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Tranny shifts differently from 1st to 2nd than any other gear shifts.

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by x2468, May 21, 2011.

  1. May 21, 2011 at 11:15 PM
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    x2468

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    Ive noticed this since the day i bought my 3.4l auto tran taco. The shift it makes from 1st to 2nd always feels a bit funky and apparent compared to the other shifts it makes for 3rd and 4th. It's hard to explain exactly what it feels like, but it's almost like a surging feeling. Like im in one of those rubber band powered toy cars we played with as kids (or at least id did). Or it's almost as if it takes a second or 2 to shift. like a long drawn out shift. that ends with a little bit of a tug. It only does this from 1st to 2nd. Is this normal?
     
  2. May 23, 2011 at 9:47 AM
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    is your truck doing this when the engine is cold or all the time?
     
  3. May 23, 2011 at 3:58 PM
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    Electronic Shift Solenoid is bad
     
  4. May 28, 2011 at 9:53 AM
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    It does seem to do it a bit more when the tranny is cold and a bit more when the A/C is on high. The slower im accelerating, the more annoying it is.

    shift solenoid you say eh? i wonder if i can get one of those from a junk yard. you would think that with the number of 96-00 trucks getting scrapped for rust, there'd be a huge surplus of spare parts but i guess toyota wants to make sure you can't get them, that's why they pay 150% kbb for the truck.
     
  5. May 28, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    I have the same feeling with my truck so you're not alone. I've just gotten used to it
     
  6. May 28, 2011 at 12:15 PM
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    I've noticed the same thing, but it hasn't really bothered me too much. It seems a little more clunky then the other shifts, but I think its just my timing is off more than anything else. Good Luck
     
  7. May 28, 2011 at 12:28 PM
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    Mine is even and smooth across all gears. I agree with racerboy. Solenoid
     
  8. May 28, 2011 at 1:05 PM
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    It probably isn't the solenoid.... There's been many threads on this before. The 3.4 shifts like that when it is cold. It's electronically done to keep you in a lower gear to produce higher RPMs so the engine can warm up sooner. It happens to most of our trucks and it is nothing to worry about.
     
  9. Jun 28, 2011 at 9:11 AM
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    How expensive would a shift solenoid be and how difficult would it be to replace myself? If its not hard I can try it just to see.

    The warm up theory makes sense. But 50% of the time it still does it at op temp.
     
  10. Jul 6, 2011 at 9:58 PM
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    cool thread, mine shifts from 1st to 2nd at about 2300 rpms on the first startup of the day. every other startup and every other shift is much lower rpms..unless I'm accelerating fast
     
  11. Jul 7, 2011 at 2:45 PM
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    My truck does the same thing but only when I first start going. Other than that it shifts just fine to me.
     
  12. Jul 7, 2011 at 2:58 PM
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    Nice thread.. & very helpful...mine actually jus went away after I did a major 60k tune up... I will however though get my Electronic Shift Solenoid checked out..
     
  13. Jul 7, 2011 at 3:27 PM
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    What did you do on the tune up?
     
  14. Jul 7, 2011 at 3:33 PM
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    Timing belt, transmission flush, spark plugs, etc... I have a buddy that works for Toyota, so he basically hooked me up..
     
  15. Jul 7, 2011 at 3:36 PM
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    Ah ok yea I did that minus the plugs. Did you change the coil packs?
     
  16. Jul 7, 2011 at 3:42 PM
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    Yeah, he changed them also...
     
  17. Jul 7, 2011 at 3:45 PM
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    I have 142XXX miles on my truck I think it is time to do the plugs, wires, and coils.
     
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