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Stickshift question...is this normal?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by river rat, May 1, 2009.

  1. May 1, 2009 at 4:49 AM
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    river rat

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    Getting into reverse. (2007 regular cab, 4 cylinder, 4 x 4, manual trans.)
    Very notchy...sometimes have to whack the shifter lever left and right a few times to get it in. Other times it goes right in fine.
    Anybody have this problem? Shold I have it looked at before warranty expires or is this just a Toyota tranny thing?

    Rob
     
  2. May 1, 2009 at 5:09 AM
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    Sounds normal to me. There's generally no synchro in reverse, so you're actually engaging an idler gear instead of cone clutch / dogs. Try slipping it in and out of 2nd gear for a quick second before you go into reverse, that should help.
     
  3. May 1, 2009 at 6:20 AM
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    Double clutching works, press clutch pedal release, press clutch pedal engage the gear. It's the only way to shift a '43 Willys MB.:D
     
  4. May 1, 2009 at 6:28 AM
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    Mine some time i have to let the car drift forward ever so slightly then it goes right in. It feels almost like it is hitting the gear directly instead of going into it
     
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    That's it exactly.
     
  6. May 1, 2009 at 6:56 AM
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    Never had a problem. But then again as someone said I always slip it into 1st gear then reverse as I was tought to do.
     
  7. May 1, 2009 at 3:57 PM
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    Thank, guys.
    I double clutch my '69 VW Bus but never thought to on the Taco.
    I'll try that, too.
     
  8. May 1, 2009 at 3:59 PM
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    Usually double clutching or just letting out on the clutch a little will turn the gears enough to mesh. Thats how I do it in the dump truck at least. Of course you don't want to grind it, so its an art, i guess. Shifting thru all the gears helps as well as someone pointed out. Either way, its normal.
     
  9. May 1, 2009 at 4:14 PM
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    I double clutch it this happens on mine. Usually cures it.
     
  10. May 1, 2009 at 4:16 PM
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    Mine does the same, some times I have to let it roll forward or backward a bit for it to go.
     
  11. May 1, 2009 at 4:31 PM
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    I'm relieved.
    I can live with it, but if it were abnormal, I'd want it looked while it's still in warranty in case it meant a bigger problem later on. I heard a good synthetic gear lube can do wonders for smooth shifting. I might try that. I'm still on factory fill, of course.
     
  12. May 1, 2009 at 4:56 PM
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    Happens 2 me 2 sometimes. Doubleclutch real quick, never grind it in. It's not a Tacoma or a Toyota thing, it's a manual trans. thing. They do that.
     
  13. May 1, 2009 at 7:54 PM
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    That's true. They (manuals) do that. It seems tougher (or notchier) than most. I've had about twelve different manual trans cars/truck new and old.
    Other than this concern I had it shifts beautifully.
     
  14. May 1, 2009 at 7:55 PM
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    I appreciate all the replies. Thanks again, all.
     
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