96 Tacoma Manual Transmission Problems?

02-13-2004, 07:06 AM
I have a 96 2.7l Tacoma 4X4 with a manual transmission. I hav ~142K miles on it. Yesterday as I was making my 50 mile commute home from work I noticed that the truck would not go into 3rd or 4th gear. Eventually I get hold it into 3rd and it would stay but 4th was out of the question. 1st, 2nd, and 5th are no problems. Is this a sychronizer problem? Any suggestions???

Thanks in advance.


02-13-2004, 03:26 PM
have you ever replaced the clutch?

02-13-2004, 04:41 PM
Bleed the slave cylinder.

02-13-2004, 07:02 PM
I have never replaced the clutch.

Just curious about bleeding the slave cylinder. Why it this cause it to work in some of the gears but not all? Thanks again

02-19-2004, 03:01 PM
i had the same problem but with different gears and then eventually it wouldn't shift at all. The clutch was relatively new. It turned out that the pilot bearing was burned up and not allowing the correct alignment. The bearing lasted less than 15,000 miles! Why? Turns out Downey Off Road sells a kick ass clutch with the cheapest piece of crap bearings on the planet-- made in CHINA!!!
Learn from my mistake. Stick with OEM bearings. That little $10.00 bearing cost me over $1000.00 in repairs and several days out of service. I haven't spent a dime with Downey Off Road ever since.
Your clutch sounds like it is working fine--(master/slave cyl. etal) I would say your problem is either a lack of lubrication, syncros or any combination of internal trans problems.
Next time run Redline MTL and your Man.Trans. should last twice as long.

02-24-2004, 08:21 AM
Just got the verdict on the transmission problems that I have. Synchronizers for 3rd and 4th gear plus the shifting fork. $1100 later I will have a transmission with new synchros, brass, bearings, and bushings. Now I just need to get another 150K out of the truck.

Thanks for the responses.

02-24-2004, 02:33 PM
I hope you are using Japanese (OEM) parts!! Or you may be doing it again in as little as 10,000 miles!!! Also, I hope you replaced the T/O and pilot bearing and had the flywheel resurfaced and replaced the clutch and pressure plate. Now is the time to do these things while it is all apart. the main expense, as you know, is the labor to drop the tranny/tx case.

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