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#10 of 62 Re: Sequoia Auto Transmission Shifting Problem [kkritch]
Aug 15, 2007 (4:18 am)
Yeh...My 2001 Sequoia broken down in Manchester NH returning to NY. It turned out that the whole transmission was trashed. I had to wait in hotel for 4 days to get a new transmission from Toyota. The car only has 43,000 miles. The problem started about 1 1/2 years ago - it was difficult to shift gears and it had to be pressed. There were times when driving on highway the gear would not kick in to the next higher one although the car is automatic transmission.
Anyhow, the Russell Auto in Manchester fixed my car and I got to tell you they are bunch wonderful people and very experience in transmission. The mechanic told me that it was a small piece of metal broke down inside the transmission and over the last year and half it messed up the transmission! The mechanic said the metal is inside the case and it's impossible to detect without taking out the entire transmission. I had the car checked before and no one was able to tell me the problem. In fact, we were driving it for over a year and half!
I contacted TOYOTA and guess what they said to me...Sorry it's out of warranty! I am fuming. It cost me $3,600 and another $1,000 in hotel and rental car. I have 5 Toyota cars in the last 25 years and it really made me sick!
Best luck on your car.
#11 of 62 Transmission Problem
Sep 05, 2007 (10:24 am)
Last November the transmission in my 2002 Sequoia totally quit. I had been experiencing a kind of jerky thudding sound from time to time but never get the Toyota dealer to experience it himself. Well, they towed the Sequoia into the dealership and the next day I was told that they have some bad news and some good news.....
Bad news was the transmission was shot but the good news was that Toyota was going to install a new transmission at no cost to me whatsoever. Pretty amazing given that the truck was out of warranty. Still with only 60K miles on it I'd expect a lot better life.
Toyota must know more about these transmissions and their problems if they are willing to replace them, free!
Otherwise, my truck has been fabulous for over 5 years.
By the way, it's a TRD Sequoia, supercharged with all the TRD goodies.
Hope that this may help others with sick transmissions.
#12 of 62 Re: Transmission Problem [jonswilson]
Sep 05, 2007 (11:55 am)
My is 2001 Sequoia. They told me the warranty is 5years or 50,000 miles. I had to pay out of my pocket!!! Is that the case? Thanks for info.
#13 of 62 Re: Transmission Problem [jonswilson]
Jan 04, 2008 (10:02 pm)
The same thing happed to my 2001 4WD Sequoia. Info will be appreciated. Thanks
#14 of 62 Re: Sequoia Auto Transmission Shifting Problem [kkritch]
Jan 15, 2008 (9:53 pm)
What you described in you e-mail is exactly what is happening to our Sequoia. Except, the hardware under the steering column cover actually broke. Did you ever find out if parts can be ordered to fix this or am I stuck having to have the whole column replaced.
I appreciate your response!
#15 of 62 Re: Sequoia transmission jerking [drfill]
Mar 05, 2008 (10:26 am)
We are on our second sequoia. both had the same problem. short story, it's your transmission.
ours started with the lurch at stop lights etc. we also were told it was our air conditioner! the problem continued to get worse. it proceeded to a roaring when we were about 65mph, and the transmission started slipping then slamming into gear.
we had to have to the transmission replaced in the first one. when the same problem started to happen on the second sequoia, we took it to freeman toyota in hurst, tx. the service manager knew exactly what it was. i cannot remember the part, but they replaced ours and we have been fine since.
#17 of 62 Re: Sequoia transmission issues & failure $$$$$$
Apr 07, 2008 (10:35 am)
we just bought our used Sequoia, great vehicale, roomy powerfull etc...
driving down I75 pulling a yard trailer (low weight, just kids bikes) the tranny total died and rolled over to the shoulder on a very busy spring break vacation >>> of course it's raining like crazy so we waited outside for the wrecker to take us to toyota, nice poeple but hey for 3600 bucks they should be nice
I am going with the toyota tranny as opposed to the AAmco one, my guess is that there is some value in them doing it going forward
anyone have any thoughts??
#18 of 62 Re: Sequoia transmission jerking [sk1128]
Apr 07, 2008 (3:20 pm)
This is normal for many SUVs and PICK UPs with two piece splined drive shafts verses the one piece splined to the transmission.
When there is hard braking the front of the vehicle goes down and the rear goes up. This action stretches the drive line causes the rear shaft to slide out of the front shaft according to design. When the brake is released this causes the shafts to contract,sliding back into place. This sometimes causes it to go beyond the normal contact area upon the rust spot.
To remedy that we would use emery cloth/sand paper to clean the area and apply some grease. So when I feel it when driving my 03 I just ignore it not a problem.
#19 of 62 Re: Sequoia transmission jerking [gillyhb]
Apr 07, 2008 (8:54 pm)
Thanks for the explanation. My 07 4x4 does the same thing. It seemed to get worse the further I got from the prior dealer service. Once I have it serviced, it goes away. It does sound like a lubrication issue.