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5 speed transmission problem

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by matissedog, Jun 17, 2012.

  1. Jun 17, 2012 at 4:10 AM
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    matissedog

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    My 2002 4 cyclinder Tacoma has problem of not staying in fourth gear-the shifter willl move to neutral. Truck has 106000 easy miles and has been absolutely bullet proof. No one in my area has had this problem. Anyone having this problem?
     
  2. Jun 17, 2012 at 4:36 AM
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    Steves104x4

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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Sounds like tranny rebuild time. If you do alot of highway driving and leave it in one gear for long periods the heat can kill the gear (ask me how I know)
     
  3. Jun 17, 2012 at 6:38 AM
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    That sounds like typical highway driving?

    Had a Ram-50 slipping out of 5th and took a complete teardown. Can't remember exactly but recall something about a worn detent in the internal shifting mechanism? That sounds more like frequent shifting wearing it out.
     
  4. Jun 17, 2012 at 2:21 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Not if the trans oil had never been replaced and another GOOD reason to change the fluids. You might want to change the rear end oil, too. Happy hunting!
     
  5. Jun 17, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    I would check the shift linkage before tearing it apart. Just check everything and make sure it is tight.
     
  6. Jun 17, 2012 at 2:37 PM
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  7. Jun 20, 2012 at 5:09 AM
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    I found the 4wd shift handle to be not fully in the forward position. Moved it forward maybe 1/16" and problem has not occurred again. Does this make sense?
     

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