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'97 4 X 4 AUTO SHIFTER BUTTON STICKS!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TIPICOTACO, Dec 2, 2010.

  1. Dec 2, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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    TIPICOTACO

    TIPICOTACO [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just bought a '97 4 x 4 and I'm having a problem with the auto shifter button. It takes several tries to press the button down and shift into gear. I havn't found a pattern yet in getting it to work (sometimes first try, sometimes 10!!):frusty:

    Has anyone encountered this problem?? any ideas how to fix it??

    Thanks
     
  2. Dec 2, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    90YotaPU

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    Welcome to TW from a fellow NJ'er. I had that problem once on my '99. The dealer fixed it under warranty. The only thing I would recommend is climb under the truck and check the linkage. May need to be greased.
     
  3. Dec 2, 2010 at 1:25 PM
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    TIPICOTACO

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    thanks for the response.. now I need to figure out what and where the linkage is :confused:.. will it be easy to find using my manual as a guide?? or do I need a pro? I'm seriously a huge nOOb here!

    I feel like it is more like something right in the shifter/stick itself, maybe a misaligned button or something but I can't figure out how to take it apart to have a look inside. Any help on that?
     
  4. Dec 2, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    90YotaPU

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    I'm not sure how easy it will be to see. To be honest I don't recall ever looking at it on my old '99. One thing I thought of is maybe the shift interlock isn't working. In other words, maybe it's not recognizing that you're pushing the brake to shift from Park. One easy way to check that is there should be a small place to stick a flat head screw driver in near the gear shift. That'll override the shift interlock. Unfortunately my '10 Taco is a 5 speed so I can't look at it to help you out. Where in NJ are you?
     
  5. Dec 9, 2010 at 7:32 AM
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    TIPICOTACO

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    HOLY HELL!! YOU JUST MADE MY DAY!!!

    I stuck the flat-head in there and it worked like a charm! Do I have to do this everytime? or can I stick something in there permenantly? If I do that will it screw anything up?? THankyou Thankyou Thankyou
     
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