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Experience:  Toyota Master Diagnostic
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When driving Toyota Sequoia a loud noise like something

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When driving Toyota Sequoia a loud noise like something falling out of vehicle occurred. Stopped vehicle, when trying to start again vehicle would only move in reverse gear, forward gear would go only if pressing accelerator aggressively. Parked over night to tow the next day. When towing back wheel would not turn, stopped put in reverse and driver commented that he felt like it was trying to move on it's own. Was able to drive vehicle 5 miles to house, 1 clunk in that time.
Could this be solenoid or transmission. If transmission any way to repair from this point? The vehicle is in great shape other then that, is it worth replacing transmission. 160,000 miles on it.
Submitted: 9 months ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

Did any warning lights illuminate on the instrument panel? Is the truck in otherwise good condition or do you live where rust and corrosion are an issue?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
No lights that I know of. No rust to speak of.
Customer: replied 9 months ago.
no thank you
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

Sorry for the delay I had to step out for a bit. If you have no reverse and it acts as if it is locking up after the loud noise this is a mechanical problem inside the transmission it's not a solenoid or electrical issue. It is a problem it happens with these high mileage transmissions on this particular year. It probably will be cheaper to replace a transmission with a good used transmission typically you can have that done for under $2,000 with no trouble. If the truck is an otherwise good condition it is definitely worth fixing versus trying to buy another one that you have no history.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Right now it is working, the back wheel was stuck, then putting in reverse seemed to make it work again. What will possibly happen next if we keep driving it. Will it do further damage or will we just get stranded.
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

Just to clarify, you are saying that the Truck Works in reverse and shifts correctly with no issues?

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
when towing back home it started working ok but 1 clunking occurred during a*****
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

It still sounds like there's something going on in the transmission. Especially the noise appears to be coming from the center of the vehicle and not the rear of the vehicle near the differential area. I would check the U joints but typically once they fail you not going anywhere it doesn't come back.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
Is replacing transmission only or best option? Any idea what a remanufactured transmission cost
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

USed is the cheapest $500 to $1000 a remans run $2500 and up. Have an inspection done first.

Customer: replied 9 months ago.
ok thanks.
Expert:  Skyvisions replied 9 months ago.

You are welcome.