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Old 09-15-2012, 09:16 AM   #1
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Transmission Fluid Change on '07 4-cyl Auto

So i found a write up on the manual transmission fluid/oil change and it looked to be pretty easy, but to my understanding the automatic is very different; mine is a manual and my dad's is an auto. I've been looking for tutorials and have read a few but am still unsure and don't want to screw up my dad's truck.

Can anyone advise for this year/model?

PS. He's almost at 80k miles
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:33 AM   #2
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Both are simple.

Automatic Trans Fluid Change:

-Open Hood, locate Tran dipstick and remove it.
(dipstick on D/S near firewall, orange tip)

-Locate Trans pan underneath truck. (If you need more detail I can provide, but I'm assuming you know the difference between the oil and trans pans)

-14mm socket, ratchet and small extention.
-Loosen 14mm bolt on trans pan
-Get a drain pan (one with measurements on the side is very helpful)
-Remove plug, let fall into pan, let fluid drain.
-Let it drain until it drips.
-Note amount of fluid removed
-GET THE DRAIN PLUG AND GASKET. (fish for it, pour fluid out over a grated material)
-Install drain plug and tighten. (Not sure on proper torque, but nice and snug, don't he-man it either, it'll strip out.)
-Using funnel in tran dipstick tube, add trans fluid, same amount that came out, should be around 2.9-3 qts.
-Use Castrol Multi-Vehicle Import Trans fluid, compatable with TIV fluid.

-Start vehicle, let idle for 30sec, shift through gears with a 30 sec pause in each one. Place in park/N, check level, add as needed. Do not overfill.

-Repeat steps if you'd like to go that extra mile on maintaince.

-Not a messy job. Drain hole faces straight down, should only really get fluid on your hand a little as you remove the plug to drain the fluid. Maybe some slight splatter of trans fluid as it drains into the bucket/pan/catch thingy.
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oh wow, thanks!

So I don't need the Toyota Certified Trans fluid?
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Old 09-16-2012, 04:02 PM   #4
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oh wow, thanks!

So I don't need the Toyota Certified Trans fluid?
Nope

This stuff.

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Old 09-16-2012, 04:07 PM   #5
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Just needs to be a Toyota type T-IV compatible.
Castrol is one, there are others. Check the label.
Personally, I'd just buy it from the dealership. It's not like it's being changed every 5000.
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So you think I could get generic gear oil for the rear differential?
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So you think I could get generic gear oil for the rear differential?
Diffs are standard... Mobil-1 75w90 synthetic is one of the best, use the appropriate LSD additive if your truck requires it (I'm not familiar with Toyota LSD, my Silverado's LSD was good without additive).
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