I'm new to the forum. I just wanted to introduce myself and ask a question.
I just bought a new 2013 Toyota Tacoma Regular Cab 4x4 a few weeks ago from a Toyota dealership in a nearby city. This is my first truck ever and I have to say I love the it!!!!!
The question I have is that a few days ago I was checking the automatic transmission fluid level using the dipstick and I noticed some slight surface rust higher up on the stick towards the plastic handle. I didn't see any rust lower down where the transmission fluid covers the stick. I was kind of surprised by this because I never saw anything like this on the 2005 Honda Accord V6 I traded in, but it used a cable for the dip stick. I've also never seen this on my wifes 2004 Toyota Corolla that we bought used several years ago with 60,690 Miles on the odometer.
I took the truck to the dealership today to have it checked out. The service manager looked at the dipstick and said it was normal for it to happen. When the dipstick is removed air is introduced into the dipstcik guide and condensation can form on the dipstick.
What he said makes sense so I'm going to clean the rust off of the dipstick when I get home and moitor it regularly. I figured that the truck may have been setting for a little while before I bought it and that is the issue, but I wanted to ask if anyone else has experienced this issue just to make sure it isn't a sign of something more serious.