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Floppy and loose shifter!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Bamahoyt, Apr 27, 2012.

  1. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:11 PM
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    Bamahoyt

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    The shifter on my 96 auto 4x4 is really loose and does not lock in Place very well and I was wondering if I can pull that center console and replace a bushing or something to get it firm and to lock in place well. Just kind of wobbles around and it's starting to bug me. Any help would be great!
     
  2. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:19 PM
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    Can they be replaced easily?
     
  3. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:22 PM
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    Well I will tell you that it is moving more than normal
     
  4. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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    floppy and loose? does it smell like badussy?
     
  5. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:31 PM
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    I had the same problem on my taco what I did was grease the driveshaft and tightened all the bolts on the tranny underneath and as well as in the cab. I took out the center console and the cover from the automatic shifter and tightened all the bolts, made a huge difference in the sloppiness. :)
     
  6. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:34 PM
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    Thats what she said. lol
     
  7. Apr 27, 2012 at 2:39 PM
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    Great love when someone's asking for help turns into a pool of everyones perverted comments. Let's keep it on topic
     
  8. Apr 27, 2012 at 4:42 PM
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  10. Apr 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM
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    Thanks for the help. Only one problem, I have a automatic trans and those are all for manuals
     
  11. Apr 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM
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    Sorry... overlooked that in your OP

    I'd just take the trim off and start diagnosing it yourself and see what you come up with.

    Good luck
     
  12. Apr 28, 2012 at 3:43 AM
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    sorry, must be age that is getting me! I did not see that either....

    http://www.yotatech.com/f2/sloppy-automatic-shifter-161958/

    let me know is this is some help.

    let me tell you since up here we have had a "global warming spring" (and I love it) I have been under and in my truck scrubbing by hand and changing all the fluids, (the rear diff. looked like someone peed in a jar with a black crayon) the bolt looked ok, but shit, it is so easy to do this stuff on a 4x4 I just cannot believe people let stuff like this go. I have YET had to jack this truck up to do anything like this. I ran it up on a set of suv rhino ramps just to get all out of the diff. but it makes one hell of a difference.
    good luck, post if you need any help.
     
  13. Apr 28, 2012 at 1:26 PM
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    I'm pretty sure it's completely normal. There have been many threads regarding this issue. My auto shifter is the same way. It bounces around all over the place. One time it shifted into neutral :eek: But that was on terrible dirt road and I was going 50mph instead of 5...:eek:
     
  14. Apr 28, 2012 at 2:40 PM
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    If there's a lot of side to side movement it's most likely a bad bushing. There's two blue bushings that are used in Toyota automatic shifter's, they like to disintegrate over time. Most dealers stock them and if I remember right they were only a few bucks.

    You do have to remove the whole shifter to get to them, at least I did in my 4runner. I also had trouble disconnecting the wiring to the over-drive button. It was easier just to cut the wire's and solder them back together when I re-installed the shifter. The dealer even gave me a diagram, made the job easy, but a little time consuming.

    Guy,
     
  15. Apr 28, 2012 at 6:12 PM
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    I don't want to drag is on, and waste your time, but since we both have 1996's I would check on the bushing. Now while I have never had a auto, I have driven plenty of them, and lots of miles, but it shouldn't be loose. before they passed away, my grandparents had a 96 camry, v6 and I remember the the shifter was very solid. And that car would fly.:D
     
  16. Apr 28, 2012 at 6:27 PM
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  17. Apr 30, 2012 at 11:25 AM
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    Well I tore into my truck yesterday and all the play was I the linkages before anything got close to be transmission. I added a spacer for my side to side play and there is now no play side to side but looks like a bushing in another linkage needs replaced prety bad so it still goes front and back a good bit. It is much better now and I never had to take the shifter and boot off the trans. Just had the pull the cover and add some homemade bushings
     
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