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Change transmission fluid or not?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by ncbowhunter, Mar 23, 2013.

  1. ncbowhunter

    ncbowhunter [OP] Member

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    First off I'm new to the forum.....thanks for having me!

    I just purchased an 02 Tacoma Double Cab 4wd v6. I got the truck at a good deal and it is excellent cosmetic condition. The lady I purchased it from has changed the timing belt & other maintenance on time with the exception of the transmission fluid (really don't understand why though). The truck has 195k miles and has never had the trans fluid changed. i normally would run the other way, but its a really nice truck. I plan to get the trans fluid changed this Friday at the dealer and get them to add a container of Lucas trans fluid as a precautionary measure. If it was your truck what would you do? Thanks in advance for your help!
     
  2. Mossy

    Mossy Mechanic for Honda

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    Tough call. Me?....I would leave it. At almost 200k on original fluid, there is a good chance new fluid could cause issues
     
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    OffroadToy The dog did it...I swear!

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    Welcome aboard from the High Desert of Central Oregon! If it was me i'd just do a few drain and fills in a row over the next 1000 miles. I've read complete flushes aren't a good idea at that high of milage.
    Sounds like a nice truck... be sure to share a few pictures. :)
     
  4. Mossy

    Mossy Mechanic for Honda

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    Maybe a drain and refill with new filter. Not sure I'd flush
     
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    what mossy said x2 ^ :)
     
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    Just drain and fill a few times to get the fluid clear.
     
  7. ncbowhunter

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    So with the drain and fill.....would you have the dealer do this or do it yourself? What's your thoughts on the Lucas additive? Thanks again.....
     
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    Yep drain and fill it several times until you pull the dip stick and wipe it on a towel it is clear/translucent. All you need is some ATF Dex III/IV.
     
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    Changing the fluid is not going to hurt it, and its not going to hurt to add lucus.
     
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    I agree with Dando !!

    Newer transmissions use electrical solenoids rather than mechanical shift valves that were used in older automatics .
    There are far less things to go wrong with newer transmissions in comparison to older transmissions . Solenoids dont normally get stuck ...shift valves will stick .
    Flushing all the fluid is highly recomended .
    You are better off replacing the fluid that has lost all the friction modifiers than to worry about sticking some of the mechanical valves in the valve body . Lubeguard should also be used as a supplement .
    http://www.lubegard.com/~/C-113/LUBEGARD+Platinum+Universal+ATF+Protectant
    I would not promote Lubegaurd if it didnt work
     
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    I asked same ? few months ago. (135k). Fluid was dark. My dipstick says dexII. I did 2 drain refills and plan on dropping the pan and replacing filter and fill'n it up for good sometime soon. Drains usually about 4qts (book says 2.5 or something).

    Good luck..
     
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    I have heard nothing but good things about Lubegard....thanks for the info!
     
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    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    where in NC are you ? i can hook you up with amsoil trans fluid at dealer cost
     
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    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    im origionally from gvagus and my mom still lives there, im headed there this weekend and will be around the Winterville/Grifton area if you want some fluid, heck if you want you can change it in the garage at my moms yourself
     
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    BUCKLE UP! It makes it harder for Aliens to pull you out of your Truck.
    I'd change it, the diffs and transfer case, too.
     
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    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    i can get you any amsoil fluid at cost, and can even help you change fluids if you like.

    if interested lemme know so i can get an order in ASAP.

    but as the poster above stated its a good idea to go ahead and change everything, if you like i can even get a blackstone labs oil analysis for ya
     
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    Thanks for the offer......I am going to check with the dealer on Monday for costs and let you know......Thanks again!
     
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    fireturk41 I like to break shit!

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    10-4 ill pm you my cell number. It takes about 2 days for stuff to come in
     
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    Just drain and fill a couple times as there is no filter to change, only a screen. Couple drain and fills and good to go. Get 6 courts of mobile one synthetic 90wt and do rear diff, front diff, and transfer case.
     
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