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Old 04-24-2015, 06:33 PM

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Gear shifter really hard to move/shift into gear (auto trans)


Never had a problem with my shifter stick (automatic transmission) but all of a sudden out of no-where it's almost impossible to move it into D or any gear for that matter..

I took apart the dash.. Nothing is blocking it

Unbolted the linkage under the car... It then moves freely...


So I'm thinking it has something to do with the transmission and where the linkage goes into the trans...


Please any thoughts would be helpful..
Anyone ever experience this?...

I'm not in snow, it hasn't rained. Normal road conditions . Just got back from a long road trip though from SF to LA and back...

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is the interlock solenoid working correctly? should hear it click when you begin to apply the brakes to shift from Park. That could be your problem. You can override it manually by using the "shift lock override" (clever name lol) right above the P on the shifter. it might have a black removable cover on it. stick a flathead or a key in there and push down to engage it.

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If I read you right, the shift mechanism works fine and the binding originates from the shift lever into the tranny ?
Yea... just reread it... Obviously tranny problems.

Sorry...I'll bet if you drain your tranny fluid, there would be a clue via shavings..
Maybe even see it on the stick.


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Thanks for the responses guys..

A little update... The interlock/brake switch seems to be working fine.. I can depress the button at the top of the shifter and can pull the lever/shifter... It would just be really hard...

I just recently replaced the tranny fluid... About 2-3 months ago...

I checked the tranny fluid today and it seemed pretty full.. Like maybe even too full...

What should the dip-stick show? How do you read tranny fluid on the stick? It was past the "hot" and the car had been sitting for hours.. So def not hot fluid..

I did unbolt the linkage and tried to adjust which did help tremendously...

But now I'm confused.. Why would it bind up?.. Maybe it wasn't tight and it shifted?...

Now I'm looking for a reason to this weird phenomenon to why the shifter was so hard to pull!!

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Were you able to figure this out?


I came across this thread doing a search, my 2001 4Runner just started doing the same thing. Were you able to figure out what was wrong or how to fix it?

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Thanks for the responses guys..

A little update... The interlock/brake switch seems to be working fine.. I can depress the button at the top of the shifter and can pull the lever/shifter... It would just be really hard...

I just recently replaced the tranny fluid... About 2-3 months ago...

I checked the tranny fluid today and it seemed pretty full.. Like maybe even too full...

What should the dip-stick show? How do you read tranny fluid on the stick? It was past the "hot" and the car had been sitting for hours.. So def not hot fluid..

I did unbolt the linkage and tried to adjust which did help tremendously...

But now I'm confused.. Why would it bind up?.. Maybe it wasn't tight and it shifted?...

Now I'm looking for a reason to this weird phenomenon to why the shifter was so hard to pull!!

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I came across this thread doing a search, my 2001 4Runner just started doing the same thing. Were you able to figure out what was wrong or how to fix it?

My shifting linkage started to shift normal again without issue since I posted in this original thread...

I really have no explanation other than the fact that i kept loosening the 10mm nut under the truck where the shifter connects to the shifting linkage.

I just kept adjusting that down there.

I wish I had a better explanation of why this started to happen out of the blue and also just disappeared without much being changed..

Could it be something in the trans? Or something with the shifting linkage thinking the key was turned in the ignition?

Maybe someone else can chime in if they have experience something similar.

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I forget how the linkage works, as it's been a while since I've taken a look at it, but it sounds like maybe it wasn't tight enough in place at first, and that it binded somehow. If loosening and resetting it fixed the issue, especially now, 3 years later, that implies it wasn't anything serious mechanically.

I forget where exactly, but the mechanism that keeps you from shifting unless the key is in is higher up, near the actual shifter. Not in the linkage lower down. IIRC, it's some kind of tooth that simply keeps you from moving the shifter shaft, right under the plastic housing with the gear letters/numbers. It gets power from the plug nearby (don't forget this; ask me how I know), and detracts only when the brake is pressed.



BTW the tranny should shift easily by hand with the shifter detached (use the parking brake!!!)

I've always wanted (in an alternate reality with no consequences) to steal a car by detaching the shifter, popping the tranny into neutral, and winching it onto a trailer.


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If you have a new or old vehicle, the desire to keep it in good working order is the same. So when some thing does not go right, we all usually react the same manner and be concerned about it. And, especially when it comes to the transmission, you can already think about yourself with a huge bill. If the gear shift of your Toyota 4Runner shakes, you’ve come to the ideal page, because in this content page we will try to get rid of your fears and describe firstly why the gear shift of your Toyota 4Runner can vibrate, and secondly, what to do to fix this trouble.

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Why does the gearshift lever of my Toyota 4Runner shake?

