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Changing fluids, what do you fluids are you guys using

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Speed707, Nov 1, 2019.

  1. Nov 1, 2019 at 6:39 PM
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    Speed707

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    So I'm planning on changing my transmission fluid and diffs. What fluids do you guys recommend? Thanks in advance
     
  2. Nov 1, 2019 at 7:09 PM
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    Redline 90
     
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  3. Nov 1, 2019 at 8:11 PM
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    joe25rs

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    I see Amsoil, Redline and Mobil1 recommended around here frequently. In my travels around TW, it doesn’t seem like one brand in particular is the be all, end all.

    I will certainly be monitoring this thread for feedback and suggestions.
     
  4. Nov 1, 2019 at 8:19 PM
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    1997tacomav6

    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 625k

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    V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger, 2" pulley, methanol injected AC TRD supercharger,(MUST DO) TRD supercharger ported, rebuilt 3 times over 500,000 miles, every 125,000- 150,000 needs rebuild Projector headlights HID 5 speed manual Amsoil for all drive train Smaller 2” pulley,(300hp) (MUST DO) 2004 DESNO fuel injectors, zero ping ping, 2004 side door mirrors Dick Cepek Rims, Michelin tires LTX, ( that last 100,000 miles) Now running Dynopro ATM mud and snow tires KN cold air intake Cat back exhaust with ss exhaust tip, Raised exhaust tail pipe to 2" below body line Optima*dry cell battery,red top Alpine sirius radio, 200 watt amp, focal is165 split door pod speakers Focal door speakers Subwoffer behind seat Viper alarm, Electric Locks Dark tinted windows, 4runner bucket seats, Tacoma Rubber floor mats TRD fender extenders, Bilstien shocks chrome push bar, chrome nerf bars, add a leaf for rear springs trailer iv hitch, electric brake control, Drilled slotted brakes, High carbon steel (MUST DO) EBS green stuff 7000 series pads(MUST DO) TRD engine oil cap TRD stick shift, Rear sliding window 2002 4Runner functional hood scoop cut into Tacoma hood, 4Runner dual overhead map light Gentex Auto dim + Compass + Temp, garage,rearview mirror Corbeau bucket seats Snow Methonal kit stage 2 Champion 3 core aluminum radiator Linex bed liner
    I switched from Amsoil to Red Line on my transmission and it seems to work better make my gears feel like butter, with Amsoil 3rd gear always was a little hard to get into but after putting in Redline that disappeared over a few months of driving 5000 miles Or so, that's just my situation tho
     
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  5. Nov 1, 2019 at 8:22 PM
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    joe25rs

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    I need that butter ^. My gearbox is a bit notchy for my liking.
     
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  6. Nov 1, 2019 at 8:24 PM
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    I'll try to see if I can find some redline and give you guys an update on what I think, hopefully so day .
     
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  7. Nov 1, 2019 at 8:32 PM
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    i need stick with butter, too
    have sticky 2nd and 3rd, almost clunky, hopefully nothing worse is going on!
    running mobil currently almost 17k miles, guess i try the red line soon
     
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  8. Nov 2, 2019 at 6:03 AM
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    1997tacomav6

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  9. Nov 2, 2019 at 6:11 AM
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  10. Nov 2, 2019 at 6:24 AM
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  11. Nov 2, 2019 at 6:51 AM
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    do you think they missed replacing parts on mine? that was the part list they gave me and these were the parts returned

    it would probably take me at least that long to figure out how to get the whole console out and put back together properly afterwards since i have never removed it myself before, probably just 8 or 10 screws and untwist shifter knobs

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  12. Nov 2, 2019 at 7:01 AM
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    1997tacomav6

    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 625k

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    Once you do it’s very simple a few screws and punch type pins.

    Looks like you actually had the gasket fail so those parts are correct but you should have had the collar
    there too, I actually missed mine the 1st time because it looks like part of the inside hosing covered in grease

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  13. Nov 2, 2019 at 7:09 AM
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    and the collar is what will give a smoother feel to shifting between 1st/2nd/3rd ?

    because nothing much changed after these parts were changed
    especially when its cold its bad.
    it gradually gets better once I have been on the road for awhile and everything down in there warms up some
     
  14. Nov 2, 2019 at 7:51 AM
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    I replaced all the parts at the same time and fixed the issues I had before of stiff shifting except the 3rd gear that worked its self out with redline.
    If your in there you replace ALL the parts for the shifting there. It’s a 10.00 part.
    Would be silly not to replace that plastic collar
     
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  15. Nov 2, 2019 at 7:57 AM
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  16. Nov 2, 2019 at 8:00 AM
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    yes, i would agree with you
     
  17. Nov 2, 2019 at 7:53 PM
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    Yes Redline for the tranny and diffs. I really like Royal Purple for the engine oil.
     
  18. Nov 3, 2019 at 7:12 AM
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  19. Nov 3, 2019 at 7:15 AM
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    MT-90 75W90 GL-4 GEAR OIL
    • 75W90 GL-4 gear oil (similar to SAE 5W40/10W40 engine oil viscosity)
    • Popular in Nissan, Mazda, Mitsubishi, VW/Audi, Lotus Elise/Exige, Toyota, Mendeola transmissions and Atlas transfer cases for Off Road
    • Offers quicker shifts, perfect synchronizer coefficient of friction
    • Safe for brass synchros, as it lacks the reactive sulfurs found in most GL-5 oils that cause damage
    • High performance gear protection and longer synchro life
    • Eliminates notchy shifting, even when cold
    • Satisfies the gear oil viscosity requirements of 75W90, 80W90, 90 and motor oil viscosities of SAE 40, 10W40 and 15W40
    • Recommended for GL-1, GL-3 and GL-4 applications, as well as where most special synchromesh fluids are specified
    https://www.redlineoil.com/mt-90-75w90-gl-4-gear-oil

    the cold is the key for me

    $71 for a gallon and need 4.6 quarts?
     
  20. Nov 3, 2019 at 7:17 AM
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    1997tacomav6 V6 5sp,RegCab,TRD Supercharger,2"pulley,meth, 625k

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    Nope didn’t take photos of the overall picture

    This one is the inside after I cleaned it

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