I just had a drain and fill done. I had the mechanic drop the pan as well. He said about 5.1 quarts came out total. He put back in 5. I'm not sure if he drove it around before rechecking the level. But I have.
The truck shifts fine in drive, going through all the gears. But it seems a little slower shifting into to reverse. Just takes a few moments more.
I checked the level both hot and cold. When its cold, its between the cold and hot markers, so that would suggest it is overfilled. But when I drive it around for 10 minutes, shift it a few times from reverse to L, put it in neutral and leave it running, the dipstick shows a slight drop in level. Still between the cold and hot markers but closer to the cold. And that means underfilled.
Which is the true level? The cold check or the hot check? Does it make sense that the fluid level would drop when hot? I figured it would expand and should rise. Does it sound like I'm low? Could Toyota make the dipstick any harder to get all the way down?