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2001 Toyota Tacoma drivetrain problems

drivetrain problem

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2001 Toyota Tacoma Owner Comments

problem #3

Mar 022002

Tacoma 4WD 6-cyl

  • miles


The vehicle had been to the dealership several times to correct a defect in the transmission when consumer would make an attempt to stop, the dealer informed consumer the condition was due to a slip joint in the drive shaft which needed to be lubricated and was a normal maintenance issue, but also stated the condition was due to the drive shaft seizing up, the shocks and rear brakes was replaced.

- Tucker, GA, USA

problem #2

Jun 202001

(reported on)

Tacoma 4WD

  • miles
Makes a clanking sound in driveshaft when shifting.reported this to dealership proceeded to add gear oil to rearend.this helped some but didnt stop noise. Contacted charlies again and they said they would drop and pack driveshaft to eliminate sound. I believe there is a defect in the driveshaft and im afraid that the end result could be dangerous. Ive contacted their customer service dept. And was told a new drive shaft was out of the question and they would only pack the old one to resolve the problem.I believe packing the driveshaft would only be a bandaid on a potentially dangerous problem. Are you aware of similar problems with other Toyota Tacoma driveshafts?

- Auburn, ME, USA

problem #1

May 202001

Tacoma 4WD

  • Manual transmission
  • miles
Three bolts that hold driveshaft came out almost all the way. Contacted dealer, and dealer has fixed problem. Front drive shaft bolts were not installed correctly at factory.

- Willmington, NC, USA

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