Re: Torque Converter Shudder
I also have an 07 TRD, bought new with 130000 mls. I regret to say that I , until 6 mos ago, never thought about the tranny fluid. I know better now and was taught better. Anyway, my FJ developed the shudder and I had no clue what it was. I bought new tires, needed them anyways, but no fix for the shudder. Took it to a dealer in Kansas while visiting relatives and of course they never heard of this and had no clue what could be causing it. i told them I wanted a transmission flush and they told me "Toyota does not recommend a complete flush anymore", so I had them do a partial(about 4 qts.) flush. Didn't change a thing. I took it to my home town dealer in Kennesaw Ga because they are oh so smart..... They kept it overnight and called me the next day with this. Nothing wrong with the tranny but, your engine monts are shot as are the tranny mounts. The universal on the driveshaft needs replacedd and you need front brakes. I say, could this be causing the shudder? could be.... $2300 later I start researching on the internet (better late than never, right?) on the forum here. Lo and behold I find I am not alone! After a lot of reaaading I feeel that ii haave narrowed it down to the torque converter. I go to a AAMCO dealer who patiently liistens to my story and then hands me a small red tube and says put this in and if it works come back and give me $10. Hmmmmm, I say. So, of course I pay him the $10 right then, drop in the bucket right? The first day after putting it in and then 25 mile test drive, maybe a little better. Day 2, 20 mile drive, definitly better but still shuddering. Day 3 50% fixed. By day 5 95% fixed, only very occasional shudder is happening. This is now day 10 and I can say that in the last 3 days not a single shudder through 4 tanks of gas (wish that stuff helped the gas mileage) driving my son and my brother through the north Ga mountains. I figure this is a temporary fix at best but my baby is acting right for now. if (when) it starts back I will do a complete flush. Hope this helps someone else at least temporarily. Oh yea, the name of the stuff is " Dr Tranny's instant shudder fix" and I think you can find it for about half of what i paid. Good luck!