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Hello, again, Mr. Ritter!;
You had previously helped me with my question about the transmission in my 98 Tacoma.  I did as you suggested and had a refurbished transmission installed.  The difference is outstanding!  This unit shifts so smoothly I can hardly tell when it happens.  Thanks for the advice.

I have this question for you now:  this transmission, unlike the other one (and trans. in other cars) does not shift into passing gear.  I am just wondering if this could be something simple (like a missing vacuum line perhaps).  I assume that it should downshift into the passing gear, but I don't know.   I would appreciate your insight (once again..!)   Thanks much!

- Mike

hello, down shifting and shift point up shifts are done with throttle pressure in the valve body, it should have a cable attached to the throttle body right near the throttle cable, you can see that it goes down to the transmission, this cable has an adjustment nut and a threaded rod , try to adjust the cable tighter, loosen the nut and move it back a about 1/8" or so. some model transmissions did not have this cable so if it doesn't let me know then I will need the transmission ID designation, you can find this at the sticker that has the VIN on it, it will say something like A340, A340E or A140.

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I have more than 28 years experience as toyota technician, I will be able to answer most questions related to the Toyota product line up to the present year models,I am located in the US but welcome questions from other regions of the world. When asking a question please provide specific information: year,model, engine,transmission information. Provide as much information as possible including a brief repair history if possible. I have been a volunteer here for more ten years an have answered over 16,000 questions helping Toyota owners with their problems and save thousands of dollars without any compensation, some of my answers are published on many other websites including google and various automotive forums. DONATIONS ARE VERY MUCH APPRECIATED, IF YOU HAVE RECIEVED HELPFUL INFORMATION PLEASE MAKE A DONATION. AS OF TODAY (JULY 22, 2014) ALL REQUESTED GRAPHICS, ILLUSTRATIONS, DIAGRAMS, PHOTOS, WILL REQUIRE THE MINUMUM DONATION UP FRONT.


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