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.
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Something to do is retighten the valve body bolts. 96 to 115 inch pounds(8 to 10 Foot pounds). Remove the pan to access the valve body. Messy job. I would pull they valve body and check for sticking valves. But if you don't get it back together right, your truck won't move at all. Over filled is not the problem. Have you had it serviced since the rebuild?
One thing that you don't want to overlook, would be a brake holding you back. To rule this out you would need to drive it , making a few normal complete stops and l0 to 15 minutes, giving everything long enough to warm up. Then pull off into a parking lot out of traffic and get out of the vehicle and walk around it , touching the lug nuts or in that area of each wheel, feeling to see if one wheel is noticeable hotter than all the rest. Usually the front wheels run about the same temperature and the back about the same. Or jack each wheel up and see if they turn free. This needs to be done in neutral.
You should take your 4Runner to an Automotive Parts Store and have them scan the on board computer. They will give you any stored Diagnostic Trouble Codes they find in the computer. And the Diagnostic Trouble Codes will dirrect you to the Problem. Most Automotive Parts Stores provide this service for FREE. If you have any problems with the Codes come back to this site, and someone will assist you further. Good Luck and have a good XMASS. From Ernie at RedDeer, Alberta, Canada.
You have to crawl under the car to get this done. Identify the location of the bulb then crawl underneath and locate the appropriate connector. Grab the connector with your hand and twist the connector right-to-left. The connector will then disengage from the plastic housing and you can withdraw the connector and the bulb from the housing. Once disconnected, grab the bulb with one hand and the connector with the other, and pull out the bulb straight out (no twisting). Replace is the reverse. Easy. Should take less than 1 minute.
Which engine does your forerunner have? They are not known for overheating, so you may have a problem in your cooling system. Is the system losing water? The first thing to do is get a pressure test of the cooling system done. At the same time ask them to test the thermostat. If all ok, Have the engine and radiator reverse flushed, and add corrosion inhibitor. Should be ok after this is done.
Reverse & 2nd gear share the same clutch pack.Usually when reverse goes out you will get wierd shifting into 2nd or 3rd.Most likey the Input shaft retaining nut has come loose inside the first clutch housing.It can be accessed from the trans end cover but it will take some disassembly.The trans doesn't have to come out to correct this problem.I repaired many saturns with this problem.The only parts you will have to buy is an end cover gasket(paper gasket) & 41/2 qts Trans fluid.Decent mechanice could do this in about 2-3 hrs or less.The service engine light is probally on due to trouble codes from the trans controller most likey DTC P0723 No 2nd gear.hope this helps
I see this is kind of a stale post, but i'll try anyway. First, check your clutch fluid reservoir. If it's full, you may have air in the line, a bad master cylinder, or slave cylinder, or your clutch is worn out.
Could be a possible break down of the plug wires. Seems that I remember hearing if your plug wires are breaking down inside and if its up against the motor you can hear something that sounds like interference in your radio. Just a thought, might want to check it out.