Although the Toyota Pickup and Toyota Tacoma were bestsellers in their respective segments, the high-volume sales of the fullsize truck category still eluded the Japanese automaker. Their initial attempt was the Toyota T100, and that was a giant flop. The first generation Toyota Tundra XK30/XK40 did quite a bit better, but it still lacked the overall size and capabilities of a big American truck. To fix that, the second generation Toyota Tundra XK50 was bigger and more capable in every way. To back up its brawny new image, a new 6–speed AB60E transmission was put behind the equally new 3UR-FE 5.7L V8 and 1UR-FE 4.6L V8. The Toyota Tundra AB60F transmission was put in four-wheel-drive models, and allowed for connection to a transfer case. Although they work fantastic, AB60E transmission problems do still happen. So let’s find out what you can do about them.
Toyota Tundra Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate
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Replacement Toyota Tundra Transmission Prices:
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What are the DTC codes related to Toyota Tundra AB60E transmission problems?
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0711||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0712||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Low Input|
|P0713||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit High Input|
|P0717||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0722||Output Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal|
|P0724||Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit High|
|P0729||Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio|
|P0748||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Electrical|
|P0751||Shift Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0756||Shift Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0761||Shift Solenoid 'C' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0766||Shift Solenoid 'D' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0776||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0778||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0894||Transmission Component Slipping|
|P0973||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit Low|
|P0974||Shift Solenoid A Control Circuit High|
|P0976||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit Low|
|P0977||Shift Solenoid B Control Circuit High|
|P0979||Shift Solenoid C Control Circuit Low|
|P0980||Shift Solenoid C Control Circuit High|
|P0982||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit Low|
|P0983||Shift Solenoid D Control Circuit High|
|P0985||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit Low|
|P0986||Shift Solenoid E Control Circuit High|
|P2714||Pressure Control Solenoid D Performance or Stuck Off|
|P2716||Pressure Control Solenoid D Electrical|
|P2742||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor B Circuit Low|
|P2743||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor B Circuit High|
|P2757||Torque Converter Clutch Pressure Control Solenoid Ctrl Circuit Performance or Stuck Off|
Toyota Tundra Transmission Recalls
XK50 Toyota Tundra Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
TC017 – 07 – DTC P2714 with transmission performance DTC’s
2007 Toyota Tundra
Problem – Erratic transmission shifting
Solution – Install remanufactured AB60E transmission and update ECU software
TC018 – 07 – Torque converter shudder
2007 – 2008 Toyota Tundra AB60E
Problem – Intermittent shoulder when the torque converter is in lockup mode
Solution – Install revised design torque converter
TSB 0055–08 – ATF leak from driveshaft yoke
2007 Toyota Tundra AB60E
Problem – Small transmission fluid leak coming from the driveshaft yoke
Solution – Replace driveshaft assembly and center bearing (depending on body configuration)
TSB 0170-09 – AB60 transmission C1 clutch damage
2007 – 2009 Toyota Tundra – 2008 – 2009 Toyota Sequoia
Problem – Drivers may experience transmission slipping or harsh shifting, with one or more of the following DTC’s; P2714, P0751, P0756, P0761, P0766, P0729, P0781, P0894, P2757, P0776.
Solution – The C1 clutch assembly may need to be replaced, and the ECU will need to be reprogrammed with the latest software version.
TSB 0277-09 – Check engine light illuminated with DTC P0705 – AB60E transmission
2005 – 2009 Toyota Tacoma
Problem – Some owners may notice a check engine light illuminated the gauge cluster, along with symptoms such as delayed engagement of reverse or drive. Engaging park or neutral may also be usually harsh. A P0705 diagnostic trouble code may be stored in the ECU.
Solution – This issue may be caused by corrosion in the engine room main wiring harness and junction block no. 1. To fix the problem, the wiring harness will have to be replaced (Toyota quotes a labor time of 4.5 hours, FYI).
TSB 0078-08 – Check engine light illuminated with a number of transmission performance DTC’s – AB60 transmission
2008 Toyota Tundra
Problem – Drivers may experience erratic shifting behavior, along with a number of diagnostic trouble codes that include: P0751, P0756, P0761, P0766, P0729, P0781, P0894, P2757, P0776.
Solution – A new/remanufactured AB60 transmission will need to be installed.
Common Problems with the Toyota Tundra Transmission
Sluggish gear shifts
Shuddering or jerking
Failed torque converters
Failed transmission fluid temperature sensors
Failed transmission range sensors
Failed turbine speed sensor
Failed output speed sensor
Failed TCC pressure control solenoid
Can I drive with a transmission problem?
The answer to this question really depends upon what kind of Toyota Tundra transmission problems you’re experiencing. Most of the time, you will still be able to drive. However, you should always consult a mechanic before the problem gets more expensive.
Recommendations for Toyota Tundra transmission issues?
To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Toyota Tundra transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.
How to Solve Toyota Tundra Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Toyota Tundra Transmission
If you just wanted to get back on the road quick, you could go down to the local junkyard and buy a used AB60E transmission. However, you don’t know how the previous owner treated that gearbox, nor do you know what kind of condition all the internal components are in. And if something does go wrong, that 30 – 90 day warranty from the junkyard is only going to get you a replacement transmission. It won’t cover the labor to install it.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Toyota Tundra Transmission
A better option would be to get a rebuilt AB60E transmission. But most mechanics will only take the transmission back to its original OE specifications, which leaves all of the factory design flaws still in play. In addition, most rebuilt transmission warrantees are only good at one, or a small number of shops.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Toyota Tundra Transmission
To get the most miles for your money, you’re going to need to install a remanufactured AB60E transmission. If you get one from a reputable company, every single component will be guaranteed to be OE spec or better. Modifications are often made to address known factory design flaws. And multiple quality inspections and dyno testing will ensure that your new transmission will work properly, right out-of-the-box.
What Problem Does Your Toyota Tundra Have?
Let us know the year, mileage and problem you’re having as well as any trouble (OBD) codes you’ve found. If you’ve been given a quote or paid for a repair, we’d like to hear about that too!