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Rough MT shifting... sorta

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by foothill96tacoma, Sep 21, 2020.

  1. Sep 21, 2020 at 11:29 AM
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    foothill96tacoma

    foothill96tacoma [OP] Well-Known Member

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    1996 Tacoma LX 3.4L 4x4 manual.

    After my daughter had her Corolla transmission + clutch worked on, I noticed how much smoother the shifting is in her car versus my Taco. Mine is not really bad, but it just seems a little stickier than I'd like it to be (or should be).

    I went ahead and bled the clutch line and replaced the transmission oil (Red Line MT90 75W90, GL4). It feels perhaps a bit better, but still not like my daughter's Corolla.

    If you were me, what would you try next and in what order? Thanks!
     
  2. Sep 21, 2020 at 11:46 AM
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    dankthetank

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    How long ago did you replace the transmission oil in the Tacoma? It could take a few miles before the new oil is able to properly work into all of the surfaces. Obviously they are different vehicles so they won't feel identical but are you feeling the difference in the clutch or the transmission? In order of expense and labor:

    If you are feeling it in the clutch then take a look at your clutch spring and perhaps it is time to replace with a linear spring.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/clutch-squeak-linear-spring-swap-tw-how-to.159429/

    You could also try replacing the shifter socket/seat with Marlin parts. I just ordered a set but have not yet installed them but based on reviews it should tighten everything up.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/shifter-bushings.442474/

    https://www.marlincrawler.com/shifter-parts/new-heavy-duty-seat-socket-combo

    Finally, it may be time to look at rebuilding your clutch master/slave cylinders. Fairly easy to do and rebuild kits are available from Toyota.

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/how-to-clutch-slave-cylinder-rebuild.197558/

    https://www.tacomaworld.com/threads/master-cylinder-rebuild-kits.548206/
     
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  3. Sep 21, 2020 at 11:47 AM
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    JudoJohn

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    i would change out the shift lever bushing.
     
  4. Sep 21, 2020 at 12:08 PM
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    eon_blue

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    I don't think a RWD truck will ever shift as smoothly as a FWD car (both manual transmissions). But the shifter bushing is known to crumble apart on these trucks and makes the gear switching harder than it should be, I would start there.
     
  5. Sep 21, 2020 at 12:13 PM
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    Clearwater Bill

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