Looking for first hand experience and references for transmission rebuilder. US only please.
Yea, I looked into it. I'm really booked pretty solid this year...I have enough time to pull/install tranny but I'm tight on both space and time to do the rebuild. I might sit down and watch the videos again and review the FSM. Life always seems to give me money or time, but never at the same time. I'm looking at Martin Crawler, they seem pretty thorough on their rebuilds but turn around is crazy long. We'll see. Thanks for the nudge.Do it yourself, it's pretty easy. I just did an R151F with R150F gears, no special tools other than a press. There's some rebuilding videos on Youtube, the Moses Ludel one is great.
Yea, I'm leaning to rebuild it myself. Might do the 87' first for practice as it's not a daily driver. I can't really leave my wife without her 99' Runner for more than a few days, nor have it go back together in worse shape than it came out.
Might be worth mentioning the issue:
1999' V6 5 speed, 312k miles. Most of its life with redline but a few cycles of fossil-based. Clutch was replaced at 285k, after which we started to notice some resistance going into first when cold. Once warmed up no issues. All other gears, no issues. Clutch hydraulics replaced at 300k as it started to get worse, couldn't really sort out what was going on. Ultimately I determined it wasn't external to the gear box, something internal was slowly failing and timing with clutch replacement was just coincidental. I could be wrong. I'll try another seat and socket replacement, but I'm not optimistic, then it's sorting out a rebuild. Any thoughts are welcome. Thanks, S.
I would say 80% chance it's not the transmission.
I did stick trans work. I knew the transmissions well, but I don't know every vehicle inside and out. 1st gear synchro is not a typical high-wear item. 3rd and 4th will see the brunt of synchro wear. They will scratch first before other gears, typically, because they are the "drive like a teenager" gears.
First test- Do not put it in 1st at a stop. Instead, try to put it in a different gear. Try all of them. Not at one time though. Like drive, stop completely, try putting in 2nd. or 3rd, whatever. Then drive, stop and try a different gear.
Does it feel same or different than if you put it in 1st?
If it feels kinda the same going into another gear then the issue is 100% not 1st gear synchro. The issue is incomplete clutch disengagement.
Some pickups have issues with lost motion in the pedal bushings under the dash. This is a big problem for Fords. I have not seen it in a Toyota, but I was working on 90's toyotas 20 years ago. Something to check. Google it, see if it's a common problem.
other things that will cause incomplete clutch disengagement- A crap clutch. And yes, I have seen clutches get worse with this the more miles are on them. Back in the day I had a high number of LUK clutches have this problem. They always warrantied them.
Bad pilot bearing. Ball pilot bearings should spin real easy, like a cheap roller skate bearing. If they are stiff you will have trouble with disengagement.
Couple of updates. @5speed addict is probably correct. If I press in the clutch and wait five seconds, transmission slips nicely into first or any other gear. If I try to engage immediately it hangs. This is only on a cold engine/transmission, once up to temp all is well. So, it's in the bellhousing not tranny and I'm planning to get it on the lift next weekend and see what I can put eyes on. As for the plastic clutch pedal bushing: I'd replaced those numerous times when it was new, after the second or third time I made one out of brass and have had no complaints since, but I might take a look just the same. @gotzero I'm going to say at this time our transmission is solid at 312k, there are no other issues other than this cold tranny sticking. I'll report back when I know more. Thanks for all the help.