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Who else has a "hard" shifting Transmission?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TnShooter, Feb 13, 2012.

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Does your Transmission shift hard?

Poll closed Mar 14, 2012.
  1. Yes, most or sometimes even when warm. Even more pronounced when cold.

    38.3%
  2. Yes, but only when cold. Never when warm.

    25.0%
  3. Never, it shifts very smooth.

    38.3%
  1. Feb 13, 2012 at 9:37 PM
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    TnShooter

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    First off, I've owned the truck for about 1.5 years.
    I noticed it shifted "harder" than other Auto Transmissions after I bout mine (Used 24,000 miles on it). So I took it back to the Toyota dealer and had them check it. They said it was "Normal" and that they had done a "reflash" of the ECU for the transmission. Since I had been driving a 5 speed, I took their word it was normal.

    Any ways, I've noticed it is a lot "worse" when cold. But still it seems to get much better when warm. But you can still feel it change gears.
    Kind of like a "bump" in the seat when it changes sometimes. Not always maybe 50% of the time. It's no where near as smooth as as my older Pre-2005 Tacomas.

    Anyone else experience this?
    I know a few have but want to get idea if it's just certain years, etc.?

    Mine is a 2007 Access-Cab, TRD Off-Road, 4.0/V6
     
  2. Feb 13, 2012 at 9:46 PM
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    dYL0n

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    Mines gotten worse. Im at 57k. Getting the tranny flushed at 60. But I think your truck is too young for those kind of problems. Id find a friend or even test drive a tacoma and see if it produces the same symptoms.
     
  3. Feb 13, 2012 at 9:51 PM
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    Frankoo1234

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    Ive been thinking about the same thing.. i want it to shift smoother and not feel so much of the gears changing.. my truck is an 05 dc prerunner with 67 thousand.. I went to the dealer to get it flushed or atleast check to make sure the fluids were good and the guys said not until 100k mark.. but its still something on my mind
     
  4. Feb 13, 2012 at 9:58 PM
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    TnShooter

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    Yeah, I hasn't gotten any "Worse" since I bought it. I'm at 39K now.
    Only time it is worse is in the winter. And occasionally in the summer when I first start driving before it warms up.

    I've let MANY other people drive it. Most say it's not that noticeable and they wouldn't worry about it. But than again they didn't pay $20,000+ for it either. It feels just like a
    "shift kit" form back on the old Camero (1970's). The ones that increases the fluid pressure.

    Of course there is no "easy" way to check the fluid. And Toyota won't check it.
    They say it's a "sealed unit" and only need checked when refilling form a fresh oil change.
    And wouldn't you know?, It only needs changed at 100K miles.

    They said it checked out fine, and they wouldn't do anything unless there was a problem.
    Basically, if it isn't "broke" they are not going to fix it.
    So, what is BROKE? - Inoperable and not running?
     
  5. Feb 14, 2012 at 4:56 AM
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    Mag16tac

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    I have more of an issue with the vibration when slowing problem due to the torque converter not disengaging on occasions. Had this problem on three Tacoma's 2-2010's and 1-2011 that has been reported to dealer and Toyota Care. Toyota knows about the problem and even dispatched tech's to check it out but no solution from the talking heads at Toyota except the most famous words in automotive issues: It's operating as designed!!!! All previous TSB's such as the transmission mount and re-flash does not apply to the 2011. The ones that don't have the problem, consider yourself lucky. I really like the truck other but pretty much have acknowledged the fact no solution will be offered.
     
  6. Feb 14, 2012 at 6:18 AM
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    dexterdog

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    I think the transmission service has been revised to 60k miles. Also, if you want the transmission serviced and willing to give them money for it why should they care. I would take it in and get it done.
     
  7. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    mine shifts hard from 1-2. It has always done this.
     
  8. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    Tacolover443

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    I have the same truck as you, year and TRD (mines just DC) and I dont think it shifts hard. I might just not be noticing it, but I think my shifts are relatively smooth, even when cold.
     
  9. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:28 AM
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    jtav2002

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    I had an issue when I bought mine new with the goofy 1-2 shift, typically after it downshifts and the wants to go back to 2nd it would kind of lag and rev up and shift hard into 2nd. Transmission TSB was done then and its been fine since.
     
  10. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:35 AM
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    If the fluid is off it won't shift hard, it'll slip and you'll really notice it. It shifts "Harder" when cold cause the truck is holding the RPMs higher to get the truck to warm up faster.
     
  11. Feb 14, 2012 at 8:39 AM
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    TnRedNeck721

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    not me. truck is a 2007. i got it used last may with 24’9** on it. now has 35k and i have no change! i “think” not 100% but i may have felt it change gears when driving at first. but i don’t now and may not have then.

    i have same year and everything but mine is DCSB not AC.
     
  12. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:31 AM
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    O has it really? didnt know that.. About how much does it cost to drain and fill? or to Flush? I heard some people say that with 3 drain and fills done maybe a month apart or week or days (not sure) it would accomplish the flush. Slowly replace the fluid in the lines.

    There is a TSB on transmissions? didnt know that ether I might have to check that out..
     
  13. Feb 14, 2012 at 10:34 AM
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    tammikm

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  14. Feb 14, 2012 at 11:17 AM
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    Yes sir. Not sure what all years are covered though. I don't think the earlier year 2nd gens had this particular issue. I think 2009 it popped up they must have changed something with the ecu. I know its been discussed on here in the past. When I took it into the dealer and explained what it was doing and that I had saw a TSB about it they surprisingly acknowledged it right away and said they just had to do a reflash and it would be fine.
     
  15. Feb 14, 2012 at 6:26 PM
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    im at 40,000 miles...it had trouble shifting here and there...then one day i had it parked in front of my work and it would not go into reverse....pushed it out. then when driving it wouldnt shift to 4th. took it to the dealer, they said tranny fluid was low. asked how it would be like this when its not even close to the time to change it. they didnt have a solid answer but didnt charge me to do a flush and fill of the tranny fluid. havent had a problem since...that was about 2 months ago
     
  16. Feb 17, 2012 at 8:36 PM
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    Mine shifts firm but I like it that way, after a full flush it seems to shift crisper and faster, still has a nice firmness to it. My truck is high mileage though.
     
  17. Feb 28, 2012 at 4:38 PM
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    When first starting to leave my driveway, down a hill, shifting from "P" to "D", I get a huge lunge, and sometimes a clunk.
     
  18. Feb 28, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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    How many miles were on your truck when you had it flushed?
     
  19. Feb 28, 2012 at 7:58 PM
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    Pretty sure when shifting out of park into drive on all vehicles it's a tad bit rough.
     
  20. Feb 29, 2012 at 12:21 AM
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