What a week in the land of Toyota Ownership. I freely admit I’ve not done much with cars for a few months. Life has a way of working itself in ebbs and flows of good and bad. Sadly in our household we’re in the bad swing with no one’s friend Cancer turning up for a visit, a need to find another place to live in a torrid rental market etc.
Anyhow, important Toyota business. You all know I’ve been sceptical of the “diagnosis” Toyota made during the scheduled service. I mean a blind Freddy knows trying to claim the rear wiper blades need replacement shoes a complete disregard for the customers intelligence.
So I finally sent Sebastian for a visit with a local workshop, one linked with a large motoring body, and coincidently where a mate works as a Service Adviser. The brief was simple. Check the stuff Toyota claimed, and if there was any merit in it, do the work. While you’re there do the full transmission service anyway.
Within 2 hours of drop-off I had the call “mate there’s nothing wrong with it, can’t fault it”.
So with a bit of self satisfaction I gave the nod for the gearbox service and picked him up the next day (my choice).
In full disclosure, something wasn’t quite right, so I popped back in today just before closing to make arrangements to have him checked next week. Nope, straight into the workshop, checked, my “not quite right” confirmed as being a legitimate feeling. 40 minutes after they were supposed to close I was driving away and it was right.
The problem? Maybe 250ml of transmission fluid short of the “correct” level as determined with all the Toyota warm it, poke it til it goes sploosh method. How this happened? Maybe some trapped air, maybe someone just misjudged the sploosh. Whatever.
Fixed now and smooth quiet shifting once more.
im sorry about the glare but i think my camera on my phone said i should clean the lens even though theres no smudge or finger print on the lens but the photo came out wrong it should be a bit more whiter with a blue tinge
Hi Roice, Have you serviced the transmission? changed the fluid and filter? the idea of a sealed for life transmission is not true as what do you regard as a lifetime sealed transmission? I am sure others will throw their brilliant minds to this issue for you as well but at least we can eliminate things if you provide more information about service history. So let us know what you can about what the issue is as in noises does it jump in other gears besides 2nd gear things like that.
Hey all, never used this stuff before, so apologies for any errors, omissions or covering of old topics.
I have a 2006 SR5 Diesel, starts and runs fine most of the time however after driving for some time (about 1hr) it experiences all the symptoms I would associate with fuel starvation. While driving on the F4 (100+) it will cut out, shunt and rattle like the injectors have no fuel. When stopping at lights it will shudder and sometimes stall (injectors rattle also) Starting again takes time like it was self priming At times when accelerating off from lights it will labour to reach speed (like there is a governor fitted). Please note NONE of these symptoms exist on a cold engine or short run?
Fuel is from random places, I have an accessory water trap (no water evident).
I DO also have an issue with the the factory water trap, that being
1. When off the priming pump is firm, when running the pump knob is down and can be lifted up and down (no pressure at all?) Vehicle drives fine until a long drive is attempted.
2. The water light comes on, I check (no water) I drain just to be sure (no water) I reset the light and a day or so later . . . water light comes on?
Has anyone experienced this problem? I have had several mechanics look at it but none can find the problem?
Thank You Tony, very detailed & informative as always. In fact I think you hit the nail directly on the head regarding the flushing method for cars which are poorly looked after. Those cars will definitely experience ATM issues when it goes from a coked up fluid which becomes assistive in gear changes to a brand new fluid which may cause clutch slip. Our cars are hardly going to experience that, at least that you & I think. I will flush as per previous plans, should be just dandy :)
Actually I've been damn lazy for quite a while, I blame it on covid & lockdowns for months, sick to death of it all really. But now that I'm free I can't be bothered, or as they say "cbf" 😐
At least I did the fuel filter canister in the 86 the other day including 4xO-Rings which I had in stock, which is damn similar to the Aurions setup so I know what to expect there when it comes time to doing that. Pretty easy in the end, similar to all the other in-tank canisters I've done in Celicas & Camrys except for the big fat locking ring on top which holds it all down as opposed to a ******* load of bolts (which I prefer) & the filter in a basket type arrangement as opposed to just a canister where everything just hangs off it. Overkill imo, for whatever reason. ps: the locking ring needs to be damn tight otherwise there will be a fuel leakage. Ask me how I know this 🙄