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#747 of 2067 1st to 2nd gear clash
Apr 20, 2003 (9:27 am)
Dear scOrpio, emruzek, floydson, bugnut23, whatnow2, mtngal, 004runner and tomk14,
I have read ( with increasing interest ) your posts as I will go to Toyota tomorrow with my 1st to 2nd shifting problem that has so correctly been described here as "notchy" or difficult shifting.Mine actually grinds a little in a "quick shift". I own a 2003 Tacoma xtra cab w/ the 4cyl. It has been lovingly broken in and now has 3K on it. Sadly, it isn't 1/2 the truck my '85 Toyota xtra was, and I may actually trade my son after the '85 is finished getting the timing chain, and re-paint done. Did anybody find out if the trannys in the 4Runner and the Tacoma are of the same type or design lineage ? This really smacks of a long-entrenched design flaw in the actual conception or execution of the synchro's in this particular trans. I discussed this and the seemingly inordinate amount of play in the drive-train which causes a ringing slap between 1 &2nd, or 2nd & 3rd sometimes. My "85 is a quieter truck at the august age of almost 20 yrs. and 280K miles. I was told by my local service rep that it was because of the "long driveshaft". Mostly I just heard shaft. I really appreciate all the info available here, and will update when I get the most updated excuse.
#748 of 2067 The quality is not the same anymore....
Apr 20, 2003 (10:27 am)
It's true for all makes and models. And yes, Tacoma and 4Runner shared engine and drivetrain up to 2003.
#749 of 2067 notchy shifting
Apr 21, 2003 (12:27 pm)
I just changed out the original gear oil in my '02 Tacoma 4WD V6 5-speed, using Amsoil 75w-90, and the shifting, which was pretty OK anyway, is smoother.
You may want to try that before giving up all hope.
#750 of 2067 2000 Taco intermittently shutting down (update II)
Apr 22, 2003 (5:33 am)
The third authorized service shop appears to have nailed it. He says that something in the throttle position sensor altered. He didn't have one in stock to replace it with so he elongated the two mounting holes with a round file so he had some adjustment, could twist it and got it back into range.
It has been a quite a learning experience for me as far as what to expect from an authorized service dept. and the factory.
#751 of 2067 uaskd4it
Apr 22, 2003 (11:23 am)
Keep us informed on how it goes with you. I don't really have a noise issue, except sometimes when it occasionally grinds going into 1st at a stoplight (clutch adjustment?). Come to think of it, it hasn't done that in several months.
I like the idea of changing the tranny fluid - I think mine is either overdue (or almost due) for its next change. I know that I had a problem (that went away) before I changed it, and then a different problem since it was changed (by a dealer).
#752 of 2067 Lumbar doesn't work
Apr 29, 2003 (4:54 am)
Got an '03 double cab with power lumbar on driver's seat. It has never worked. Finally had chance to take to dealer. They said it was switch, ordered new one. Installed new switch, still doesn't work. They said it was the actual lumbar mechanism in the seat. Ordered new part.
They had to remove seat, and take it apart to install new part. Still doesn't work. They say now it needs a new switch, had to order another new one. We'll see. In the meantime, when they took the seat apart and reinstalled it, it now squeaks, rattles and the bottom of the seat feels like something is broken. I'm going to request they replace the seat with a new one.
#753 of 2067 lumbar support
Apr 29, 2003 (7:32 am)
Regardless of the seat, it sounds like you have a defective dealer service department.
Apr 29, 2003 (6:49 pm)
My 2003 Tacoma is almost new, and the seat springs sound like a 30 year-old box spring, squeaking like crazy when the temp and humidity are right.
#755 of 2067 Squeaky Seat Springs
Apr 30, 2003 (8:25 am)
I have same problem on 2001 PreRunner DC. Two years old, and squeaky since new. It comes and goes depending, I suppose, on temp and humidity.
Anyone know what can be done? I haven't been able to replicate at dealer.
#756 of 2067 lumbar update
Apr 30, 2003 (9:59 am)
The dealer is having me take the truck to a trim shop and see if they can fix the seat....i'll keep you posted.