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Tacoma doesn't move when put in drive

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by dallas01tacoma, Feb 4, 2010.

  1. Feb 4, 2010 at 9:08 PM
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    dallas01tacoma

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    OK, let me be more specific. The truck is an 01 Tacoma V6 auto. Sometimes, not everytime, maybe 1 out of every 20 times I drive it or less, I put it in drive and it seems like nothing happens. I hit the gas and it just kind of barely moves. When it happens I have put it into the Low gear and it goes fine, throw it into second and then drive, and it drives normal. But like I said it doesn't happen very often. Not sure if there is some type of tranny fluid issue, pressure issue, or maybe even some kind of issue with the shifter. Tranny fluid is good. Anyone heard of this, and can tell me what it might be.
     
  2. Feb 4, 2010 at 9:31 PM
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    is the truck completely stock?

    no suspension or wheel mods?
     
  3. Feb 4, 2010 at 9:33 PM
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    Stock as it gets. I guess I should mention it has about 140k on it.
     
  4. Feb 4, 2010 at 10:29 PM
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    It doesnt sputter or anything? It just wont go?
     
  5. Feb 5, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    Correct, no sputtering. Just kind of rolls along and then sometimes starts to kick in while still in drive. Normally I will throw into Low, then upshift into 2 and then drive. But occassional it kicks in on its own. Like I said it doesn't do it very often so I don't get it.
     
  6. Feb 5, 2010 at 2:03 PM
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    SkyHighTacoma

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    What do you mean by kick in?
     
  7. Feb 5, 2010 at 2:30 PM
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    Sometimes if I keep it in drive it eventually starts to go. I normally don't wait. I do the manual shifting and everything is fine.
     
  8. Feb 5, 2010 at 3:00 PM
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    Sounds like an actuator on the tranny or some type of computer failer or maybe a linkage problem, Have you hooked up a code reader to yet?
     
  9. Feb 5, 2010 at 3:03 PM
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    I haven't hooked up a code reader. Didn't know if that would even register on one, I didn't honestly think of a computer failing. I really don't think it's the tranny itself just for the simple fact that it drives fine when put into the low gear.
     
  10. Feb 5, 2010 at 3:17 PM
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    Yeh its possible i had a problem with my 4 wheel drive doing kind of the same thing a few years back it was the actuator ( it was a $500 repair). Try some local parts place like Napa or Car quest usually they will let you check it for free.
    Good luck
     
  11. Feb 5, 2010 at 3:38 PM
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  12. Feb 5, 2010 at 11:10 PM
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    Can you explain a little bit further.
     
  13. Feb 6, 2010 at 6:59 AM
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  14. Feb 6, 2010 at 7:22 AM
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    Is it possible the shifter cable could be fraying?
     
  15. Feb 6, 2010 at 7:49 AM
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    Do you mean the throttle cable?
     
  16. Feb 6, 2010 at 9:39 AM
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