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#134 of 302 Blown Transmission
Oct 15, 2009 (5:57 pm)
My 2001 4runner recently blew the transmission. Hose running from radiator to tranny for coolant blew out, sending coolant into transmission. Now I hear it's a common problem around 140,000 miles. No used transmissions available, about $4200 to fix w rebuilt transmission, radiator, labor.
Does this sound right? And anyone else have same problem? I've always been very Toyota loyal, had corolla, celica, and supra, finally 4runner and loved all no big problems. Just don't know if this is worth fixing or should I get new car? Any info appreciated!
#135 of 302 2000 4runner transmission slipping
Oct 17, 2009 (6:56 pm)
My 2000 Toyota 4runner V6 125k miles automatic transmission started slipping on cold starts especially in the morning. After starting up, putting in drive and pressing the gas pedal first gear doesn't immediately engage but slips with no real power reaching the wheels. Then after about 5-10 seconds of slippage in jumps into 1st gear and then seems to shift normally. On the latest cold started slipping, I then manually shifted to 1st, 2nd and then drive after which further automatic shifting was normal. I took it to the Toyota dealer today for a trans fluid flush and change, the fluid was brownish but the mechanic said he's seen worse. So far today no change still slips on cold start. The mechanic said it might help or the transmission might not last 5k miles. He said a remanufactured transmission might run $2500 or a new replacement $4000. Based on this what is your prognosis based on seeing this before. Is this the beginning of the end for this transmission, or could a flush & change fix the transmission problem.
#136 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [shellmm]
Oct 18, 2009 (2:28 pm)
I have a 2000 4runner and have just replaced my transmission because of rust problems inside the tranny. It was a major problem with cooling lines failing and coolant entering the tranny. Toyota covered the problem under waranty but a lot of dealers did not clean up the tranny properly and now they are failling big time.
#137 of 302 Re: 2000 4runner transmission slipping [stevef10]
Oct 25, 2009 (3:08 pm)
I'm having the same problem with my son's 01 prerunner 2WD. I've been working on the problem with a very reputable trans repair shop locally. It seems that the trans is not actually slipping, it's starting off in 4th gear. My son drove the truck for about a month after noticing the problem and it got progressively worse. When I finally took it in to be repaired the torque converter had begun to come apart and had to be preplaced. After the shop put it back together and delivered it to me, it did it again, just intermittenly. I took it back and they replaced all the solinoids (sp). It still did it occasionally. I took it back again and they replaced the computer with a used computer. Still had the same problem. Took it back again and they bypassed the cruise relay. It's still doing it. This problem persists although it only does it every once in a while. I'm taking it back in tomorrow. This problem has us all baffled.My advice is to take your truck in ASAP before you burn up the torque converter. Hope this helps. If you get yours fixed, please let me know.
#138 of 302 Re: 98 4Runner whining during acceleration [outlier]
Oct 31, 2009 (7:55 am)
hi! i got the same problem with my car,did you find it what is wrong?? thank you
#139 of 302 Re: 98 4Runner whining during acceleration [emak]
Nov 02, 2009 (9:34 pm)
Nope, there were no responses to my question. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
#140 of 302 Rear Differential 2006 4 runner
Nov 06, 2009 (12:41 pm)
We have a 2006 4Runner purchased 12/15/05 with less than 78k miles. Just found out our rear differential needs replacing. Not wheel bearings (hoped for this) but the whole rear differential. Confirmed by shop mechanic and dealership. They said not common event at this low mileage.
Toyota corporate is not even offering any good faith toward coverage even though only 17k miles over 60k warranty. We have owned 4 other Toyotas but not consistent buyer so we do not "qualify" as valued customer. Also no dealership convenient so had basic repairs done at local quality shop.
Anyone else have this rear differential problem and "customer service" response from National office? Local dealership from where we bought is helping some but still costing about $2k to repair!!!
#141 of 302 Re: Rear Differential 2006 4 runner [054runnerga]
Nov 10, 2009 (1:33 pm)
You did not specify, but let's say the issue is pinion bearings (not unheard of, especially if you let the gear oil get low, say, due to leaky axle seals).
$2k is absurd. It is because dealerships do less repair every year, instead replacing components. You can't blame them, but you do not have to pay them either.
You have several options. You can find and have installed (or install yourself, it is not *that* hard) a used, junkyard differential from a similar truck. This should run less than a quarter of that.
Don't fear used Toyota parts. My 4Runner has clocked over 200K reliable miles with them and I fully expect to make 500K with proper maintenance.
Another option is to find a *quality* 4x4 specialty shop (there are lots of hack shops; ask for referrals on 4x4 web forums in your area) that works on Toyotas and is familiar with yours. Regearing Toyota 4x4s for larger tires, etc. is commonplace and routine. It involves also replacing differential bearings, including the pinion bearings, so replacing pinion bearings is not a mystery, nor all that expensive.
Let's say you have a broken ring gear for some reason. Your options are the same.
So you really are not SOL. An independent Toyota shop has much more flexibility than a dealer, with used parts or actual repair - and here's a hint: dealership mechanics often do side work out of their own shop, and this could easily be the sort of thing he or she could do at a great discount.
Hope that helps,
#142 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [shellmm]
Nov 20, 2009 (8:48 am)
I had the same problem with my 2001 4runner .The transmission hose blew out a year ago and now this year the Trans went. Well AAMCO wanted to charge me $4200 but I told them no thank you so I went t to a local trans shop which saved me a few bucks...I'm in New Jersey. The dealer charge is $3500 for a remanufactured transmission not including labor. Iím in the process of having the Trans rebuild now with my fingers crossed. please email me at brother8_2000yahoo.com
#143 of 302 Re: Blown Transmission [brother8]
Nov 20, 2009 (11:17 am)
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