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  • Anybody with a new one having the tail shaft clunk ? My 2016 with 4k on the clock makes a very pronounced clunk or thump from the driveline, usually when going into reverse from park, will raise it at the first service.

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    • There is an upgraded tailshaft which eliminates the problem, but very hard to get Toyota to fit it. I had one fitted very early on and haven't had issues since.
      [B]Steve[/B]

      2010 Silver GXL Prado 150, D4D Auto, with a few non standard bits

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      • I've got a 2014 150 DVD and have noticed a clunk. I previously had a 2012 150 Altitude and the tailshaft was replaced. This one is slightly different. With the 2012 model the clunk was when coming to a stop or when driving forward after reversing. This one I have noticed when coming to a roundabout and easing off the throttle not coming to a stop then the clunk happens when pushing the accelerator again. It seams to be getting worse. I thought this was meant to be fixed on the update model. Has anyone else had the same problem on a 2014 Prado.

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        • That's not the hesitation people are talking about is it ?? Where it can't make up its mind and isn't sure what gear to go in ??
          Face lift 150 Prado V6 auto. No mods yet

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          • Yes it could be I haven't seen the posts on Hesitation…. I originally thought the noise was with the gear box and mentioned it to Toyota. Of course they were unable to find anything. I'd say it's happened about 15 times in the last 1 1/2 years and usually very slight however tonight it was much worse and louder than usual very similar sounding to the tail shaft issue. I'll try and find the Hesitation posts and see what it's about.

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            • http://www.pradopoint.com/showthread...0rpm+flat+spot
              try post 17.
              Face lift 150 Prado V6 auto. No mods yet

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              • Originally posted by Nik83 View Post
                So is this an issue with the facelift 150s too? I get a clunk in the rear every time I nowstart or stop, also when the car goes diagonally across a driveway ramp/curb. I took it to a suspension expert the other day and they had a look and made confirmed everything was tight. They aren't Toyota experts though so I suspect this is the issue. Kinda annoying that this is happening at 16,000kms. Though I noted I was hearing it when going fwd/reverse and vice versa about 1500km ago. Ergh.
                Mine is March 16 build, has 1500km on it and has had a clunk from the first drive home on deceleration, or coasting to acceleration. Dealer said it's normal but regreased and topped something up at first service. Still does it of course.

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                • Pretty sad that Toyota hasn't fixed this problem since it was an issue since the 80 series land cruisers in the late 80's.....
                  Face lift 150 Prado V6 auto. No mods yet

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                  • Guys, read some of the earlier posts. I had a problem in my 2012 Altitude after about 5000km. Went to the dealer and they found a Toyota Bulletin which said if the customer complains, just grease it unless the customer insists then install the new tail shaft. I haven't had any problems since new tail shaft installed. If you go to the dealer, ask them to get the bulletin out and INSIST on the new tail shaft. If you are still in warranty, you must do this.
                    2012 Crystal Pearl Prado Altitude 150 Diesel Auto. Toyota mats and rear rubber mat. Toyo Open Country AT2's 265 65 R17 LT. OEM nudge bar. dual battery set up with Optima D34, rear power points front and rear Anderson plugs. Lightforce LED combi light bar. Kingsley side steps. Outback Ideas recovery points. Dr Air Pro 150 ltr air compressor. ARB 60 ltr fridge. GME 3550s UHF radio. Hema HX1.

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                    • Thanks Steve
                      I've been trying to replicate it the last few days with no luck. It's booked in to Toyota for them to have a look at but I don't think they will be able to do anything unless I can make the vehicle do it on demand. It's more to have them log the complaint for future reference if needed.

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                      • Got the new tail shaft put in today! Took about 60,000km and complaining at every service. Even just on the drive home I noticed the difference! So much smoother in general, no jolts or clunks. Other than the irregular binds and general sloppyness the thing that bothered me the most often would be When I would hit the brakes while cruise control was on there would be a bit of a jolt /clunk, now it's super smooth!

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                        • Originally posted by SuperDavid View Post
                          Got the new tail shaft put in today! Took about 60,000km and complaining at every service. Even just on the drive home I noticed the difference! So much smoother in general, no jolts or clunks. Other than the irregular binds and general sloppyness the thing that bothered me the most often would be When I would hit the brakes while cruise control was on there would be a bit of a jolt /clunk, now it's super smooth!
                          This is our exact story and findings.
                          [size=2][color=red][u][b]2012 Pearl Altitude-D4D[/u][/b][/color][i][b]Windcheetah platform, Foxwing, TJM T13 bar,TMax winch, TJM sidesteps and bars, Outback drawers, Optima Yellow top, HR towbar, TX3540 UHF, GME Aerial, Airtec Snorkel, Lukey stainless muffler, 2inch lift, DVSR dual battery, MSA dropslide, HD ERPS, Cooper S/T maxx, Sandgrabbas, 40L engel, Lightforce XGT's, ChipIT, Provent 200, Racor R20T, Auto Cooler, Wetseat Covers, Roadsafe recovery points.[/b][/i][/size]

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                          • Originally posted by raydes View Post
                            just had my Prado serviced at Grand Toyota Wangara, they didnt grease the shaft or uni joints,, I asked why and was told by the manager they were greased at the factory and didnt need doing again.. ??? I said why do they have grease nipples then and I want them greasing. The car went back in the workshop for greasing. Maybe this is why the tail shaft clunk is happening.
                            Hi there, I just had the rear propellor shaft replaced today at the same dealer. It's had the "clunk" ever since I took it in for its first service and they have always said "common issue / regular service item / re-grease" it's a 2011 GXL we bought new from there and I've re-mentioned it at every service. This is the first time they have said the mechanics have looked at it and said it requires replacing. He saw in my history that I'd mentioned it several times before so he said they would cover it under warranty. In any event, he said the extended warranty would have covered it had I not continually reported it before. Just drove it home and it's now smooth as a baby's bum with no clunk! HAPPY DAYS!

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                            • my clunck

                              hi..bought my 2010 GXL in Nov 15 with 80k on clock. purchased a Genuine all care all responsibility Toyota extended warranty for $1700. no only done 88k....I take public transport to work.

                              in the 12 months I have had, all tail shafts replaced because of the clunk noise, a brand new transfer case, all engine mounts replaced, exhaust re secured and my under body protection straighten for $0....all under extended warranty..... great guys at Cranbourne Toyota..... great all care warranty...
                              Regards SAFTGT
                              2010 Prado GXL, Engel 40L drop slide, Dual battery, ARB CKMA12 Compressor, Micky Thompson.

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                              • From what I have read on this thread, all those that have been greasing up the uni's are you using the specified NLGi No.2 spec grease? I have been using a Castrol NLGI No.2 spec grease and noticed in the warmer weather this grease has melted out of the grease gun nozzle leaving an oil patch on my garage floor and the boxes it sits over, Even tho the manual states a NLGI No.2 spec grease has anyone tried something different, perhaps a high pressure grease bearing/CV grease?

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