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Acceleration Vibration 2003 Tacoma Reg Cab Auto 4 cyl.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by tacopiper, Aug 9, 2009.

  1. Aug 9, 2009 at 11:31 PM
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    Any help much appreciated...

    I feel a very noticeable vibration momentarily when I accelerate at any speed and mostly at the lower speeds. No vibe unless I'm accelerating. 56k miles on my truck, I am second owner. No other problems to mention...this vibration has me really concerned. Please, advice or tips?

    Many thanks, Sean.
     
  2. Aug 10, 2009 at 9:42 AM
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    where do you feel the vibration at...the steering wheel or in the seat? have you checked the u-joints?
     
  3. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:12 AM
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    I feel it mainly through the floor, on the accel pedal, and in steering. Feels like it's in the trans right underneath me when driving. The vibe only happens when I give it gas to accel. Seems like its at the top end of gears almost. If I accel very gradually I don't feel it as much.

    Thx.
     
  4. Aug 10, 2009 at 10:34 AM
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    Check your u-joints.
     
  5. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:03 AM
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    thx. I just drove the tuck and there is little vibe in steering if any. Feel it mainly in seat and pedal/floor. do you think maybe the u-joints are causing this?
     
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    It's possible, but not likely if you are feeling it in the steering. It could be a balance issue or a bad wheel bearing.

    Balance issue- try rotating your tires and see if the steeering vib goes away.

    Wheel bearing- with the front end jacked up (tires off the ground) grab the top and bottom of the tire. Try to pull the bottom out (towards you) while pushing the top in (towars the motor). Do this back and for to see if you have any play/movement in the tire itself. That will be an indication of a bad wheel bearing.
     
  7. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:41 AM
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    thx. I will check this. much appreciated.
     
  8. Aug 10, 2009 at 11:47 AM
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    Let's us know how you make out.
     
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    not only check your u-joints, you may want to check to see if your driveshaft has gotten out-of-balance.
     
  10. Aug 11, 2009 at 1:02 AM
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    could this vibe be from the clutch? I noticed today that it starts the shudder when it shifts from gear to gear. ?
     
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    With only 56k on the truck I doubt it (depends on your shifting style also). But shuddering starting out sounds like a u-joint.
     
  12. Aug 11, 2009 at 9:28 AM
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    If it's making a kind of ruh - ruh - ruh sound and you can feel it in the floor on the drivers side it's most likely the front diff bearing. Assuming yours is 4WD that's where i'd look. Mines been doing it for a couple of years and the super brains at the dealers tell me it's normal.
     
  14. Aug 11, 2009 at 6:49 PM
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    i am of no further use...i have a prerunner.
     
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