Because the present shifting sensation makes you feel like you are forcing or grinding gears when shifting from 1st to 2nd, this is a safety issue given I can tend to be more focused on the shifting from 1st to 2nd than on driving and it is uncertain whether the transmission will possibly fail while I am driving the truck. This truck was a 4x4 off road, and came with all of the extra options that could be offered. Every mechanic suggested tires, but after multiple rotations, rebalances, an alignment and swapping tires with friend the noise was still present. He turned the shifter upside down and then took a rubber hammer to drive the ball into the bushing. The bushing where the clutch pivots dislodged and jammed the clutch so it was unable to be depressed.
I barely got up the hill of my driveway to get it parked. A little more info on these failures. It might also happen in other gears, but I only notice it in first. After my shift when I got into the care I noticed the clutch had about an 1 inch give meaning it had no resistance, I could move it with 1 finger. On the morning of July 28th, the judder problem was particularly bad and was evident with every start in first gear and sometimes in second gear. The consumer provided a copy of repair invoice. They claimed that the truck appeared to have been driven through a body of salt water coincidentally on the transmission only.
The front joint is difficult to reach with a grease gun, and it was dry with powder rust. They were supposed to have been installed at the factory as 1 matching unit. The throw out bearing is again vibrating on the pilot shaft. He said I was the third person in the last few weeks to come in for that issue. I understand that there is a big chance the gear boxes in the first trucks closer to 2005 might not be as robust. I am concerned that the transmission synchronizers are worn out and want to get problem resolved while covered under 60,000 mile drivetrain warranty.
I stoped the truck 1 time, a tree stopped it the 2nd time. It doesn't change the push pivot design, but it appears to be a proven kit. Just before the vehicle attained 14,000 miles it started slipping out of 4th gear. Vehicles logged between 161,000 and 191,000 miles and never needed a clutch replacement. Needless to say we do not have any correspondence but I still have to drive without reverse in my vehicle. I have no proof, but I think they did not grease this u-joint when I took it in for service.
I was informed I would be called back no later then Thursday Nov 14th. This solution solved the problem immediately, but within a year, the same chirp returned. Fearing that the repair for the problem might be extremely costly, I put off the inevitable for several years. For 2019 the Tacoma gains a few new features. Which wouldn't have been an issue if my truck would have gone when I pressed the gas. Once you get used to the feel of the shifter, it becomes second nature and rowing through gears becomes intuitive and fun.
I hope i gave enough details to better zero in on what i should do next. The entire assembly feels robust, like quality machinery. I'm going to give the best description i can give for my possible fault occurring and what it could be leading to. Turns out there was a software update that needed to be done. Drivers of stick shifts report better car handling, increased fuel mileage and lower cost to maintain.
I drive the highway everyday to work and yes, I occasionally get caught in traffic due to an accident, but that might happen once every other week! I did mention that if the car is off, I feel the same difference of lack of going into gear for 1st 2nd and 3rd. The dealer was unable to diagnose or duplicate the failure. Especially from a stand still, shifting int first gear as well as the other 4. Almost right away I was noticing a delay in the reverse to drive and drive to reverse on cold start and noticed strange shifting patterns during driving. They replaced the slave cylinder and clutch fork. At 1st it was just annoying, but recently I was turning a corner at a signal light behind another veh. It was determined the carrier bearing for the driveshaft and the rearmost driveshaft U-joint required replacement.
Even though the extra wear would be miniscule, it'll add up over the life of the transmission. It feels like it looses power when going up a hill then goes again. Both problems have been intermittent since the vehicle was delivered. First gear is pretty low and short, requiring you to shift out of it almost immediately after you set off. Since that first replacement of the pedal assembly, the dealer greases it every 6-8K miles because the squeak keeps returning and the pedal still sticks! While the drive and feel of the gearbox is not at all like a sports car, as a truck transmission, it feels great. It starts out quiet and eventually gets louder over time.
With the arrival of the new Ford Ranger and ever-expanding Chevy Colorado lineup, the aging 2019 Toyota Tacoma is feeling the pressure. The owner walked in and I told him what the article said and that pliers spread apart would be a better way than trying to pry up the cover with a flat head screwdriver. I have 600 miles on my truck. Yes, those have a pretty slick, car-like 6-speed manual transmission. Software update from Toyota helps some but the truck still has the poorest shifting auto transmission I have ever experienced.