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Automatic Transmission Issue

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by XC4ME, Feb 17, 2012.

  1. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:27 PM
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    XC4ME

    XC4ME [OP] Well-Known Member

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    While accelerating slowly in traffic, my truck will shudder (like driving over railroad tracks) when it shifts from 3rd to 4th and 4th to 5th between 30 to 40 mph. If I accelerate normally or swiftly it seems to shift fine.

    It’s a 2005 DCSB Prerunner still on the original fluid and has 103,000 miles on it. Could it be I just need a fluid flush?

    Thanks
     
  2. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:30 PM
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    Syncros

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    Had mine flushed at around the same mileage, made a lot of difference.
     
  3. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I'm putting my $ on the driveshaft carrier bearing. Get underneath and grab the driveshaft and push and pull it side to side; there should be very little to no play. [​IMG]
     
  4. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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    I'd start with tranny flush
     
  5. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:41 PM
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    XC4ME

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    Thanks Steve I will check that out. Thanks for the pic too! :)
     
  6. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:45 PM
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    Yes, I think no matter what, I will get the flush. :thumbsup:
     
  7. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:46 PM
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    When mine "went" on my old truck, the driveshaft would sway like 5 inches either way; I can't beleive the thing didn't fly off. Good luck. Cheers. Steve
     
  8. Feb 18, 2012 at 11:53 AM
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    Ok, I checked the carrier bearing and I can move the driveshaft up and down at least an inch and side to side a little less. I take it this is too much play?
     
  9. Feb 18, 2012 at 1:50 PM
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    Shudder during a shift usually means the friction modifier in the tranny fluid isn't working anymore. Time for a fluid change.
     
  10. Feb 18, 2012 at 2:42 PM
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    OP, sounds more like a driveshaft problem than a transmission problem.
     
  11. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:20 PM
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    Well took it down to the dealer today. Thier senior Tech said the carrier bearing was fine and the tranny fluid didn't look bad for the miles. He thinks it's torque converter shudder. He cleared the computer and told me to see how it runs and let him know tomorrow. If I still have the issue, new converter I guess.
     
  12. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:35 PM
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    I recommend the fluid change. Its $189, my shift quality is much better.

    My mileage was similar when I had it done, I had a shudder on up shifts, especially 1-2, and 4-5. Its much better now, well worth it!
     
  13. Feb 21, 2012 at 7:03 AM
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    It is torque converter shudder. Mine does it too, especially going up a hill. I changed my fluid myself which only gets 3 quarts of the 11 total quarts and it went away completely for a week. Now it is back but not as bad. My next move is to bite the bullet and get it flushed for a complete fluid change.
     
  14. Feb 21, 2012 at 7:55 AM
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    I think at 100k miles they recommend a flush and fluid change, go do it, bet it will help!
     
  15. Feb 24, 2012 at 8:57 PM
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    Had the dealer do a flush today, $199 plus tax. Didn't notice the problem on the way home but, I only live 15 minutes away. We'll see what happens after I drive it around a bit tomorrow. Be nice if thats all it was.
     
  16. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:00 PM
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    What dealer did you go to? The ones near me keep quoting 350 to 450 bucks for a flush!
     
  17. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:28 PM
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    Hi Chris, Avondale Toyota. Thier regular price is $239 but, the service guy I see there (CeJay) gave me a break. They seem to be pretty straight up for a dealership.
     
  18. Feb 24, 2012 at 9:34 PM
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    Same thing I had at 100,000 miles got it flushed and perfect now no issues put the top stuff in this time
     
  19. Feb 25, 2012 at 6:58 AM
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    My friend, who is a service tech "mechanic" at Toyota recommends flush at 60k
     
  20. Feb 25, 2012 at 7:00 AM
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    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Good to know! And that was for a Flush, right?
     
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