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Old 04-15-2021, 09:04 AM #16
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I would get a rebuilt from the dealership...

I'm guessing you have an 01 or 02 model. The transmissions in these rigs are known to have an Overdrive Planetary Gear Bearing failure. When you drop the pan, you're going to see a whole lot of metal debris. ...
Mine, at 330k now, use to whine (only loud enough i would notice it with no radio on), so i dropped pan, found lots and lots of metal debris as you said above, replaced filter and added back valvoline full synth import atf.

No real reduction of whine noise for quite a while, maybe 5000 miles, then it slowly began to quite down, not gone but down about 80-90%. It otherwise function perfectly, smooth yet firm shifts up (only the 1-2 is firm) and smooth down, downshifts appropriately at highway speeds if throttle is dropped and OD works smoothly too. Mechanics say to just keep driving it, they think its OK, it worries me on a longer 1-2 hour trip to deer camp.

I'm sure its still gonna blow, some day. Yet after reading this thread, I've decided to go the dealer rebuilt route, have a buddy in parts so I'll at least get the 20% mechanic discount and take it to a trusted mechanic to swap out.

There I can sleep better now....
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If I wasn't planning on keeping my 4runner I wouldn't have a problem getting a used transmission but if I'm keeping it then the factory rebuilt trans sounds like a safer option. I don't like the idea of putting a used transmission with an unknown history into a vehicle I plan on keeping. It wasn't a hard job to do but not something I would want to risk repeating multiple times.

If I had access to a used transmission with a known history that was taken care of and the price was right then I wouldn't have a problem going the used route.
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Thanks all for the comments, each very helpful.

I called the salvage yard today and told them the issue - they asked for side by side pics, which I sent over. They then actually called the transmission shop and discussed what they think might be a workable solution. They're going to send a new transfer case to the shop and hope they can get it all put back together...didn't quite make sense to me, but both of them thought it should work and didn't ask me for any more money, sooooo fingers crossed.
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I'm guessing you have an 01 or 02 model. The transmissions in these rigs are known to have an Overdrive Planetary Gear Bearing failure. When you drop the pan, you're going to see a whole lot of metal debris.
great, just another reason im back in the hunt for another 99 or 2000. No tranny issues now, but its got other issues. 97 5 speed with locker just came up for sale.....but rusted and 200 miles away.....( update..sold in 3 hours)


sorry TurkVU not trying to hijack your problem, reading along to learn. Good luck with your fix
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sorry TurkVU not trying to hijack your problem, reading along to learn. Good luck with your fix
No worries at all...would be nice to have some spare parts laying around.
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Got the call from the shop on Tuesday morning, they were taking it out for a test drive! Picked the old girl up Tuesday evening, gave her a welcome home bath yesterday and drove around a bit - all seems to be in solid working order, the transmission hasn't felt so firm in years.

Thanks all here for the helpful comments and advice!
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Glad all is well. Used A340F used transmissions are a good value.
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I've heard nothing but good things about junkyard transmissions for the 3rd gen.
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I've heard nothing but good things about junkyard transmissions for the 3rd gen.
It's rare that they have issues outside of getting milkshaked.
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