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hard shift when stopping...

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by MTgirl, Sep 29, 2009.

  1. Sep 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM
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    MTgirl

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    My '99 Toy has developed a disturbing lurching right before coming to a complete stop - say at a traffic light. It feels similar to popping the clutch. Problem is its an automatic. It does the same thing hot or cold and in any gear. I had the transmission flushed at 30k and fluid is still clear and full and brakes are good. Everything is stock on the truck - V6, 3.4L, 4WD - and its only got 37,000 miles (no, not a typo!). My driving is roughly 60/40 split of off-road w/4WD and highway miles.

    No other complaints or problems.
    Can anyone shed some light on this? No one I've talked to can come up with a cause. I don't want to let this go if it could lead to something major (as in expensive) to fix.
     
  2. Sep 29, 2009 at 10:00 PM
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    Tacoguy

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    I think what you might be feeling is axle wrap???

    I am not completely sure but it sounds like what is happening with mine. I also need to figure out how to fix the issue.
     
  3. Sep 29, 2009 at 10:03 PM
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    chris4x4

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    Sounds like axel wrap. Some people have greased up the slip joint on the drive shaft, and had that remady the issue, while others have added an AAL to fix it. The axel wrap tends to get worse as the springs sag with age, and loose their spring rate.
     
  4. Oct 1, 2009 at 5:50 AM
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    I wonder if this is the same thing I have going on....only happens when starting off from a stop or stopping, but not every time....

    it's just a slight shift in the truck, but not a severe jerk....

    so, how can you confirm it's axle wrap???
     
  5. Oct 1, 2009 at 6:39 AM
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    I'm gonna try lubing the zerks on the driveshaft slip joint and see if that takes care of it......
     
  6. Oct 3, 2009 at 7:00 AM
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    working on the drive shaft later today...hoping that solves it because i really dont want to lift the truck!
    i will report back soon as to any improvement.
     
  7. Oct 4, 2009 at 11:45 AM
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    lve2xlr8_mph

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    does it make the noise when u are stopping or when u release the brake, if it does it when u release the brake it would be the brakes releasing.
     
  8. Oct 5, 2009 at 7:14 AM
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    injected lube in the slip yoke joint , and problem went away!
     
  9. Oct 22, 2009 at 9:37 PM
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    MTgirl

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    i've put about 800 miles on since working on the driveshaft and the lurching seems to have gone away. (yeah!) just glad it wasnt something expensive. i can still feel it rise and settle when stopping/starting so i can see what you mean by saying the leaf springs are aging - i guess thats the down side of driving a non-trd offroad most of the time. it doesnt bother me at all but i will probably look into changing them out soon in hopes of getting a smoother ride.
     
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