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2020 Tacoma driveline vibration

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Ucf120, Jan 2, 2020.

  1. Jan 2, 2020 at 4:25 PM
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    Ucf120

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    Sorry for my first post here already griping about my new Truck, but with my previous cars, the forums have always been a great place for answers so here I go.

    Just purchased a 2020 SR5 4x2. Love it and did a lot of research prior to purchase. This is my first truck and bought it as a daily that can pull my s2000 around when I need to..However, only a couple days after buying it, I started to feel this steering wheel shake around 20-25mph on deceleration. Never read about this prior to purchasing but of course after purchasing and feeling this vibration, I see a lot of Tacoma buyers feel this and it’s a known issue.

    I’ve read a whole bunch of threads and even took the truck back to dealer. The dealer said it’s a normal characteristic of the truck and let me drive another 2020 on the lot. It did it also but to a lesser extent than mine does. The TSB for the rear leaf springs seem to cover the 16 and 17’s but nothing for my year. It’s a huge annoyance especially on a new truck.

    My Truck is stock and not lifted at all. Has anyone found a fix for this? I don’t think it’s coming from the rear end at all also feels more like an issue in the front of the car somewhere. I read something about a needle bearing in the front but that looks like a 4x4 issue

    Sorry for the long winded post but any help or guidance in the right direction is greatly appreciate
     
  2. Jan 2, 2020 at 4:27 PM
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    Bishop84

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    It's probably normal, it's a truck they behave differently.
     
  3. Jan 2, 2020 at 4:36 PM
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    I heard that a lot also. Just doesn’t seem right that the car vibrates while decelerating. Seems like some tolerances are off somewhere.
     
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    It may not be a Driveline vibration if you are feeling the steering wheel shaking. Maybe start with the basics and check the tire pressure and do a rotation.
     
  5. Jan 2, 2020 at 4:45 PM
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    I don’t feel like it’s that simply because i only feel it on deceleration at 20-25 mph. Tire pressure is solid around 31psi. If it was an out of balance tire I feel like I wild feel it around highway speeds and it’s smooth on the highway
     
  6. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:32 AM
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    I just purchased a 2020 SR5 4WD and noticed the drive line vibration in deceleration between 35 -10 mph. I took it in to the dealer and got pretty much the same story (1) it’s a truck - they behave differently (duh, no kidding!) (2) the technician found no error codes (3) said they compared it against another truck on the lot and saw no differences on the test drive.

    I have driven trucks for a number of years and clearly they don’t exhibit this issue. That being said, I guess I will keep and eye on it and learn to deal with the minor annoyance. Keeping my fingers crossed that Toyota owns up to the problem and comes up with a fix.

    #shouldaboughtacolorado
     
  7. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:39 AM
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    Are your vibes in the front or rear?
     
  8. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:45 AM
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    Definitely not the front. It’s hard to describe, it it feels like a vibration directly under me. I even took it out on a flat straight road and let the truck decelerate from 35 to dead stop without applying the brakes. The vibration show up just under 35 mph and disappears below 10-15 mph.
     
  9. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:48 AM
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    That is pretty common and there is a TSB for previous year models. The TSB has not been updated to include the 2020s but the fix can be done. I recently had my rear drums replaced on my 2020 to fix the same problem. Just have a good conversation with your service manager.
     
  10. Jan 14, 2020 at 7:49 AM
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    A very well known issue with the 3rd gens. There's a huge thread on here which discusses it.

    Bottom line, there is no known resolution. Many have had their rear drums replaced, refinished, axles replaced, pinion angles checked... none of these seem to fix the issue permanently.

    A bed mat does seem to dampen the vibes a bit.
     
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