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Automatic Transmission Column Shift Problems of Toyota Tundra



Toyota Tundra owners have reported 10 problems related to automatic transmission column shift (under the power train category).

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Toyota Tundra 1
Failure Date: 09/28/2010

The contact owns 2000 Toyota Tundra. The contact stated that the vehicle would not start. While attempting to start the vehicle, the contact also attempted to shift into park and the gear shifter fractured in his hand. Prior to the failure, the contact noticed that the gear shift selector would not fully shift into park. The contact stated the shifter was rusted from the inside of the steering column. The dealer inspected the vehicle and advised the contact that the failure was caused by two components that would need repairs. The contact was unable to recall the name of the components. The manufacturer was contacted but would provide no assistance. The VIN was not available. The failure and current mileage was 180,000.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2002 Toyota Tundra 2
Failure Date: 03/13/2010

2002 Toyota Tundra. Consumer states there is a serious problem with the steering column housing support. The consumer stated after starting the vehicle and subsequently attempting to shift the gear into reverse , the gear shift lever broke free at the steering column. Despite the failure the consumer was able to stop the vehicle. When the consumer arrived home, he was able to park the vehicle, but he was unable to shift into any other gear. The consumer stated it appeared the cast aluminum components supporting the transmission shift lever appeared to be flawed.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2001 Toyota Tundra 3
Failure Date: 12/13/2007

Automatic transmission shift lever failure. Lever failed at the base when shifting from park to reverse. This is a piece of cast aluminum being used in a high use safety role. This seems to be very dangerous design and should be recalled in my opinion. I see at least one other complaint filed on the same matter. My dealer is still diagnosing the issue.

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car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2001 Toyota Tundra 4
Failure Date: 03/15/2007

On 3/15/07 the automatic transmission shifter lever in my 2001 Toyota Tundra sr5 broke off as I shifted it from park to drive. The complete failure of my Tundra's automatic transmission shifter lever appears to be the result of either a defective component or an assembly error since failures of this type are unheard of. Notwithstanding the 101,904 miles on my Tundra, component failures of this type should never happen during normal usage regardless of vehicle mileage. This is no different than expecting that the steering wheel should never break off. Had this incident happened had I been downshifting on a steep incline, the results could have been deadly. I have since paid to have the automatic transmission shifter lever and shifter pivot for my Tundra replaced by a Toyota dealer.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2001 Toyota Tundra 5
Failure Date: 01/07/2007

The automatic transmission lever snapped something in the steering column when I shifted from park to drive. This failure seems to be somewhat common problem as I have found many cases of this on the web. One of the many instances I found says this: the casting design has a stress riser in it ( a tapped hole) in the worst place possible as far as stress is concerned!. This is an expensive fix! estimates coming in at > $700. . I think Toyota needs to do a recall !!.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Toyota Tundra 6
Failure Date: 11/24/2006

2000 Toyota Tundra shift assembly failure* the consumer stated the shift lever broke.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Toyota Tundra 7
Failure Date: 11/24/2006

: the contact stated the shift lever disintegrated off the steering wheel. The vehicle was taken to the service dealer who determined they would need to replace a bracket to fix the shift lever. The vehicle was still at the dealer awaiting the repair work. The consumer stated the shifter shattered without warning and was unable to place the vehicle in gear. Updated 12/18/06. The consumer stated the problem with the accelerator began in summer of 2005. He started the vehicle stepped on the accelerator and nothing happened. He then depressed the accelerator pedal to the floor and the truck lunged forward. Only by carefully pumping the gas pedal up and down was he able to attain approximately 40 mph. The searched the internet to see if others had experienced the problem. Within in a short period of time, he found someone else who experienced the same problem. It was caused by a loose connection where the accelerator pedal position sensor wire connects to its female connector. Which was located on top of the engine. The consumer looked at the connector and it seemed connected. He pushed the connector down hard and to his astonishment it clicked into place. Which solved the problem. The consumer stated two years later, the same problem presented itself again. Once he arrived home, he clicked the electrical connector securely in place. He used some copper electrical wire and wired the connector firmly in place. The consumer stated his best guess to the problem with the connector: was the design of the plastic was faulty. The plastic tab wasn't large enough to hold it securely in the socket and over time, road vibration caused it to come loose. Also, the starter failed. Updated 03/08/10.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2002 Toyota Tundra 8
Failure Date: 09/30/2006

Shifting lever broke off inside column when shifting from reverse to park. I was no longer able to shift transmissions.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2002 Toyota Tundra 9
Failure Date: 03/30/2006

The shift lever broke from the steering column while I was shifting from park to drive. The metal support surrounding the steering column broke. The truck was totally disabled and needed to be towed. The shaft sub-assembly, the tube sub-assembly, the support tilt steering assembly, and some screws, bolts and washers needed to be replaced. I asked to save the old parts.

car image   Automatic Transmission Column Shift problem of the 2000 Toyota Tundra 10
Failure Date: 01/19/2006

: the contact stated the column gear shift was placed into park atop a hill with the emergency brake engaged and the engine running, the vehicle rolled forward and crashed into a tree. After initial parking of the vehicle, the contact exited the vehicle. While attempting to reenter the vehicle and stop the forward motion injuries were sustained. The vehicle rolled downhill 60-70 yards and totaled due to the extensive damage. After the crash, the contact inspected the vehicle and the column gear shift was in park and the emergency brake was still engaged. The vehicle was not seen by an authorized dealer or repair shop. Updated 03/28/06.


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