1988 Toyota 4Runner V6 Transmission Trouble
May 21, 2012 1:28 PM Subscribe
How much will my transmission cost to fix? Left to its own devices, how much longer will it last? Any advice for a mechanical laywoman?
posted by dissolvedgirl22 to Travel & Transportation (5 answers total)
I've owned this truck about 7 months and I have an irrational love for it even though I may not be able to keep it going much longer. Thanks to the friendly advice of folks here, I've been able to master careful monitoring of my radiator fluid level and rule out a head gasket problem. Not one overheat since I posted my last question!
Now this: for about the past month, I've noticed that the engine seems to take a while to "warm up" and kick into the right gear when driving at any speed. I have an automatic transmission with an overdrive feature. While the truck is warming up, which takes about 10-15 minutes of driving, the RPMs range between 2,000-3,500 with moderate acceleration and the sound of the engine is similar to when the overdrive is engaged, even though it is off. Once this time has passed, the engine quiets down and ranges between 1,500-2,500 RPMs.
Occasionally, with slightly increasing frequency, after this period has passed and I've driven a significant amount of time (at least 45 min - 1 hour) the RPMs will start to wig out and the engine roar for a few seconds as if I was depressing the gas pedal in neutral. If I let off the gas and coast for a few seconds, the engine quiets down and the RPMs go back to a normal range.
The engine also occasionally will die immediately after startup if it's allowed to idle. If I start it up and give it some decent gas for a minute or two, it will hold its own again. This is also a new development.
I know that there is a limit to how much help I can receive here, that my truck is old (odometer was stuck at 250k when I bought it and I've put on maybe another 10k since then) and my pockets are shallow, and eventually I'll have to give in and get something more reliable. I'm just hoping to prolong the inevitable if I can.