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2008 2.7L Manual Transmission Drain/Refill Plug Location

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by rlofthouse, Jan 1, 2016.

  1. Jan 1, 2016 at 11:44 AM
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    Which side is the drain/refill plugs located?

    In looking under the truck, there seem to be two identical bolts, each located on the passenger and drivers side. Which one is the correct drain plug? Is the fill plug located on the passenger side?
     
  2. Jan 1, 2016 at 11:51 AM
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    Thanks,
    The diagram says the drain plug is located at the bottom of the transmission. Just went under the truck to confirm, and there is no bolt ?
     
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    Thanks for the follow up. Just went under the car again and believe I figured this out. Fill plug is on the driver side, drain plug on the passenger side. Does this sound about right?

    Guess I got confused with reading all posts about fluid changes. Some posts mentioned a hex key which confused me a bit.
     
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    I'm merely throwing up component diagrams. If there's no drain plug on the bottom and the one on the passenger side is lower than the plug on the left(fill plug I assume), you may be right.

    I would wait for someone who owns a 2.7 with a manual box to confirm before starting the work.
     
  7. Jan 1, 2016 at 12:34 PM
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    Will do. Thanks for the help
     
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    I've drained my 95 2.7 5 speed before, the fill plug was on the driver's side and the drain was on the bottom in the center. You can tell the right bolt because Toyota used 24mm bolts for fill and drain.
     
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    Thanks Speedytech.

    This truck is 2wd. Is there a front differential fluid I should change as well? Or is there only a rear.
     
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    Only rear if you are 2wd. Make sure to use GL4 gear oil in the transmission and GL5 in the differential. Both I think are 75w-90 and you can get a true GL4 oil from Redline or AMSOIL. And you can use any ol GL5 75w-90 in the differential.
     
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    Thanks Speedytech, you have been more than helpful. I got Redline MT-90 for the transmission. I will be purchasing some GL-5 (I believe redline makes one or Mobile 1) for the rear diffs.
     
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    You're quite welcome. I'm running MT-90 in my tranny as well, its decent stuff. I've been running Valvoline 75-90 in the differentials for a while. Don't bother with synthetic in the axles, there's no difference and synthetic gets water contaminated easier (hence why gearing companies like Nitro and ECGS recommend regular old dino oil for axles) synth is great for the tranny and engine though.
     
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    Any reason why there is a likelihood of water contamination?

    Also when draining/filing the transmission and rear diff, does it matter which one I drain/fill first?
     
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    I am no chemist but it has something to do with one of the ingredients in synthetic being hygroscopic. The differential is close to the ground and subject to far less stable conditions temperature and water ingress wise. Considering it may get dragged through a puddle causing it to cool and suck in moist atmospheric air or water. In all likelihood it won't matter for a daily driver, but for my truck which gets dragged through water, mud, and very cold temperatures its nice to have the peace of mind and since dino oil is cheaper that's kinda cool too. I'm just saying its not necessary to spend the extra bucks for the axle, you won't notice a difference unless you axle has pitted or poorly cut gears.

    Nope, just make sure you open the fill plug first, don't wanna find out the fill plug is stripped or stuck after you drained all the fluid out.
     

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