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Old 11-11-2011, 03:25 PM   #1
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Strange bogging down in 4th-5th gear

Latley my truck has been lugging and bogging down when driving in 4th or 5th gear on a flat road. It is a 5-speed. It is starting to piss me off. I have a fairly new clutch and the truck is maintained well. I'm not sure what the cause is. Sometimes it feels like it shifts hard and the clutch sometimes feels a little rough. I don't drive my truck like it's a POS either. I am probably the most grandpa-like 24 year old there is.

The other night I was on my way home from working at OHSU (35 mile drive) and it started a few miles from my house. I was driving 60 mph in 5th on a flat stretch and it felt like the clutch started slipping and no matter how much gas I gave it, it would continue to bog down. Even when I down-shifted, 4th gear did the same thing. When I got it home, it smelled like something was very hot. It didn't smell like clutch smell. There seems to be a slight vibration in the floor. It doesn't feel like a drive shaft vibration.

In addition, and this is weird, I have a very tight new front end on that truck but when I am driving, it feels like it is wondering. However, the steering is exceptionally tight. There is no play at all. I have 31x10.50 new tires and a new steering rack with all new bushings and tie-rods, ball joints etc. The entire front end is new.

Here is the weird thing. I thought I was crazy because when I would press on the clutch when driving, the truck would wonder! I thought it was just from me moving the steering wheel when I shifted my body around. I also noticed that the truck pulls to the right when I accelerate and it pulls to the left when I let off on the throttle.

I want to fix this problem but I have no idea as to what the cause may be. I was thinking axle wrap ( it has new springs, gas shocks etc) or it could be the clutch or one of the bearings in the transmission. Could it be a bad wheel bearing in the rear or the rear differential?
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Old 11-11-2011, 03:30 PM   #2
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Whoa you have some weird stuff going on. Dont know about the bogging but I would say the wandering could just be a bad alignment. Did they show you the print out after alignment was done with all the new parts?
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it sounds like you are in 4wd/stuck in 4wd....
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Yeah they were very impressed with the ability to achieve full caster on a tacoma.

Left:
Camber 0.2 (-0.3-0.7)
Caster 2.5 (1.5-2.5)
Toe 0.05 (-0.03-0.13)
SAI 10.3 (9.8-11.3)
Included angle 10.5 (9.5-12.0)

Right:
Camber 0.1
Caster 2.5
Toe 0.05
SAI 10.5
Included angle 10.6

Cross camber 0.1
Cross Caster -0.2
Total toe 0.10

Rear left camber: -0.4
Toe 0.12

Rear Right camber: 0.0
Toe 0.04

Rear total toe 0.15
Thrust angle 0.04
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it sounds like you are in 4wd....
And yet I am not! Crazy stuff. I have no freaking idea. It has manual hubs that are free and it is in 2H.
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