my 2001tacoma prerunner pops out of drive into neutral when i accelerate from lights


Asked by Aug 03, 2012 at 02:31 PM about the 2001 Toyota Tacoma 4 Dr Prerunner V6 Crew Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

when i accelerate from a stop light, the transmission jumps out of drive into neutral reving the engine and leaving my vulnerable to an accident from oncoming traffic. how do i fix this?

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If you have a stick shift that means the synchronizers are worn and need to be replaced.

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thanks for the info where are they located

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They are inside the transmission and unless you have excellent transmission skills it would best be left to an expert and have it repaired once and be done with it.

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so were talking about the automatic transmission overhaul . when i don't gun the gas its fine. it wouldn't be a linkage adjustment, universal replacement or transmission rubber mounts


Ok, with an auto it could very well be linkage and not the trans mounts. Check the shift linkage bushings and such, if they are worn it could cause the shift lever to pop back to neutral.

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On an automatic it could be just low fluid level. Low fluid level results in what you are experiencing. Start out in first gear and you don't get to second and hit neutral. Once the car warms up, it can go away. If that all checks out, check you motor and trans mounts, if you have a cracked or fail mount, this will change your driveline angle resulting in missed shifts.

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thanks guys for all your input, i'll check these ideas thoroughly and let you know the results

Auto trans. Yes, I have the same problem. I am just going to take it in to get the linkage adjusted. Trans seems fine. The torque is pulling it out.

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