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ATF fluid choice/HELP ASAP PLEASE!!!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Idrivetoys, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Nov 20, 2010 at 3:10 PM
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    Idrivetoys

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    Okay so recently i flushed my Tacoma 2001 DC auto (drain and fill) with castrol for imports from Advance Auto and after serious hard shifting i did some researching and have found several threads where people say ONLY use Toyota T-IV or amsoil/mobil etc.


    ANYONE on here ever change with castrol for imports and have a problem?


    I need some input before i buy this transmission next week and swap it out, i had two shops check out my trans and both people said its higher pressure in the transmission than it should be. Does this sound right? Im sure a wrong viscosity liquid can cause pressure issues in a pressurized system so should i do a complete flush?? Thanks for your fast response!


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  2. Nov 20, 2010 at 3:11 PM
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    Id flush it and use what the manual calls for.
     
  3. Nov 20, 2010 at 3:31 PM
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    Okay so im east coast and its too late to talk to the local dealership so i called a CA dealership and explained the problem and was told that they solve several different transmission issues from transmission slipping, to hard shifting to wobbles from incorrect fluid. He said they typically charge $144 for a full flush. So monday im going to call my local dealership and try and get it done asap. my theory is even though its a gamble and may not fix it im about to drop $1,000 on a 40k mile trans and fluid anyway so maybe it will work out! wish me luck


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  4. Nov 20, 2010 at 7:02 PM
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    Anyone else wanna chime in?
     
  5. Nov 20, 2010 at 8:44 PM
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    I flushed with 53k and had Toyota do it, every time I try to save a buck it bites me in the ass, so I bit the bullet and payed Toyota, I never was a fan of switching fluids , same goes for coolant!
     
  6. Nov 20, 2010 at 10:25 PM
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    I had the dealership do a flush with no ill effects, except to the wallet. Truck had 86K on it at the time.
     
  7. Nov 20, 2010 at 10:46 PM
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    I did a Drain and fill on my 02 auto. with M1 synthetic ATF. And I helped with my hard shifts.
     
  8. Nov 21, 2010 at 2:03 AM
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    I bet your hard shifting is gone after you change the fluid. I always use oem trans fluid in toyotas. It is cheeper from the dealer than synthetic at discount auto parts.
     
  9. Nov 21, 2010 at 5:59 AM
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    I hope thats the case, I dont like spending over $1,000 on a salvage yard trans and fluid if $150 will do, what did the rest of you pay for a dealership flush?
     
  10. Nov 22, 2010 at 8:32 AM
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    just picked it up, drove about 5miles so far feels much better, ill know more when the engine is cold but it definitely helped a lot so far.

    $175 later, but thats better than a new trans
     
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    Had the dealership flush my tranny a while back & they used Valvoline Max Life.
     
  12. Nov 24, 2010 at 4:46 AM
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    Runs amazing, like a new truck now. Not sure if anyone else has had or will have this issue but castrol for imports was not good for my truck. i will probably do the dealership route or the home made flush from now on but with M1, amsoil or Toyota T-iv

    its so nice to have my truck back
     
  13. Nov 24, 2010 at 8:44 PM
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    I always use Valvoline Max Life. It's T-IV compatible.
     
  14. Nov 25, 2010 at 8:17 AM
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    Chemical compatibility is a measure of how stable a substance is when mixed with another substance.

    Why take a chance when a transmission overhaul can cost upwards $2500.00 just to save a few pennys! My $0.02
     
  15. Nov 25, 2010 at 9:38 AM
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    Make sure to recheck the fluid levels, as the FSM has it wrong on the amount of fluid needed, leaving it quite low if the tech just followed the book instead of bringing the trans fluid up to temp and checking/topping off.
     
  16. Nov 25, 2010 at 10:06 AM
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    I am pretty sure (please correct me if I am wrong) your truck calls for dex 2 or 3. Just look on the tranny fill cap. If it does do yourself a favor and don't put in T-iv. Just go to the dealership and they sell valvoline dex merc that will work just fine in your truck. I paid 3.99qt at my local toyota dealership. Truck took a hair over 4 quarts, do the drain and fill a few times 500 mile intervals till the fluid comes out cherry clean.

    Actually they told me that if i brought my truck in for a tranny service they would be puttin in valvoline dex merc!
    good luck
     
  17. Nov 25, 2010 at 11:04 AM
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    does anyone have a write up for the drail/fill on the auto tranny?

    does the same proceedure include the filter replacement?
     
  18. Nov 25, 2010 at 7:13 PM
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    Just do a little research. Maxlife is running perfectly fine in MANY T-IV transmissions. Valvoline would not recommended it if it were not ok to use.

    As far as saving pennies. Last time I checked the price of T-IV at the my local dealership, the Maxlife is more expensive by nearly a dollar a quart. I just prefer it.

    From Valvoline specs

    Recommended for use where the following fluids are specified:Ford MERCON®, MERCON® V, MERCON® SP and LV
    GM DEXRON, DEXRON II, III and VI
    Toyota and Lexus Type T, T-III, T-IV and WS
    Allison TES 295 and 389
    Nissan Matic-D, Matic-J and Matic-K
    Honda and Acura ATF Z-1 (except CVT)
    Mercedes NAG-1
    Mitsubishi Diamond SP-II and SP-III
    Kia SP-II and SP-III
     
  19. Nov 27, 2010 at 5:11 AM
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    I've heard horror stories about what has happend after people changed tranny fluid brands. I think there is a reason the factory uses a certain type, and you should not deviate from what is recommended. I've changed mine twice in 70,000 miles and put the stuff Toyota recommends back in it. Mine shifts great. Rumor is that the autotranny that is used for the 1st Gen trucks is a really great and reliable tranny. And i've seen trucks with well over 200K that is still shifiting and working great.
     
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    I recently purchased some MotoMaster ATF to top up my PS fluid...It says for use in vehicles previously service by Dexron III on the front and says suitable for use in vehicles requiring Dexron II on the back...Should I be using this type/brand? Thx Matt
     
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