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Clunking Transmission at stop

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by StAndrew, Feb 9, 2010.

  1. Feb 9, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    StAndrew

    StAndrew [OP] Wait for it...

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    Title says it all. It clunks sometimes when coming to a stop. Do I need to replace the trany?

    Also on a side note, the "gas tank is open" light wont go off (the gas tank isnt open).
     
  2. Feb 9, 2010 at 5:18 PM
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    1) Check if there is play in the drive shaft
    2) You need a new gas cap
     
  3. Feb 9, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    Do a search on the forum for "axle wrap", it's probably what you're experiencing. That also indicates that your rear leaf springs are worn too.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2010 at 9:19 PM
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    ^x2. Check the little thing's first. :thumbsup:
     
  5. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:24 AM
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    Ok, researched and now Im more confused. There seems to be a lot of over opinionate people on these forums.

    -Frist, what is ALL and TSB (as this seems to be the most common recomended cure)?
    -Second, exactly what is going on that causes the clunk?
    -Thrid, excluding ALL and TSB, what are some temporary/permanent fixes? How much are they and which ones can I do myself (moderate knowledge)?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Feb 10, 2010 at 1:12 PM
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    You mean AAL (add-a-leaf). TSB=technical service bulletin. Axle wrap causes the clunk, google the term if you don't know what it is. The permanent fix would be to get AALs or if you have the money, get new rear leaf packs. 1st gen leaf packs were/are notorious for being weak.
     
  7. Feb 10, 2010 at 2:24 PM
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    Yeah, my leafs have a nice bow it them... in the wrong direction. How much is it to add a leaf (or AAL... stupid acronym if you as me)? Is this a job for a mediocre mechanic or do you need a lift?
     
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  9. Feb 10, 2010 at 3:42 PM
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    Its not self explanatory. But I guess its more my fault. Its just easier to call it a stupid acronym i guess :notsure:.

    Thanks for the help.
     
  10. Feb 10, 2010 at 4:09 PM
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    I am having the same identical problem with my 2004. I also have heard the same things. (axle wrap). My leafs are also like pancakes!! dont know if im gonna do the aal or new leaf pack. new leafs are expensive!!
     
  11. Feb 10, 2010 at 4:19 PM
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    Looking for AAL (unless there is a very cheap leaf spring kit). Any recommendations on a kit that works well and last? Thanks again for the help.

    One quick question: Looks like every AAL kit adds 1-2.5" to the rear. Do I need to lift the front as well?

    Edit: Thanks shitroc, Ill look into it.
     
  13. Feb 10, 2010 at 5:40 PM
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    Spend as much money as possible, like I did :annoyed:

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  14. Feb 10, 2010 at 5:47 PM
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    whoa, how much did u pay for that trac bar if ya dont mind me askin. Hows it workin for ya to?
     
  15. Feb 10, 2010 at 6:51 PM
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    See: http://www.budbuilt.com/new/traction_bars.html

    Sh!t...I don't remember it costing that much!:eek: Anyway, it works, but took some modification on my part (see photo #2 below). I still think AAL is a viable and less costly solution...time will tell.

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    Above: Approx. 3" added to the rear two-arms of the bar, along with another vertical (diagonal) brace. Not sure what Bud was thinking when he Built my bar.

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  16. Feb 10, 2010 at 11:46 PM
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    If you are talking about the transmission TSB that's only for the 2nd gen's not the 1st gen's. And a AAL is simple to install.

    No, you dont have to. But it will look awkward with the rear higher then the front if theres a big diff imo.
     
  17. Feb 11, 2010 at 12:09 AM
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    I have the same problem but do you really need to do all that track back thing or is there something mush easier?
     
  18. Feb 11, 2010 at 5:21 PM
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  19. Feb 11, 2010 at 5:54 PM
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    What's aal?
     
  20. Feb 11, 2010 at 6:05 PM
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