80 series L/C: Rough gear change at lower speed

Submitted: Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:15
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Hi all Landcruiser Guru,

I bought a 1997 Landcruiser 5.4l petrol auto with 155K on the clock before Chrismas and discovered that the gear change at low speed is quite rough and sometimes I can feel a sudden kick with a click sound when gear change. This symptom becomes more obvious after a long trip and heavily loaded with camping gear. One of my mates suggests that change the transmission oil normally solve this problem from his experience. I checked the transmission oil and the colour of transmission oil looks fine to me ( it is pink without any burnt sell). Can any Landcruiser expert please help me on this as I am not mechanical oriented. If transmission oil is the cause then should I send it to Toyota for oil change or I can do it by myself? any possible cause?
Any help is much appreciated.
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:44

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:44
Hi
I would change the oil and filter, the oils Iknow are red not pink. pink usualy means water is present that will vaporise at high temp
hope this helps
ray
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Follow Up By: chenj3 - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:58

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 16:58
Kiwi Ray,
Thank you for your help. Is there a auto transmission oil filter ? I could NOT find. The problem is still there after I change the engine oil ( NOT transmission oil), I also discovered that the front console was quite warm ( maybe i should say hot) after long trip as my left leg can feel the warmth from front plastic console.
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Reply By: Kiwi Ray - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:09

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:09
The filter is inside the trans, you will need to drop the trans pan. Buy a new gasket first.
By front console do you meen the centre one
Do you have the radiator with the trans oil cooler built in?
All the Cruiser are a little different in NZ
Ray
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Follow Up By: chenj3 - Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:28

Tuesday, Jan 27, 2004 at 17:28
Kiwi Ray,

I will check out the Gregory's service manual for my Landcruiser ( bought one at Kmart for $22) and see if I can get more details for replacing the oil filter.
The console I mentioned is area where I change my auto gear and 2H/4L Lever. it is just next to my left lower leg.
My L/C has a built-in trans oil cooler.

I used to drive a Pajero petrol in Hamilton, NZ for 4 years so I know the different models in NZ.

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Reply By: Member - DOZER- Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 06:12

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 06:12
Gday
Common accross the range, general concensus on the cruiser site www.lcool.org is to use Castrol VMX-M oil to reduce.
Andrew
wheredayathinkwer mike?
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Follow Up By: chenj3 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:25

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:25
Thank you ! Dozer.

Is Castrol VMX-M used in Auto Transmission or Engine? why it can fix this? Thank you
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Follow Up By: chenj3 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:25

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:25
Thank you ! Dozer.

Is Castrol VMX-M used in Auto Transmission or Engine? why it can fix this? Thank you
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Follow Up By: wazza - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:34

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 14:34
chenj3. Before you run off to the shops. VMX-M for da manual transmission.

http://www.castrol.com.au/products/products_mantrans.jsp
http://www.castrol.com.au/products/pdf/B837%20VMX-M%207585.pdf

But Dozer is right. VMX-M is the biz for an 80 series 5 speeder.
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Reply By: Member - Eskimo - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 11:08

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 11:08
geez where'd ya get a 5.4l
i want one too!Wow, am I cute! The extra long legs are built-in prevention against ducks disease. Great looks and a real goer. Doesnt waddle along like some.
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Follow Up By: chenj3 - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:30

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 13:30
Sorry for the typo. Eskimo
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Reply By: colin - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 11:55

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 11:55
I would take it to an automatic specailist and get them to do a full service which includes oil filter tighten bands and full check, if you take it to toyota this is what they do. Autos should be serviced once a year. Col
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Follow Up By: Wil - Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:53

Wednesday, Jan 28, 2004 at 20:53
I agree with Colin. You should take it for a complete service. They have a machine to pump fresh trans oil thru and flush the torque convertor (you can't bleed them properly) which should improve gear change immensely.
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