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Clutch Fork Snapped

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Taquito2000, Aug 14, 2019.

  1. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:09 PM
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    Taquito2000

    Taquito2000 [OP] Member

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    Pulled up to a 4-way stop last night, felt a little pop and my clutch pedal hit the floor w/ zero pressure. Got a tow home and swapped out the slave this morning. Bled the slave and still zero pressure, then noticed the slave piston was hitting the clutch fork as a weird angle (not straight), so I took the slave back off and took a closer look at the fork. After removing the rubber boot, realized the clutch fork was completely snapped off and had about 2 inches of play (up/down, not forward/back). This probably means I need a new throw out bearing too (I'm really just talking out of my ass b/c that's just something I just read somewhere online).

    Dropping the transmission to remove bell housing is beyond my front-yard DIY capabilities, so the truck is being towed to the auto shop as I write this. Got a quote of 6 hrs labor + who-knows-what-other-damage once they get the transmission open to inspect the break. Hoping to get out the door under a grand but not betting on it. As for me, it's Modelo time now. Figured I'd share this experience in case anyone else with a high-milage first gen runs into this problem.

    Too long; didn't read -- clutch fork broke off inside transmission. No clutch pressure. Drank a six pack and hired a real mechanic.
     
  2. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:40 PM
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    Haha. It happens often enough. Toyota reengineered the clutch fork around 2001, so you rarely if ever hear it happening on 2001+ trucks. You're going to want to do the clutch & pilot bearing, also resurface the flywheel if the tranny gets dropped.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2019 at 4:46 PM
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    Taquito2000

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    The mechanic is going to check out the rest of the clutch for issues related to the fork break, but I'm hoping I can avoid that as I had my clutch replaced about two years ago and drive it like an old man.
     
  4. Aug 15, 2019 at 1:43 AM
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    Wyoming09

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    In my youth I replaced quite a few clutches in the Yard .

    The down side was losing hardware in the grass .
     
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  5. Aug 15, 2019 at 9:40 AM
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    Man - Same here. I used to have a big magnet to go over the gravel and grass to try and find certain things that I lost. I don't miss rolling around on some gravel and having it stick to you. Those were the learning years for sure!

    OP - You'll find that separating the trans on the 1st gen is somewhat of a nightmare. If you have a friend or know anybody with a lift that's your best bet. I had to use a come-a-long to pull mine apart. Not advised but it was necessary.

    I would think $1000 to $1200 should cover you for a clutch replacement. Once you pull the trans out it's easy to access the shift fork. Good luck!
     
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