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Tranny Shift Rod lever moves with any road imperfection ?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by oracle, Sep 12, 2011.

  1. Sep 12, 2011 at 10:41 PM
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    oracle

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    Hi
    Today I noticed the shift rod lever moves almost 1/2" when the road is uneven or if I hit the gas a bit too much.
    Is that normal? First thing I thought was the tranny mounts are shot and truthfully I haven't checked so I don't know but has any of you noticed that?

    Or is it possible the engine mounts and/or read diff is a bit loose?

    Any thoughts?

    Note: Truck is double cab, TRD 4x4 with Auto tranny.

    Thanks
     
  2. Sep 12, 2011 at 10:56 PM
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    mikesdoublecab

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    this has been a concern on taco forums since 2001....

    not sure about 1/2" of movement, but our trucks have this type of floating tranny... supposedly the lack of a rigid tranny keeps em from the effects of stress, yada yada yada...

    although, still check your mounts just to be safe...

    i once felt my steering being sloppy and clicking...

    thought it was alignment.. turned out my steering rack was loose so i tightened the bolts and problem solved...

    so for sure check your motor mounts and tranny mounts...
     
  3. Sep 13, 2011 at 1:19 AM
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    G scott04

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    Yeah mine does the same when I accelerate and whatnot!

    maybe I should check my bolts too...
     
  4. Sep 13, 2011 at 3:59 AM
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    Check your blinker fluid.

    Low levels of blinker fluid cause a starvation resulting in uneven pressure when the fluid shifts to one side from a road imperfection.



















    :D
     
  5. Sep 13, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    Hey don't forget to pick up 2 quarts elbow grease while your at it.
     
  6. Sep 13, 2011 at 11:21 AM
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    Transmissions are mounted to the truck with rubber mounts as opposed to a solid mount. It allows the trans. to move around causing less stress, so said.
     
  7. Sep 13, 2011 at 2:54 PM
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    Dammit
     
  8. Sep 16, 2011 at 8:03 AM
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    Update:
    I noticed that if I engage the 4x4 mode (push button) the play in the rod is significantly less. Anyone else has noticed that?
     
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