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Toyota 4Runner, Transmission, SUV
#261 of 302 Re: 2009 Toyota 4 Runner transmission problem [mitch903]
Jul 01, 2011 (7:49 pm)
I had the same problem with my 05 4Runner. It was something very simple and cheap. A good friend of mine, a mechanic in NY, told me to buy a bottle of "Limited Slip" transmission additive. There are several types on the market. I put about 4 ounces in the tranny, and the transmission shudder stopped immediately! I had changed out the tranny fluid with the "WS" type 3 times, and it did nothing. This additive worked great. The three Toyota dealerships I brought it to had no idea what was causing it. My friend explained the reason the tranny would do this... acting similar to the way a clutch works. Apparantly, the fluid had lost its viscocity, and just this little bit of additive worked great. First, I would drain the fluid and refill with "WS" type fluid to restore some of the viscocity, and while that service is being performed, just add the additive with it. The tranny holds a lot more than what comes out. Only about 4 quarts will empty out from the drain plug, the rest stays in the tranny. So you never actually drain all of the fluid. Therefore it would take multiple servicings to change out all 12-14 quarts in the unit. So just get a special size socket to undue the fill port, and add the additive yourself if you are mechanically inclined. If you search on line, you'll find some pdf documents with photos of the fill port. The bolt says "WS" on it, so you'll know you have the correct bolt. You may need to buy a pump unit to pump the additive into the tranny. You can get these at Wal-Mart or any auto store. They are the same thing as your dish soap dispenser in operation, just built to pump much heavier fluid. If you are adding only a 4 ounce bottle, don't worry about it affecting the tranny. It dillutes into the 12-14 quarts but adds the grip that the tranny clutch plates need.
Hope this helps. It worked for me. I had about 145K on mine when it started happening. It was like I was driving over a rumble strip under light acceleration between 2-3, 3-4, 4-OD. I've put about 10K on the vehicle since, with no rumbling at all. Simple $5.00 fix. One dealer told me I neede a new Transmission! lol Of course he did.
Again, hope this helps.
#262 of 302 Re: DFriz [dfriz]
Jul 02, 2011 (10:52 am)
It sound Like it was put in to park while the vehicle was still rolling and broke the park pin. That broken pin probably wasted the tranny when they tried to drive it. Your call on Used, Re-manufactured, or trying to get it rebuilt. It usually cost 150 bucks just for them to open it up to see if it can be rebuilt.
#263 of 302 Re: DFriz [dfriz]
Jul 02, 2011 (11:08 am)
Oh make sure its not just the linkage first. I'd hate to see someone buying a trans and have it be the shifter. Have someone move the shifter Back and forth (With the parking break set) while someone is underneath looking to see if the shifter is moving the lever on the trans. It could be stuck in Neutral with a broken shifter. Then again it could be the transfer case. Make sure the Its not just the 4x4 lever just got kicked into neutral.
Jul 23, 2011 (9:36 pm)
my 92 4 runner can't decide if it needs to be in drive or OD first it wont shift into OD then it keeps shifting between drive and OD all other gears seam to shift fine and tranny isent sliping just wont pic a gear whats up?
Aug 07, 2011 (2:13 pm)
when I put my 4runner in reverse it feels like its in neutral. I checked the tranny fluid and it looks too full. Can this be as bad as too low? The truck has 244,000 miles on it.
#266 of 302 Re: 2009 Toyota 4 Runner transmission problem [c130bum]
Aug 09, 2011 (5:38 pm)
I have a 2006 4runner 4.7 8 cylinder engine, 125,000 miles. I starting to get a high pitch whining noise on acceleration. Will fluids help my problem? I really need the advice please, I don't have 4,000 dollars for a new transmission.
#267 of 302 Re: 2009 Toyota 4 Runner transmission problem [c130bum]
Aug 09, 2011 (5:43 pm)
I'm sorry I forgot to ask, do you have exact Web sites that I can find help on how to add fluids to my transmission, and info on sensors and other things for this closed automatic transmission? I have to drive 50 to a 100 miles a day and it's my only car.
#268 of 302 2005 4runner V-8 sports edition - getting in gear
Sep 08, 2011 (6:03 am)
My 4runner has been perfect until lately. I try to put the car in drive and it does not seem to go into gear. Sometimes when I am driving it I will push on the gas and only rev the engine instead of accelerating. Does anyone know what the problem is or has had the unfortunante experience. It happened a few months ago and then stopped. Now it has started and seems to be worse.
Sep 09, 2011 (7:45 pm)
My 09 4-Runner Sport Edition has the same transmission problem that apparently a lot of us are having. I back out of a parking space, put it in drive and rev the engine and it goes nowhere for several seconds until it lunges forward with a jerk! If it doesn't do that, the traction control kicks in on perfectly dry pavement with vehicle sitting still and still goes nowhere. The ABS when engaged also acts a little strange. I bought it in Jan and had it at the dealership in Feb. Have had it there two more times since. First 2 times, they could not find anything wrong of course. The third time, I told them to keep it for a week and not to give it back until they got it to act up and FIX it. I also told them I didn't trust the computer to alert me or them with any codes whatsoever. They told me that all 3 issues were related. When I picked it up a week later, they said Toyota told them to download new software in the computer and they will leave the ticket open to wait to hear from me. Said if that didn't work they would replace the computer. It has now been 3 weeks and at first I could tell a definate improvement but has gradually gotten back to it's old tricks. I called today and had them check with Toyota to get the computer ordered. They told me to bring it in Mon and that they couldn't order it yet. Toyota wants them to get it back in and see if they can get it to act up. I told them they could have it for 2 days. If they don't replace computer, I am going to trade it. They know they have a problem and should stand behind their warranty!
#270 of 302 Re: 09 Transmission Lag [roadrunner73]
Sep 09, 2011 (9:09 pm)
You're wasting your time. My 09 4-runner does the same thing. They all do it! Also, when trying to merge it hesitates when you accelerate and starts searching for the next gear - much like a standard transmission would do with a bad clutch. It revs to around 3500rpm but goes NOWHERE! The dealer reset the computer and she ran perfectly for 2 weeks and then went back to the way it was. It's a dangerous machine when the computer tells you when you can accelerate and when you can't however Transport Canada Safety Division don't think so.
I went as far as I could go with Toyota Canada and I took them to arbitration. I had a board of 3 Toyota Canada reps and an arbitrator. After 60 minutes he decided that the truck was running as it should and sided with Toyota. That's as far as I can go with it. Just waiting for the esp warranty to expire so I can get rid of it. Piece of junk! I would have been better off buying 2 Kia's for $47,000.00 that I paid, at least they can accelerate when you want them to!
BTW: I told the Toyota Canada rep that the internet is FULL of people having the same problem and that he should investigate. He told me that he's not wasting his time following up concerns on the internet. So, there you go. If you can trade it now you should, if you don't you're just wasting your time. I'll never buy another one and I've had 4 of them, brand new off the showroom floor. Never again!