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Old 03-23-2013, 04:42 PM   #1
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Change transmission fluid or not?

First off I'm new to the forum.....thanks for having me!

I just purchased an 02 Tacoma Double Cab 4wd v6. I got the truck at a good deal and it is excellent cosmetic condition. The lady I purchased it from has changed the timing belt & other maintenance on time with the exception of the transmission fluid (really don't understand why though). The truck has 195k miles and has never had the trans fluid changed. i normally would run the other way, but its a really nice truck. I plan to get the trans fluid changed this Friday at the dealer and get them to add a container of Lucas trans fluid as a precautionary measure. If it was your truck what would you do? Thanks in advance for your help!
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Tough call. Me?....I would leave it. At almost 200k on original fluid, there is a good chance new fluid could cause issues
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Welcome aboard from the High Desert of Central Oregon! If it was me i'd just do a few drain and fills in a row over the next 1000 miles. I've read complete flushes aren't a good idea at that high of milage.
Sounds like a nice truck... be sure to share a few pictures.
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Maybe a drain and refill with new filter. Not sure I'd flush
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:57 PM   #5
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what mossy said x2 ^
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Just drain and fill a few times to get the fluid clear.
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So with the drain and fill.....would you have the dealer do this or do it yourself? What's your thoughts on the Lucas additive? Thanks again.....
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Yep drain and fill it several times until you pull the dip stick and wipe it on a towel it is clear/translucent. All you need is some ATF Dex III/IV.
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Changing the fluid is not going to hurt it, and its not going to hurt to add lucus.
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Changing the fluid is not going to hurt it, and its not going to hurt to add lucus.
I agree with Dando !!

Newer transmissions use electrical solenoids rather than mechanical shift valves that were used in older automatics .
There are far less things to go wrong with newer transmissions in comparison to older transmissions . Solenoids dont normally get stuck ...shift valves will stick .
Flushing all the fluid is highly recomended .
You are better off replacing the fluid that has lost all the friction modifiers than to worry about sticking some of the mechanical valves in the valve body . Lubeguard should also be used as a supplement .
http://www.lubegard.com/~/C-113/LUBE...ATF+Protectant
I would not promote Lubegaurd if it didnt work
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I asked same ? few months ago. (135k). Fluid was dark. My dipstick says dexII. I did 2 drain refills and plan on dropping the pan and replacing filter and fill'n it up for good sometime soon. Drains usually about 4qts (book says 2.5 or something).

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I agree with Dando !!

Newer transmissions use electrical solenoids rather than mechanical shift valves that were used in older automatics .
There are far less things to go wrong with newer transmissions in comparison to older transmissions . Solenoids dont normally get stuck ...shift valves will stick .
Flushing all the fluid is highly recomended .
You are better off replacing the fluid that has lost all the friction modifiers than to worry about sticking some of the mechanical valves in the valve body . Lubeguard should also be used as a supplement .
http://www.lubegard.com/~/C-113/LUBE...ATF+Protectant
I would not promote Lubegaurd if it didnt work
I have heard nothing but good things about Lubegard....thanks for the info!
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where in NC are you ? i can hook you up with amsoil trans fluid at dealer cost
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where in NC are you ? i can hook you up with amsoil trans fluid at dealer cost
Eastern NC.......30 min east of Greenville.....
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im origionally from gvagus and my mom still lives there, im headed there this weekend and will be around the Winterville/Grifton area if you want some fluid, heck if you want you can change it in the garage at my moms yourself
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I'd change it, the diffs and transfer case, too.
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i can get you any amsoil fluid at cost, and can even help you change fluids if you like.

if interested lemme know so i can get an order in ASAP.

but as the poster above stated its a good idea to go ahead and change everything, if you like i can even get a blackstone labs oil analysis for ya
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Thanks for the offer......I am going to check with the dealer on Monday for costs and let you know......Thanks again!
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10-4 ill pm you my cell number. It takes about 2 days for stuff to come in
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Just drain and fill a couple times as there is no filter to change, only a screen. Couple drain and fills and good to go. Get 6 courts of mobile one synthetic 90wt and do rear diff, front diff, and transfer case.
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