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Old 12-07-2011, 08:22 AM   #1
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94 4runner solenoid problems

I've read on here about other people's problems too, but I'm thinking of doing the replacement myself and need some help.

Symptoms: From dead stop care barely moves, I have to put it up to about 2500 RPMs just to get going. (Guessing I'm starting in 3rd gear or something). The OD Off light is blinking of course. I drove the car from Denver to Greeley for 45 minutes without a single issue, started it up the next time and it hardly moves in drive. I can use my auto trans as a manual and start it in low then it accelerates fine.

Solutions?: I've heard it's the shift solenoid on the valve body. Does anyone know how hard this is to replace? I know I need to drain the fluid and drop the pan, but is there a lot else to do? I worked on cars for 4 years in high school so I know the basics. Just trying to see if it will be dangerous to do it myself.

Any information you have would be awesome. Thanks.

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Old 12-08-2011, 10:19 AM   #2
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I'm currently having the same problem with my 92.

I just bought the 4Runner with a bad motor after it was sitting for two years. I was unable to get any history on the trans or rest of the truck.

I put a motor in it and have been driving it for two weeks now.

The trans is doing the exact same thing 90 percent of the time. I get lucky on occasion and it shifts properly.

Put it in drive and it goes right into 3rd. Put it in 1st and manualy shift it and it shifts from 1 to 3 skipping 2nd. Also if on the highway while in OD it seems to unlock-lock the converter a lot while driving at speed.

Haven't had a chance to scan yet but I'm sure it's throwing codes.


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Old 02-06-2012, 03:27 PM   #3
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I am having same problem with 94 4runner v6
Do I need shift solenoid #1
I already tried replacing speed control sensor on the trans but no response.
my speedo is out as well but tach works
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