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Help! Vibration in 2nd gear

Discussion in 'Toyota Trucks & SUVs' started by itsme74, Feb 14, 2024.

  1. Feb 14, 2024 at 6:43 PM
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    I have 2011 Tacoma 4 cylinder 2.7 and it’s a straight shift. I don’t know much about motors. My dad always helped me and since he passed I’ve been absolutely LOST without him! Every time I shift into 2nd gear there’s a vibration in the truck and usually clears up when I go into 3rd but not always. It’s like a shudder. I can feel it in the floorboard and the dashboard vibrates. Sometimes it feels like I’ve shifted into 4th but I’m only in 2nd gear. Sometimes I can feel it in 3rd but it’s slight. It clears up by 3rd or 4th gear but I seem to hear a “roar” but I don’t know if you would call it a roar YET. I checked the gear oil and it’s clean and level. Not sure what else to check and I know you guys are pretty knowledgeable and was hoping someone could throw some ideas out to me. Thank you!!
     
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  2. Feb 16, 2024 at 5:31 AM
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    I’m sure someone will have some ideas for you. How many miles on your truck and when this started will be helpful

    Also I think posting this in the 2nd gen section would get more attention then here
     
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  3. Feb 16, 2024 at 6:20 AM
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    It’s roughly got 180k and just started a couple weeks ago. I originally posted this in 2nd gen section but didn’t get any replies. I’m a bit worried because I have to drive out of town every day. Thanks for replying. At least someone noticed. Lol
     
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
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  5. Feb 16, 2024 at 6:36 AM
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    Hi, Steve. That was one thing I forgot to mention. I did take out all the spark plugs and checked them since I changed them just 8 months ago and I think I used Denso but can’t remember. They all looked good as far as I could tell and no cracks or anything. I can post pictures if that would help if I can figure it out. And thank you and sorry about your dad too!
     
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    Here was the dirtiest spark plug. It was the first plug I checked. As I kept going they started looking “cleaner.”

    IMG_4018.jpg
     
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    Pop the #4 coil out (because it’s easiest to get to) and see if the tip is oil covered. If it is wet, slap new gaskets on it and I bet it will run like Jack the Bear. Plug looks ok. Double check the plugs are nice and snug.
     
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  8. Feb 16, 2024 at 6:40 AM
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    Here are the rest of the plugs.

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    I remember looking at the coils and they were dry and as far as I could te they looked okay otherwise but I didn’t get any pictures of those.
     
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    Personally I’d replace the plugs; I don’t trust nuttin. When the truck is idling is the tachometer needle steady or does it bounce a little bit?
     
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  11. Feb 16, 2024 at 6:54 AM
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    I agree and I think it’s worth a try, plugs can look good but doesn’t mean they are
     
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    OP and Steves104x4, I’m really sorry for your losses, I can relate, I lost my dad as a teen but it still feels like not that long ago.
     
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    Yes, needle stays steady. Engine purrs like a kitten. I’ll definitely redo the plugs. I’ll try anything.
     
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    There are probably some dry rotted vacuum hoses to replace, as well. Make sure all the plastic intake tubes are tight and maybe a shot of maf cleaner, too.
     
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  15. Feb 16, 2024 at 11:59 AM
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    I did some more research and most with this problem say it’s either the U joints or drive shaft or both. I sure don’t want to fork out a few hundred to get it fixed. I looked up a video how to replace U joints and it looks easy but I don’t have the tools for it. Plus, I’m a little scared to do something I’ve never done before without supervision. Gonna have to find someone that will help me or stand by while I do it. My mechanic skills are limited to plug changes, oil changes, o2 sensor, and EGR valve and that’s it. Enough to be dangerous. LOL
     
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    I’d do the u joints, for sure. I bet that center bearing is ripe.
     
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