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#59 of 68 Vibrating Tacoma
Jun 04, 2008 (4:25 pm)
My 2008 Access Cab 4 cyl, 4 speed auto has a very noticeable vibration when in gear, while at idle and under way. When in neutral it is quite smooth. The truck has 4500 miles on it and has been back to the dealer twice. I am told it is a characteristic of the truck. Anyone else with this problem?
#60 of 68 Re: 2008 tacoma rapid take off [sdtacoma2]
Dec 22, 2008 (6:31 am)
I purchased an 08 Tacoma in October and just recently experienced the same surge issue. I was on my way to work when I slowed to pass a construction crew. When I hit the accelerator, after passing the crew, the truck took off on me and I ended up in a rollover crash. Fortunately no one was injured and the truck sustained minor damage. The interesting thing about the whole accident was even after I rolled over the truck was still accelerating. I had to kick the gear shift into park to get it to stop accelerating. I have since filed a claim with the NHTSA.
#61 of 68 Re: Tire Noise [tacojim]
Dec 28, 2008 (9:20 pm)
Your message is dated March 2008 so don't know if you will see this. But I was really annoyed with the wind noise in my new Tacoma quad cab. When I took in for first oil change, drove three other of the same model and the exact problem in all, two much worse than mine. Forced myself to block it out and now don't notice it...but it's still there! Also a periodic rattle in the dash from day one. That REALLY drives me batty. Yet drove my sons new Lexus GX470 and it has the same problems, only worse. Have owned a Toyota truck since 1980 and never had a noise prob of any kind when they were brand new vehicles. Love this Tacoma quad just the same.
Jan 30, 2009 (11:07 am)
I am hoping that someone on here can help me out with this question. I just bought my 2008 Toyota about a month ago...best vehicle I've had ever! I love it!
Ok so there are these two square plastic holder things that are screwed into the back seats, what are those things called?? I have accidentally damaged them and I want to replace them but I don't know what they are called so I can look for them and I don't know where to look.....
I have an access cab with the little flip seats. Can anyone help?
Dec 25, 2009 (6:44 pm)
I changed my oil at 3500 miles and noticed the oil filter was easy to get to but it was upside down. It took me 2 hours to change the oil because I was careful not to let too much oil out into cup and soaked it out with a paper towel. The next oil change I let the Toyota dealer do the oil change and I asked the maintenance advisor how they changed the oil in the new Tacoma's without getting oil all over the place and he said they just let it loose and then clean it of with solvent when they are done???? Now Come on Toyota you can do better than this crap. Please someone tell me that there is a trick to this.
#65 of 68 Re: Oil Change Mess [hackattack5]
Jun 14, 2010 (3:45 pm)
I have a 2008 tacoma and when changing the oil filter i have found cutting a 20 oz. bottle in half and holding under the drain seems to work pretty well.
#66 of 68 Re: My Surging Issue experiement [ecotrklvr]
Jun 23, 2010 (7:39 am)
A few important points...
Your Tacome is RWD so it is quite easy for the front brakes, PRIMARY, most robust, braking resource, against the engine TORQUEING up the rear. Your expereince in holding the Tacoma "still" might not hold true for a FWD vehicle.
Braking ANY car to a full stop against WOT engine HP/torque AND inertia/momentum due to 60 mph plus speeds is an entirely different matter than holding the vehicle "stopped" when you begin motionless with inerta operating in your favor.
#67 of 68 Re: Vibrating Tacoma [desmo29]
Mar 01, 2011 (6:29 pm)
Oh yes.. I have it and the dealer changed the engine mount which was covered under a TSB then another dealer changed the propeller shaft( rear drive shaft) and it was much better but I still have vibration when I apply the brakes at idle in park/ drive /any old time. I am moving forward with asking Toyota to look at the truck and evaluate it because I believe it is sub standard/ low quality and how it ever made it to the dealer for sale is beyond me. This thing has so many issues... some of which have been addressed and partially solved like the vibration but really its a 2008... how many hours is a new truck owner expected to spend at the garage. for kickers ..here's something that will make you smile: the other morning I start it up and shift to drive then shift to reverse back to drive and put to 4x4 because of snow- the thing wouldn't move. Long story short- the shifter cable (transmission to shifter) had popped out and Toyota will not admit its a defect- paid 110$ to get it reattached-they paid the towing. Looks like its going to be a long battle but I am asking them to take back the truck and give back the money!
#68 of 68 Re: Vibrating Tacoma [lazlo2]
Mar 02, 2011 (6:14 am)
Any time you apply the brakes your automatic transmission's lockup clutch will UNLOCK, ALWAYS. That puts the torque converter in the drive "loop" so that might be a good place to start looking given your symptoms.
Putting the torque converter in the drive system is also effectively a "downshift" which might result in an engine "loping" at idle when stopped due to the "extra" engine load, loading.
Hmmm...."apply the brakes"...."vibration"...
Brake booster vacuum leak..?