LC200 tailshaft "clunk"

Submitted: Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 00:34
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LC 200 series
When mainly driving around town when you stop at an intersection and start to move off, we have been experiencing a "clunk" we feel is in the tail shaft, (sounds like a broken uni joint)
Toyota are suggesting that maybe the rear tailshaft is over greesed, which is not allowing full movement.
This we feel is a bit "suss" as when you are driving over humps, ramps ect the tail shaft is going to have more movement, why isn't there a big "clunk".
Any other owners had the same problem as toyota sent an-email to most dealers advising that it could be a problem.
Their solution is at dearlership - pull greese nipple out, jump up and down on towball a few times and replace nipple.
Fantastic if it fixes it, sounds too good to be true.
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Reply By: Yogi and Muffin - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 00:57

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 00:57
Hi Bonnidowns,

Yes, we have the same problem. Was not sure what to make of it and was going to contact our dealer. I would be interested if any other owners have noticed this.
Yogi & Muffin

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Reply By: Bonnidowns - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 01:03

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 01:03
Ours is booked in on Wednesday,
Will advise after we drive it home if fixed
(should be positive it will be fixed)
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Reply By: Noosa Fox - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 03:56

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 03:56
Could I suggest that you check the security of the wheel nuts.

Had a similar problem with my brother's Falcon last year and when we took it to the mechanic found that someone had tampered with the wheel nuts and it was the movement in the rim on the studs that we were hearing.

Luckily only had the embarrassment to deal with.

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Follow Up By: Bonnidowns - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 05:18

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 05:18
we've looked on the LCOOL site for toyota and there is a general discussion on this, but nobody has any answers. will wait to see.
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Reply By: Neil and Linda - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 04:52

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 04:52
I to have experienced this clunk although we have now clocked up 8000 klms and it seems to be disappearing. I haven't recieved an email yet but will have it serviced soon and will suss it out then.

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Reply By: Mumbles & Mur - Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 07:37

Friday, Feb 01, 2008 at 07:37
Probably not relevant to this discussion, but with our 100ser, any time I braked for lights etc and maintained pressure on pedal too, and at rest, when released to move off the transmission occasionally clunked as if it just dropping down to a lower gear to accelerate.
Never had it seen too and after 200k's it still did it and never caused any problems in the interim. Unloaded it now so if it is a problem, it's someone else's worry.
But I doubt it.


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Reply By: Wherrol - Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 15:53

Saturday, Feb 02, 2008 at 15:53

Yes we have it too. According to Toyota mechanic this is a common problem. He just greased it up and away we went. Sounded fine for the next 2000km, and then you guessed it, noise is slowly coming back.

We have only done 6800km in our Cruiser.


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Reply By: 11-UPS - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 08:01

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 08:01
Always been of the opion that should never buy anything first off blocks wait for second one after all the GREMLINS have been sorted out. I guess I must be right.

Don't know how mechanical minded yous are but try getting under it and grab hold of each side of the spline (in tailshaft front and rear)and see if there is any movement (common problem in '75 series when not serviced properly),also try backlash in diffs, has to be a cause there somewhere

It's a hard one unless you have a vechile to look at. A harder one is trying to get a good mechanic.

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Follow Up By: NIK `N` OFF - Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:53

Tuesday, Feb 05, 2008 at 21:53
Sounds like it's no different to the constant 4WD 80 & 100 series, both had a slight clunk taken up by the drive train 'slack' some worse than others, some barely noticeable.
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Reply By: Bonnidowns - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 03:40

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 03:40
Well the car went to the dealer today and seems to be fixed.
Their response was that the shipment came over with not enough grease in tailshaft of all 200's. The solution was to put more grease in tailshaft, jump up and down on tow ball and replace grease nipple.
We will keep a close eye on things for a while but as I said it seems to be fixed.
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Follow Up By: 11-UPS - Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:24

Thursday, Feb 07, 2008 at 20:24
Wasn't far off the money at least it was an easy fix, always grease my tailsharfts every month religiously.Had a HJ75 before the 100 did lot of sand driving in it and always did all my own mechanicals so learnt a lot.It's still going strong the son drives it now has only done 700,000 K's

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Reply By: Richo - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 08:52

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 08:52
Hi LC200 Owners,

Notwithstanding all of the above, how good is the 200 series LC for towing Bushtrackers? How much better (performance/economy) is it than the 100 series (for those who upgraded 100>200)?

The specs suggest a quantum leap what is the reality??

I have a 100 GLX Diesel Turbo and I am considering a 200 upgrade. All feedback appreciated.


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Reply By: Bonnidowns - Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 23:21

Tuesday, Feb 19, 2008 at 23:21
We owned a stock standard Auto TD 2005 LC and pulled a 20 ft BT home about 600ks,
While it pulled it OK we lost power on inclines, you were conscious that you were pulling a heavy van all the time.
We now have the 200 series still stock standard and there is a marked difference between the two.
We went UP the 2 Moonbi's going 50ks p/hr (at their steepest) easily, noway in the old one.
plus with so much power the weight not as much an issue (although with safety would not go bigger) we have traveled many steep windy (gravel and tar) roads no problem
Although its an Auto we selected the gears in the lower speeds (up to 80ks) as we found that controlled the power better.
Both of us drove to share the driving, both of us pushed it, the fuel suffered a little,but we had fun in the hills
Ian & Sheryl
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