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Dirty Trans Fluid- Am I screwed?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by jking3002, Sep 3, 2011.

  1. Sep 3, 2011 at 6:40 AM
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    jking3002

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    Check the trans fluid today it was a medium brown color with almost no hint of red in it... Vehicle is a 00 3.4 with 110K on the clock. I have noticed some rough shifting into certain gears...

    What is the best course of action to take-

    1.) Taking it to have a trans flush or,
    2.) a DIY fluid/filter change by a drain, pan drop, clean and refill?

    Is it too late and the tranny is gone?
     
  2. Sep 3, 2011 at 6:45 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    I'd do a flush. The filter is actually just a strainer (wire mesh). A drain and fill will not replace all of the fluid. The flush will help get the older fluid out.
     
  3. Sep 3, 2011 at 6:48 AM
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    take it to the dealer have it flushed the drop the pan and add is a waste of money and time, ( why pour clean fluid into a dirty transmission ) I'de bet it smooths out after a flush, I had mine flushed for $ 149.00 look and see if your dealer has a service discount coupon on line.

    OEM fluid is the best, why chance mixing fluilds, I never use after market anti freeze or tranny fluid.
     
  4. Sep 3, 2011 at 6:17 PM
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    jking3002

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    Took it to my local dealer and had a flush. Afterwards, it still shifted a bit rough and the fluid was still kind of dark, but after a few hours of driving (was on a road trip today) the shifting was much smoother and the fluid looked pretty pink. I think in another 10k miles or so I might do another flush and see if it helps even more. Things are still a bit rougher then I'd like...
     
  5. Sep 3, 2011 at 7:34 PM
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    Wait, you still had dirty fluid after they flushed it? I'd be asking how much fluid they replaced.
     
  6. Sep 4, 2011 at 6:04 AM
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    It was odd- still had a slight brownish color after the flush, but after about 200 miles (when I next checked it) it looked pretty pink. Still looking pink today. I see what you're saying though, a flush should be a full replace so it *should* look pink right after...
     
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