I recently bought a 2012 Tacoma standard cab 4x4 with the 4-speed auto and the 2.7 litre 4-cylinder engine. The truck now has 31,000 miles on the odometer. It has an aftermarket alarm system and cruise control installed.
I consistently get a "thump" or "clunk" from the driveline when I release the brakes after a stop. From what I have read online, this "clunk" is either spring wrap or a poorly lubed slip-joint spline on the driveshaft, or, possibly, both.
If it is spring wrap, I guess I can live with it.
If it is a poorly lubed slip joint spline, however, I would like to deal with it. But, the slip joint does not have a grease fitting; it seems to be a "permanently" lubed, sealed joint. Is there any reasonably easy way to lube the slip-joint-splines on this vehicle? Or, are there any dealer "fixes" for the problem I should know about since the rig is still under warrantee?