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Transmission clunking sound

Discussion in '1st Gen Tundras (2000-2006)' started by Noely1130, Feb 28, 2020.

  1. Feb 28, 2020 at 11:43 AM
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    Noely1130

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    2005 Tundra SR5, 2WD, V8 Auto tranny. Sometimes when I release the brakes after a full stop, I hear a clunking sound - feel it in the seat. The other day while stopped at a light, in gear, with foot on brakes, I heard a loud clunk. What the hell is going on?!
     
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    Sounds like the driveshaft slip joint is sticking and needs greasing.
     
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    Could be your shaft zerks need greasing OR another problem may exist.

    The 05-06 transmission bolts for 2wd trucks were subject to fall off. There should be 4 bolts connected to the crossmember. The missing bolts cause a clunking sound.
     
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  4. Feb 28, 2020 at 1:46 PM
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    All 4 bolts are in place, and I checked the carrier bearing between the 2 sections of drive shaft, and found no grease nipple. Where is the "slip joint" and or "zerks" ?
     
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    If you have a 2 wheel drive,you won’t have grease fittings for your slip yoke

    You’ll have to drop the driveshaft,clean and lube the splines and reinstall

    On my 06, I had the exact same symptoms for quite a while.

    Over time I did the following:

    Inspected leaf spring silencer pads
    Inspected axle u bolt torque specs
    Inspected carrier bearing and u joints
    Inspected transmission mount and bolts
    Inspected parking brake and rear drums
    Had a shop install new carrier bearing and i joints,plus lube yoke

    I did all of the above and it was still present.

    Finally one day I did a transmission drain and fill. I added about a 1/2 quart extra fluid,as someone else on the forum suggested it cured theirs.

    It never happened again. The slip yoke internals are kept lubed by ATF. If you’re a touch low,or even dead on, you can exhibit the symptoms you describe. The “driveshaft clunk” you feel is the slip yoke moving.
     
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    Our transmissions are "sealed" so it's a little more complicated than usual....especially checking the fluid level....great tutorial here...


     
  7. Feb 29, 2020 at 11:08 AM
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    Hmmm. Think I'll let the Toyota shop do the drain and fill.:thumbsup:
     
  8. Apr 15, 2021 at 5:46 AM
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    Did a transmission drain and fill hoping to fix my clunk issues but it still exists :( - although I think it's better / less frequent. Next I guess I'll have the driftshaft / slip yoke checked
     
  9. Apr 15, 2021 at 6:30 AM
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    Check that you have a good center carrier bearing, good u joints,and greased slip joint. Check your leaf springs for missing silencer pads on the end of the bends,and check your spring pack/axle mount u bolts to be torqued properly

    As a last resort if you have inspected everything else,add an additional 1/2-1qt transmission fluid and see what happens. This is what made mine quit
     
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