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clutch adjustment for smoother shifting?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by TRD03, Mar 8, 2012.

  1. Mar 8, 2012 at 1:00 PM
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    TRD03

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    I own an 03 tacoma 5spd and have been having trouble with smooth shifting when its cold. I recently changed the transmission fluid to some redline oil which is known for improving shifting especially when cold but it didn't do anything. When cold the sycros grab the gearshift coming out of first,bad enough to where I have to pull down hard and going into second I have to throw it in gear hard and fast or double clutch it to make it not grind. My clutch still has a lot of life to it as far as I know. I really baby it. My question is there a way to adjust the clutch to allow for smoother shifting and get the gear sycros better lined? I know you can't adjust the clutch pressure, just the pedal movement. Would that do anything to help my problem? Any advise would be great, thanks in advance.
     
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    Try bleeding the slave cyl.
     
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    Pedal adjustment is just for free play won't change the stroke. Have a look here ^
     
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    But yea, its sounds like your clutch may not be fully disengaging. There are several things that could cause that to happen. Most likely something in your hydraulic circuit, master-lines-slave or it could actually be a clutch component inside the bellhousing that's gone bad.

    Does it grind when going into reverse?
     
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    Maybe you can look from underneath the truck on the driver's side at the end of the throw out bearing fork and see how much it moves while someone pushes in the clutch.

    It would be good if you had another Tacoma to compare the distance to or maybe someone else can provide the measurement.
     
  7. Mar 9, 2012 at 11:15 AM
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    Thanks for all the info and links, this has really got me thinking. I am thinking that the clutch is not fully engaging like a few said, which would explain why it getting caught in 1st and hard to shift to 2nd. I will adjust the pedal and see what happens and look over the other areas mentioned. Thanks again.
     
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