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ATF change???

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ETaco23, Feb 21, 2010.

  1. Feb 21, 2010 at 8:17 PM
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    ETaco23

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    Hey guys! Its about time for me do my ATF, and was wanting to know whats the best Fluid to use?
    ~should I go with a synthetic or not?
    ~Should I get a total Tranny Flush done or just a drain and fill?
    It has been serviced every 20-30K. And it just past 20K and I want to change it bc its been shifting kinda hard lately....
    Thanks!:D
     
  2. Feb 22, 2010 at 7:23 AM
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    Bump! Cooommmmme Oooonnnnn.......:D
     
  3. Feb 22, 2010 at 7:41 AM
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    If it were me.....

    I'd have a flush done and put MObile 1 synthetic ATF.
     
  4. Feb 22, 2010 at 7:53 AM
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    Glad you posted!! I was about to do the same thing. To bad noone has any info yet..huh
     
  5. Feb 22, 2010 at 9:15 AM
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    Drain and fill will do. Use Toyota type T-IV ATF or equivalent. If you've never serviced the tranny before and have over 100k miles, don't do a flush.
     
  6. Feb 22, 2010 at 12:38 PM
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    Just change the filter and fluid, use Mobil 1 ATF, good to go.
     
  7. Feb 22, 2010 at 2:23 PM
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    prolly a good idea to stick to the toyota t4 transmission fluid. when i did mine back year before last.....it took right about 5 quarts...but i dropped the pan and cleaned the filter screen. im about to go change mine(drain and fill this time) again here shortly.
     
  8. Feb 22, 2010 at 5:19 PM
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    Well If its a good Idea to get a flush done? I will go to my local Quick Lube bc they do good work and treat my truck with respect. Oh... And do you think its a good idea to switch to synthetic?
    Thanks guys!
     
  9. Feb 23, 2010 at 4:30 AM
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    A flush is an absolutely good idea - AVOID getting it done at a quick lube place. I can't stress that enough.

    There's a reason why they're called *Quick Lube*places. They're quick.... and lack the special care needed to make sure the job is done correctly!!!!!!

    So unless you're totally familiar with the process and will DOUBLE CHECK everything they've done with a fine toothed comb - AVOID the quick lube places!!!

    YES...go synthetic.
     
  10. Feb 23, 2010 at 7:27 AM
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    Cool.. thanks alot for the heads up, and help.

    Im not sure I want to get a Flush done bc of all the problems Ive read about after it was done. I was thinking to just change the fluid like every oil change until I basicaly I have 99% synthetic. Is that a good way about doing the switch?
     
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    In some cases....for those people who had problems with a tranny flush...is probably because their transmission hasn't had maintenance in long time. The flush removes & dislodges buildup that's been in there for far too long.

    Automatic transmissions have filters in them that should be changed.
     
  12. Feb 23, 2010 at 8:21 AM
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    I was told by dealer my 03 didn't have a true filter,they power flush,and re-fill only with T IV fluid.

    Is there a syn fluid for 03;s?
     
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    I heard its not really a filter, but more a debri(spelling) catcher...
    So where would be a good place to go to get my tranny serviced? beside the quick lube, and dealer...
     
  15. Feb 23, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    yeah.....its more of a screen than anything.

    diy man........just do a drain and refill. did mine yesterday....took 3 quarts. drained it when it was hot, filled when it was cold.
     
  16. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:01 PM
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    Cool, yeah thats what I was thinking about doing. But I also would like to switch to synthetic bc of my shifting under load has gotten harder... what do you think? good idea? If I do, what brand should I go with? Thanks!
     
  17. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:05 PM
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    amsoil has some atf that they "claim" is compatible with our transmissions.......but honestly, i'd stick with toyota's t4....and maybe get your tranny flushed.........or change your transmission fluid in 3 week intervals about 4 times....you'll basically have all new fluid in there.
     
  18. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:11 PM
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    K, thanks alot Will! :)
     
  19. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:12 PM
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    no prob man. btw....buy a case of the t4 at the dealership.....its cheaper that way instead of just buying it by the quart.
     
  20. Feb 23, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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    I think Im ganna switch to the M1 synthetic and give it a shoot... Seems it does pretty good, and I would like to see if it helps my shifting.
     
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