Hi. My husband, roommate, and I are planning to replace a botched tranny pan on our 2004 tacoma prerunner 4 cyl 3RZ engine. The tranny pan is to get to San Diego this Tuesday for some odd reason the dealership said it's back ordered. I am new and learning how to maintenance cars. But my roommate is an expert who will be helping me. My husband..is not so much of a guy who likes to works on cars.
Meanwhile, I have been reading the Haynes manual, Toyota factory manual, and watching youtube videos on how to get a new tranny pan on. While getting the new pan on, we will also be changing the tranny filter while we are up there.
In the manuals, they mention using RTV (the generic) or FIBG (toyota genuine) sealant to act as a gasket/sealant. But in some of the youtube videos of people working on their tranny pan, they are using the NAPA tranny filter and rubber gasket. Not so much of the sealant.
For example: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pYkF6osAL6I, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoInC_ueluM
Is it better to use RTV/FIBG as the gasket or a rubber gasket from NAPA? What are your experiences as to what works best? I know the RTV/FIBG stuff can be a pain and messy to get off while the rubber gasket appears much cleaner and neater. But at the same time, I don't want tranny fluid to be leaking and have to drop the pan again.
I have also seen people on Youtube cleaning the sealant off the pan, then reapply the RTV or whatever, then seating a rubber gasket lining up the holes. I have already purchased a Toyota Genuine filter which does not come with a rubber tranny gasket and Toyota's FIBG. But returning Toyota's filter even after a 15% restocking fee and getting Napa's filter with the rubber gasket would save me $10.