Hey folks .
I try and assist with most transmission related questions at TW .
I wasnt sure how to word the post so all of you guys catch wind of the issue so hopefully the way its worded will attract your attention .
This post covers ALL YEARS of the 4 LITRE ENGINE WITH NO TRANSMISSION DIPSTICK
EDIT : UPDATE - DEALERS DO NOT CHECK THE FLUID WHEN THEY SELL YOU THE TRUCK
What I am finding as well as many others here at TW ,is 99 percent of the transmission complaints are caused by a low fluid condition . Shudders , delays , torque converter failure, solenoid codes caused by friction clutch sediment and premature transmission failure .
Some of you are lucky enough and the problems occur within the factory warranty timeline but others are finding out far too late and end up having to pay for a transmission overhaul . From what some of the members here have gathered , your brand new truck is possibly low on transmission fluid .
Toyota calls WS fluid a lifetime fluid and doesnt need to be checked .Its not a lifetime fluid . No fluid is lifetime . The only reason they called World Standard transmission fluid a lifetime fluid good for 100K was to get away from enviromental tax fees . Other manufacturers recommend changing their fluid much sooner and have to pay an enviromental fee for every vehicle they sell to the public . Sell a million cars and trucks and the enviromental fees add up quick . Toyota comes up with a lifetime fluid that is good for 100k and saves millions . They did not create a quality transmission fluid , they simply worded it to save enviromental fees . WS is no better than anything you get off the shelf in Walmart in fact even at Walmart you can purchase better quality transmission fluid than WS . Why did Toyota recently decide to change their transmission fluid replacement from 100k down to 60k ? .....far too many warranty issues
At this point in time we are not positive as to why your transmission is low on fluid or what YEARS are involved but can guarantee after reading this , some of you will find a low fluid condition .This post / poll is to make you aware that there is a problem with the transmission fluid level .
The transmission is built by Aisn Warner and considered a sealed unit meaning " NO FILL TUBE WITH LEVEL INDICATOR UNDER THE HOOD " its filled with enough transmission fluid and dyno tested to make sure it functions properly before it is shipped to Toyota for installation . Once at the Toyota factory , the transmission is then installed and additional components are added such as transfer cases for the 4 wheel drive version and transmission coolers for the towing package . Some take more fluid , some take less but Toyota has to follow a temperature fill guideline using the vehicle ECM and their Techstream scan tool .Not sure whats being overlooked here but some members are finding after a dealer transmission service , their transmission is "still " low on fluid when they perform a fluid check using the trucks on board diagnostic system at home .
Fortech created an excellent write up on how to properly check the fluid at home . If you are interested to see if your truck is low , click the link below and Remember that the engine has to be running when you check your fluid .
Here is the PDF from Toyota showing how to fill / check the fluid . Scroll down to page 18 for the details http://www.toyotatundraforum.com/pdf/A750E.pdf
And then read here http://www.purefjcruiser.com/docs/20...d/01600210.pdf
All we are looking for in the poll is to verify the condition and to possibly save the members here a few bucks .
Its unfortunate that you can only add to the poll for a week before it closes . Many many members are finding their fluid very low when checked using the two guidlines noted above . Some guys are reporting that their fluid level is fine and others are reporting the fluid level low . With this said , its hit or miss as things stand now .