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AT has trouble in Reverse, when coming to a stop, or when pulling

I had this 4Runner serviced. Here are the things I have done since I have owned it:
Rear axle seal -drivers side - never replaced shoes on Drum brakes or drums - the rear diff fluid was changed at this time.
Replaced radiator due to leak of lines from Trans. - Napa had to flush 3 or 4X to get all of the vacuum leaks out. They did replace the filter and used decron III fluid(?)
Transmission Mount - thought it was the problem with tranny so I replaced it.
New Rotors, Calipers and Pads
Replaced Mass Air Flow Sensor and O2 Sensor
Now it is having this exciting problem that I cannot diagnose. Sometimes when I start it and other times it is random. It seems to be 'pulling' me backwards when I stop and something hits hard when I pull away from an intersection. This morning I was travelling down hill in very heavy stop and go traffic. The problem occured and I could have sworn I had been rear ended. It did not seem to want to go after that. Other times it hesitates going into reverse as if I actually shifted into neutral instead.

Any advice is apprecaited,


Now it is having a problem that I cannot diagnose

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  • Angelo Attard
    Angelo Attard May 11, 2010

    check trans level again it sounds like trans problem it it is going into netral when drive is seleceted was it a reco trans or s/h

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    The condition that you are describing sounds like seized rear brake shoes, due to a sticking parking brake pivot. Try this: Get the vehicle lifter up off of the ground, put it in neutral, and spin the rear wheels. If one (or both) are hard to spin, you need to look at the park brake pivots. This is a very common occurrence. Let me know what you find. Thanks.

  • Jamie Heppner
    Jamie Heppner May 11, 2010

    What is the year and engine of your 4-runner please ? and its an automatic ?



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