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Auto Trans Oil Change 2002 Tacoma 2.4l?

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Barnone, Mar 20, 2010.

  1. Mar 20, 2010 at 7:43 AM
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    Barnone

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    I did a search on this forum to find info but didn't get a hit so...
    I have a 2002 Regular cab 2.4l with the auto trans that I bought new in 2001.
    Thanks
     
  2. Mar 22, 2010 at 8:45 PM
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    Wrencher86

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    What are you asking? Regular change interval is usually 30k.
     
  3. Mar 23, 2010 at 8:38 AM
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    Barnone

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    Wrencher,
    Sorry for my confusing post. i read my owner's manual and it only states a trans fluid change at 30k intervals for towing,dusty,etc conditions. Since I have only tow a very light load (motorcycle trailer) a few times I haven't changed the fluid. I am coming up on 90k miles so I'm thinking about changing the fluid. Should I pull the pan and change the filter also?
    Thanks
     
  4. Mar 23, 2010 at 12:11 PM
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    Barnone

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    I went ahead and ordered the trans filter/gasket kit and will do the pan drop..
     
  5. Mar 23, 2010 at 4:49 PM
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    Wrencher86

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    It's cool. I just didn't know what you needed. Changing the fluid every 30k is a good idea no matter what conditions you drive in. I don't know about Toyota trucks but the cars don't have a lot of flow to the coolers and the fluid seems to break down a little faster than most other cars.

    Doing a fluid change at this mileage is kind of a gamble, though. ATF is a high detergent oil and with that many miles on it there might be build up in the trans that could get washed off and clog a port or cut a seal. I've heard of severe cases using a fluid exchange machine and it actually washed the friction material off of the clutch plates.

    It's not a guarantee or anything. Just a heads up.
     
  6. Mar 24, 2010 at 12:01 PM
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    Barnone

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    Wrencher, thanks for the info.

    I just change the auto fluid. Thought I would do a two step for a kinda semi flush. I checked it before the drain and it was right on the hot mark.
    I measured the fluid and got 2 quarts 1/4 pint out. The manual states a 2.5 quart capacity so I got most of the old fluid out.
    Kinda interesting, I just drove about 30 miles before the fluid change and the fluid was only a little warm. Guess the cooler is doing it's job. Oil did not smell bad after 90k miles,
    When ahead and changed the rear differential oil while I was under the truck. It had a magnetic drain plug?
     
  7. Mar 25, 2010 at 8:55 AM
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    dually

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    There is close to 9qts of ATF in these trannys. I wouldnt worry about doing a simple fluid change, since you're only draining about 1/4 of the fluid.
     
  8. Mar 28, 2010 at 6:47 AM
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    Barnone

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    dually,
    Thanks for the info. I reread the owner's manual and the 2.5 quarts is for a drain so like you say I only changed out 1/4 or so of the total capacity. I've had this 2002 since new and you would think I would know more about it but it has been so trouble free that I just do the service by the book.:)
     
  9. Mar 28, 2010 at 5:24 PM
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    dually

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    Ha very true!
     
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