Last week, Toyota informed dealers of a potential clutch engagement problem effecting 4cylinder 2005-2011 trucks with a manual transmission:
Some 2005 – 2011 model year Tacoma vehicles equipped with a 5 – speed manual transmission exhibit a slipping feeling in all forward gears and reverse . Replacement of the clutch disk, clutch cover, ﬂywheel, and clutch pedal turnover spring is required to repair the vehicle.
If this problem is detected during the first 3 years or 36k miles of use, it’s covered under Toyota’s factory warranty. If not? You may be able to get some after warranty assistance, as it appears that Toyota used an inferior clutch design/inferior clutch material on some 2005-2011 Tacomas with the 4cylinder engine.
Here’s a summary of the TSB (number T-SB-0066-11):
Tacoma TSB Slipping Clutch Repair Procedure
1. Verify the problem by putting the vehicle in all forward and reverse gears and trying to move the vehicle – if the clutch fails to engage, the TSB applies.
2. Remove the manual transmission assembly to inspect the clutch disk and clutch disk cover.
3. Does the clutch cover appear damaged, such as broken or excessively scored diaphragm spring fingers? If so, this TSB does not apply.
4. Remove the clutch cover and clutch disk assembly.
5. Inspection the clutch disk friction surface – does the clutch disk display missing or tearing friction material? If not, this TSB does not apply.
6. Replace the clutch disk, clutch cover, flywheel, and clutch pedal turnover spring. Re-install assembly and test drive vehicle.
- If your Tacoma doesn’t have a 4cylinder engine, this TSB doesn’t apply to you
- If your clutch engages in all forward gears and reverse, this TSB doesn’t apply to you
- If your Tacoma is out of the 3 year, 36 mile warranty, you will not receive warranty coverage for this repair even though it appears to be a manufacturing/design/quality related issue. The best you can hope for outside of warranty is manufacturer or dealer assistance (free labor, discounted labor, free parts, etc.)