2016 highlander transmission clunk


Asked by Aug 07, 2016 at 03:17 PM about the 2016 Toyota Highlander Limited AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My new 2016 highlander sometimes makes a loud and hard clunk when
shifting from park to drive.  Any thoughts?

3 Answers


warranty work, No fee. make the dealer happy!

Bob Beaman

Thoughts? Take it back to the dealership as it is under warranty.


I have 2016 Highlander and get a loud clunk when shifting from P to D. i took it to the dealer and the service manager told me it was the "park pawl" and it is normal. It is a new design that holds the car from moving when in Park and doesn't put a strain on the transmission.

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