So let’s start this content page with the roots of a gear shift that shakes on Toyota 4Runner, there are two distinct situations, here they are:

Gear Shift lever on Toyota 4Runner shaking in neutral

First of all, it is possible that your gear shift knob shakes only when you are in neutral, or your clutch pedal is depressed, and when you accelerate this feeling disapear. This is the most common circumstance. The source of this trouble is actually quite simple, very often it develops on old automobiles or vehicles that have been driven a lot. In reality, with time, parts such as the suspensions or silent blocks are put under great strain and lose their role as vibration reducers. In the event that the shift knob vibrates when starting or stopping on your Toyota 4Runner, it is most certainly engine or gearbox silent blocks that are dead. In fact, their function is to limit and absorb all the couplings and shaking of the engine and gearbox. If these are broken, these vibrations will have repercussions on other parts such as the gear lever of your Toyota 4Runner for example.

Gear Shift lever on Toyota 4Runner which vibrates when accelerating

The second circumstance of a speed lever that shakes a lot on Toyota 4Runner and a little less common. In fact, most of the time, the rise in engine speed should blunt these tremors. If in your scenario when you accelerate this shake does not decrease or worse, you will have to deal with it faster. In actual fact, although difficult to detect, there are different parts that may be the cause of the vibrations in the gear shift of your Toyota 4Runner:

  • Worn gearbox bearings, which motives major vibrations
  • An abnormal play in the gimbals.
  • An off-center clutch, or other parts misaligned due to an intervention on your engine

What if the gearshift lever on my Toyota 4Runner shakes?

Now let’s go forward to the part you are most likely most keen on, now that you have distinguished the origin of the gearshift that vibrates on your Toyota 4Runner you’ll have to put things back to normal to stop it.

If you are in the circumstance where it only vibrates at idle, it will be inexpensive to remedy this trouble. After checking which silent blocks were leading to this vibration, you will have to either replace the engine mounts or the gearbox mounts . This procedure can be done even though you may not you have some tools and some basic mechanical experience.
To finish , if you are in the circumstance where your gear lever shakes when you accelerate with your Toyota 4Runner, there is only one treatment, which is to go to your technician. In actual fact, waiting is not a good solution because you risk damaging other components, and, considering a precise and complete diagnosis alone is very difficult. Your motor mechanic will be best able to fix your trouble properly.
If after examining or replacing them you still have the feeling that the engine of your Toyota 4Runner is still shaking, do not hesitate to have a look at our content page on this subject to fix your trouble.

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Toyota 4Runner: Automatic transmission

Select a shift position appropriate for the driving conditions.

Shifting the shift lever


Vehicles without a smart key
system:

While the engine switch is in the “ON” position, move the shift lever with the brake pedal depressed.

Vehicles with a smart key system:

While the “ENGINE START STOP” switch is in IGNITION ON mode, move the shift lever with the brake pedal depressed.

When shifting the shift lever between P and D, make sure that the vehicle is completely stopped.

Shift position purpose


*1: To improve fuel efficiency and reduce noises, set the shift lever in the D position for normal driving.

*2: Selecting shift ranges using S mode restricts the upper limit of the possible gear ranges, controls engine braking forces, and prevents unnecessary upshifting.

Changing shift ranges in S mode

When the shift lever is in the S position, the shift lever can be operated as follows:

Non-Optitron type meter


1. For upshifting
2. For downshifting

Optitron type meter


1. For upshifting
2. For downshifting

The initial shift range in S mode is set automatically to “4” according to vehicle speed. However, the initial shift range may be set to “3” if AI-SHIFT has operated while the shift lever was in the D position.

Shift ranges and their functions

• You can choose from 5 levels of engine braking force.

• A lower shift range will provide greater engine braking force than a higher shift range, and the engine speed will also increase.

S mode

When the shift range is “3” or lower, holding the shift lever toward “+” sets the shift range to “5”.

AI-SHIFT

AI-SHIFT automatically selects the optimal gear according to driver performance and driving conditions.

AI-SHIFT automatically operates when the shift lever is in the D position.

(Shifting the shift lever to the S position cancels the function.) The engine speed may remain high after releasing the accelerator pedal.

This does not indicate a malfunction.

When driving with the cruise control system

Engine braking will not occur in S mode, even when downshifting to “4”.

If the shift lever cannot be shifted from P

If the “S” indicator does not come on even after shifting the shift lever to S

This may indicate a malfunction in the automatic transmission system. Have the vehicle inspected by your Toyota dealer immediately.

(In this situation, the transmission will operate in the same manner as when the shift lever is in D.)

Downshift restriction warning buzzer (S mode)

To help ensure safety and driving performance, downshifting operation may sometimes be restricted. In some circumstances, downshifting may not be possible even when the shift lever is operated. (A buzzer will sound twice.)

CAUTION

When driving on slippery road surfaces

Do not accelerate or shift gears suddenly.

Sudden changes in engine braking may cause the vehicle to spin or skid, resulting in an accident.

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