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Dealer says 100k trans flush?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by LVTacoma, Mar 19, 2010.

  1. Mar 19, 2010 at 1:15 PM
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    LVTacoma

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    Took the Tacoma down to the dealer to get a trans flush (66k) and the service writer said not to worry about it and get it only needs it at 100k... sounds like a few too many miles to not change a fluid of any kind when it comes to a vehicle. Anyone get thiers done at the dealer before 100k? I'd do it myself but I'm not a fan of flushing out 1/5th of the actual fluid if the dealer has a machine to fully flush it out. Any input will help. Thanks guys
     
  2. Mar 19, 2010 at 1:18 PM
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    I do alot of towing and hauling so I went ahead and had it done at 62k. Someone on here has a tread on what his fluid looked like after 60k compared to the new fluid color. It was shocking the old fluid was dark dark red, while the new fluid was a bright red. IMHO if you tow of haul alof of weight I would have it done at around 60k.
     
  3. Mar 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM
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    I believe many on here have. Have you tried a search? There is a detailed thread about how to do it yourself as well.
     
  4. Mar 19, 2010 at 1:22 PM
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    they're right... generally not needed unless there's a reason (unusal use, etc) until then. of course, it never hurts (well, sometimes they do a bad job, so it could) to do it earlier - but you are generally spending money needlessly doing it that early.
     
  6. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:12 PM
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    Just get into an arguement with your wife and open up the wrong plug. I call it the "Accidentae Preventitive Transmission Service" lol.
     
  8. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:17 PM
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    You might want to check with your mechanic. I called 2 different mechanics other than Toyota and they said they wouldn't touch my trans. because it was sealed and after the fluid was fluished you had to hook it up to a computer or something. I'm not sure if they just didn't want to mess with it or what, but I ended up taking it to Toyota and had them do it.
     
  9. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:26 PM
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    Ha, they have no clue what world class trans fluid even is, and if they use the Valveoline equivalent it still isn't the same viscosity as the world class stuff.

    This isn't a thing for someone with no knowledge to do
     
  10. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:36 PM
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    The 2 Gen. Tacomas have synthetic tranny fluid designed for 100,000 miles. I too wanted it done at 60,000 miles, (as I had it done then on my '01)... my service department assured me the new 2005+ trannys are fine for 100,000 miles... and when my '05 reached 100,000 miles I had it flushed... It never gave me a problem and I drive it hard on and off road... Calif. deserts and Baja California.
     
  11. Mar 19, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    so you know my mechanic?? you know what he uses? you know his background, his equipment?

    i can answer that for you if you like.
     
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    That's cool bud...I was just tryin to help. I prefer to do things my self cause its cheaper plus I'll know it was done right
     
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    good luck flushing it yourself.

    btw, i wasn't jumping on you about it, it's always good to know. i try to do certain things myself - it was just the guy was asking about flushing it.
     
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    Most mechanics

    happy ........... now go take your meds
     
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    If you don't do a lot of towing, i would wait until the 100k. Trans fluid is dyed red, eventually the dye runs out and it turns darker. Just bacause the fluid is darker than new doesn't mean there is a problem. Now if it's almost black and stinks really bad, that's another story.
     
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    My dealer says you should "service" the transmission every 60k miles and by "service" they mean to drain/fill the pan, not flush the transmission.
     
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    dude.. chill out - your the one assuming my mechanic is an idiot. my mechanic uses the same fluid toyota uses - i just checked. in the future it's a good idea to ask what fluid they're using before jumping on their back.
     
  18. Mar 19, 2010 at 3:18 PM
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    I was speaking in generalities and you go off because of some perceived slam against your mechanic ... do you like wrestling , gladiator movies , me thinks you are too close to your mechanic maybe
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    back on topic
     
  19. Mar 19, 2010 at 5:42 PM
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    I'm sure all he meant is that our Tacomas use a new Spec "WS" fluid and most independent shops aren't aware of that and use the older Toyota ATF Type IV.

    Not questioning your mechanic, but do yourself a favor and make sure he is aware that the required fluid is the new Toyota WS fluid, and that there is a very specific procedure to follow to ensure the fluid is at the correct level after refilling - even if a flush machine is utilized.

    We're only trying to help, and a new transmission is very costly. In the end its your truck and your choice.
     
  20. Mar 20, 2010 at 9:03 AM
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    This is NOT true with the '05 or newer automatics. The first service is at 100,000 miles now, and that is a complete flush/ change of the synthetic fluid. I get my trucks new and follow the warantee recommended servicing and all work is done at my dealership. The only thing I do more often is oil changes at 3,000 miles instead of 5,000 miles... not synthetic engine oil.
     
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