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Slipping Clutch - 15K!

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by mhcorbin, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. Feb 22, 2010 at 2:15 PM
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    mhcorbin

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    So I have a 2009 Tacoma 4x4, reg cab, 5 speed with only 15K on the clock. I drive mostly highway. The clutch has been slipping for the past week, and even slips in 5th gear as I accelerate. The dealer looked at it and quoted me $1800 for a clutch replacement, and indicated that they would cover it under warranty if there was a "pre-existing defect." Apparently these hydraulic clutches are not adjustable. It seems as if other owners are having difficulty. I'm looking for help to hold Toyota accountable for this. Any help for this poor graduate student would be appreciated.

    Thank you!
     
  2. Feb 22, 2010 at 3:05 PM
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    uood8

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    yea join the club...theres a thread around here somewhere about it.
     
  3. Feb 22, 2010 at 3:20 PM
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    kilgoja

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    that is way early for a clutch to go out...i only have 8k on mine so far and no problems...my old '88 toyota truck lasted 300k+ miles on the stock clutch...probably gonna have a recall on the clutches now or something >.< lol
     
  4. Feb 22, 2010 at 3:23 PM
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    Get the clutch replaced with a URD stage III competition clutch. They are $465 plus $106 for the throw out bearing (which has to be ordered from the dealership) and I am getting mine installed for $450. SO I get a much better clutch for about $1100. Just my 2cents.

    Just noticed you are a 5speed. Not sure if URD makes one for you. If not you could also check out Centerforce clutches they are around the same price maybe a little more expensive.
     
  5. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:58 AM
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    Interestingly enough there is a service bulletin for this problem, but not my engine (4cylinder) only the 6 cylinder. Isn't a clutch issue a clutch issue? It's the same clutch.

    I've spoken with two dealers, and Toyota corporate and have launched a case.

    If anyone else is having this problem, please call 1-800-331-4331. There is strength in numbers.
     
  6. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:02 AM
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    monitoring mine closely. thanks for info.
     
  7. Feb 24, 2010 at 7:32 AM
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    What is the build date on your truck?

    Thanks,

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  8. Feb 24, 2010 at 7:39 AM
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    My 2.7 5spd has 16,000 miles on it and although I don't think the Tacoma clutch is very good, mine still works like the day I bought it. If it does wear out, I'll probably go with the Centerforce. Hopefully it has better feel than the factory clutch. I hope Toyota takes care of you. 15,000 miles is way too soon for any clutch to wear out unless it's being abused.
     
  9. Feb 24, 2010 at 8:03 AM
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    i've been having problems with mine since new.none of the dealerships i have gone to want to help.i'm with you i'll be calling that number tonight.
     
  10. Mar 25, 2010 at 4:44 PM
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    Ya my truck when it was at 22k started having shuddering going into 1st and 2nd, and it is just pathetic now. Whenever I take it to dealerships they just act like the clutch feels great to them. I have had many standard shift vehicles in the past and none of them has ever felt as bad as this one. I would have no problem replacing the clutch if I was at 100k, but 22k is a bit unreasonable. Hopefully a TSB comes out for this soon. It clearly is a prob
     
  11. Mar 25, 2010 at 4:47 PM
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    You're gonna hate that setup if you do a lot of regular daily driving! I've never had a URD clutch, but I know stage 3 in the car I was building would've been intense. Chatter like crazy and way too stiff of a pedal.
     
  12. Jan 8, 2013 at 9:10 AM
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    I was wondering what the result of this was. I have 47K on mine and the clutch is starting to slip. I have mostly highway miles too. The dealer also tells me the same thing, that it's not under warranty. This is my 5th Toyota truck with a standard....All my truck have gone over 150K miles, never needing a clutch!
     
  13. Jan 28, 2013 at 12:14 PM
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    Haven't been happy with the clutch since about 15K. Due to recent cold spell, clutch has been slipping A LOT more and it's time. Brought it to the dealer and got the usual "wear item" line but said they would look. Call today said that it isn't covered under warranty but that they would replace it as a "good faith" gesture.
     
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