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Questions from a noob

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ffirg, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Jun 23, 2011 at 1:33 AM
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    ffirg

    ffirg [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I just picked up a 2002 doublecab last week and I have a couple questions.

    Is it normal for the shifter to move back and forth like crazy when driving? It looks like it will shift into the neutral position if I hit a big enough bump. And the other question is about a clunk I feel/hear when going over bumps, mainly off-road. It feels like its coming from right beneath my feet. Any idea of what that could be? Thank you for any help!
     
  2. Jun 23, 2011 at 2:36 AM
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    Sounds like you have a broken motor or tranny mount. You should get it checked and replaced before it creates other problems.
     
  3. Jun 23, 2011 at 2:38 AM
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    same shit as everyone else
    What he said. Check your motor mounts
     
  4. Jun 23, 2011 at 9:34 AM
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    oh dang. Well that does not sound very good. Any idea where these are so I can eyeball it myself before dropping it off at a shop?
     
  5. Jun 23, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    So the shifter isn't supposed to move at all? Mine definitely 'shifts' (no pun intended) around in whatever gear it's in. I just figured it did that because it's old. I don't think it's possible for it to actually shift gears unless the locking mechanism fails.

    Keep this thread updated OP!
    :popcorn:
     
  6. Jun 23, 2011 at 9:54 AM
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    first gen tacos historically have that floating transmission...

    when offroading, it will shift and sway... doesn't sit rigid to the frame or body...

    back in the late 90s and early 2000s, the forums on TTORA and CustomTacos were active with complaints about the shifty shifter...

    a lot of folks took their trucks back to Toyota to complain, but it was mainly the street queens complaining... Toyota's explanation was the whole floating transmission and how it's designed to not fight against the truck when offroading, etc...

    i have had my truck for 10 years and 254,000 miles with no issues with the shifty shifter, and that's offroading every month...

    as for the clunk, your perception of the clunk is subjective, so hard to say if it's just the nuances of the truck, so definitely crawl under and physically inspect and shake your tranny by hand...

    oh, and also make sure the bolts that hold the steering rack in place are tight... mine came loose once and caused a knocking sound...
     
  7. Jun 23, 2011 at 10:25 AM
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    OP, is the car lurching forward at all with this clunking noise?
     
  8. Jun 23, 2011 at 10:44 AM
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    No it is not lurching forward. I notice it more at slow speeds going over a pothole or similar sized bump. And when shifting into drive from a stop I can visibly see the driver side of the truck drop down a little bit. I'm not concerned about that because I've had vehicles do that before. The previous owner said the transfer case was replaced under warranty in 2006. I don't know if the clunking noise could be related to that or not...:confused: It has less than 50,000 miles on it so I would assume nothing major would be wrong with it, but who knows.
     
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