Question about 2004 Toyota Sequoia
Upon accelerating after a stop, the car starts forward but there has started to be a sort of shifting clunk underneath the vehicle and the car violently jerks forward. It is happening much more frequently now. On the way to the dealertship my husband (who never drives this car cause I won't let him) said he was driving about 55 and that there seemed to be fewer occurrences than at slow speeds. Up until now all I could think of was transmission. The dealer says it seems by process of elimination that the 'rear end' needs replacing. I'd never heard of such a thing and asked him how frequently this type of repair is performed (per dealership, not per vehicle). He said "it happens". He didn't sound at all confident with the diagnosis. Standing underneath the Sequoia, where he was pointing at the suspicious region and then my googling 'rear end replacement', I am coming up with a $2500 part purchase, not to mention labor. Does anyone know--do the symptoms match the disease? The vehicle has 73,000 miles. Might there be anything else to suggest?
Sounds like the ring & pinion has broken teeth. This woud have to be a rear wheel drive car.
This will leave you stranded very soon!
22 & 23 are the ring & pinion. Ask dealer if ring & pinion. Get price for used assembly versus repairing. These very seldom go unless you did something very strange which you woud know it happened.
Posted on Feb 17, 2009
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