained 2005 Tacoma. Stopped this morning at a 7-11. When I got back into the truck the shifter would not engage the transmission. No warning at all. Anyone have an idea before I take it to the dealer. My extended warranty has expired, 80K miles. Not one single problem before this.

    Ray in Virginia
  • libralh24libralh24 Posts: 1
    I also have a well maintained 2001 tacoma. Everything was running fine and then I went to start the truck when it was sitting in my driveway and the shifter would not engage the transmission.

    What did you find out about this problem?
  • rhoskierhoskie Posts: 2
    I have not found out yet. Had it towed to the dealer with my hand on my checkbook hoping it's minor. I should know today. Will let you know.

    Ray In Virginia
  • tx_tim1tx_tim1 Posts: 1
    Hi - I have a 2001 Tacoma and I'm experiencing the same issue with my transmission not wanting to engage after it cools down. I was curious what you found relating to your problem?

    Thanks, Tx_tim1 in Texas
  • thansonthanson Posts: 1
    I have the same probem with my 2001 Tocma, not a 4x4. Right now I have a rope going from the pedel to the steering column ajust. lever so that I can pull the &^^%^& pedal off the floor. It's "redneck" rigging I know but this is my main ride and its just until I can figure it out and get it fixed. I have found that the problem is less if I stay off the clutch. No down shifting or stitting at a light with the clutch pedal pushed in. This model does have a master and slave cylinder, with only 20,000 on the truck. May have to replace them both ($100.00 for both).The first thing I did was make sure the fluid was at the right level. Its in the back right corner under the hood high on the fire wall, just in case you need to know. If any one knows anything we would love to hear from ya.
  • iam4volzziam4volzz Posts: 2
    My problem (which sounds like yours also) turned out to be the master and slave cylinders.....changed both, less than 100.00 - never a problem again. Ran like a top. Since, I've traded the truck for a 07 tacoma - to be honest, wish I still had my 01. Hope this helps
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