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How long did your original automatic transmission last?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Hansel, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. Jul 4, 2013 at 3:39 PM
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    Hansel

    Hansel [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Recently bought a base 2003 Taco with a 2.4 liter engine and automatic tranny. Normally I prefer standard shift, but the truck came that way.

    How many miles did your original automatic transmission have on it when it failed?

    I normally change ATF every 20k to 30k miles? When do you change yours?

    Happy Fourth of July
     
  2. Jul 4, 2013 at 3:44 PM
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    Fenwick1993

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    My truck is still going on the original tranny. Rebuilt engine, but the tranny and body are just over 144k. No problems yet, even though the previous owner (the one who destroyed the engine) dogged the mess out of it and never maintained it. Shifts perfectly, haven't had a problem with it yet!

    Edit: The ATF was changed when I rebuilt the engine, so it's got about 140 miles to it so far. :D
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2013 at 4:19 PM
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    tacoma04

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    Mine has about 163,000 on it and never had a problem. I don't go by mileage. I go by the color and smell of the fluid. But then I don't tow or do hard off-roading or anything like that.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2013 at 6:44 PM
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    Change fluid regularly, goin strong at 225,000
     
  5. Jul 5, 2013 at 12:12 AM
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    Over 250,000 miles. Just drain 2 qts at every oil change, then replace/renew. Flushed every 100,000 miles. No filter replacement.
     
  6. Jul 5, 2013 at 3:32 AM
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    Yamaha Dave

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    I'm on my original automatic transmission and I'm at 130K miles. :kona:


    As others have said, keep an eye on the fluid levels and change it when its due and you should have no issues.
     
  7. Jul 5, 2013 at 6:20 AM
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    swdockter

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    About 55 miles away from 240,000. I flush tranny every 50K or so. I do like the idea of dumping a couple courts at oil change. I might start doing that on my old girl. That track workeked it's a$$ off this weekend hailing gravel, top soil and a load of landscaping pavers. Still runs and shifts great (....knocking on wood.....).

    My moto...flush often and it can only help. Oil, radiator, and trans. I flushed rear end, front and xfer case to synthetic and left it in there until I had to replace a half shaft from a broken boot.

    Watch for specials and stock up. When the weather is nice, turn on the radio, grab a beer and flush something :)
     
  8. Jul 6, 2013 at 7:16 AM
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    good posts.

    No offense Tacoma04, but IMHO, if you wait til the ATF turns color or smells different, it may already have adversely affected the tranny. but being easy on the truck, as is your case, should definitely extend the service life of the fluid.
     
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  9. Jul 6, 2013 at 7:17 AM
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    Thumbs up on the synthetic recommendation. I use synthetic wherever possible. Cheap insurance
     
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    Mine went 160,000 without ever being serviced, have since done two drain and fills with Toyota type 4. Smoothed out alot and shifts better. At 170,000 now. My dad(previous owner) and me both tow boats with it since new. I have kinda just decided that a drain and fill once a year or so is sufficient. JMO.
     
  11. Jul 13, 2013 at 2:07 PM
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    200,000 on my OE tranny. Previous owner boosted at 30K, I bought at 140K. He used Redline synthetic, I changed to Amsoil synthetic around 160K. Never shifted luxury car perfect, but being a truck, used and having really really bad axle wrap, kinda just lived with it.

    Amsoil is rated at 100,000 mile service intervals, 50,000 if you run hard. I daily drive, boost some, and been wheeling lately. I didn't think its extreme but at 50K of fluid use I am noticing some nuances with the tranny- specifically a pretty good jolt when going into drive, and a hard 1st to 2nd gear shift at low speed--- and hella worse when in 4wd low (whip-lash bad). Upon inspection of the fluid with a white napkin, it looks fricken brand new- major props to Amsoil.

    Will drain the fluid, probably drop the pan and change the filter and see if things feel better. If its not dramatically better, I'm pouring Lucas tranny fix in- reading great stuff about it (except I don't have leaks, I do not like the idea of adding an additive that swells the seals). Eventually I want an IPT done-up tranny.
     
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    258,000 miles, and running strong. Got it's 1st flush at about 150 thousand and it's 2nd flush at about 251 thousand. Never tried the drain and refill, always did a full flush.
     
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    I currently have 93k on mine. Should I get a full flush at Toyota or is it to late. The fluid is a dull red color and transmission runs great only shifts hard when it's real cold out.
     
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    I would, not at Toyota though. I couldn't imagine what Toyota would charge. My truck at the local garage was almost 300 dollar for a flush!

    When it was time for my wifes car to get flushed, I called Toyota about a flush for her Solara. They wanted 279.00 to do it. I called the local garage they put a full synthetic fluid it flush and filter for 158 dollars. Next time my truck needs a flush I'm going to call Toyota to see how much they want, just to see how much more they want.

    I'm not sure why the truck was so much more expensive except maybe the labor took longer.
     
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    200,000 Miles on my 99 3.4 auto and running strong. I think it's been changed once. I just bought it last fall. Beat and battered truck...
     
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  18. Nov 11, 2013 at 7:11 PM
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    I would consider the following advice by another poster. I would give similar advice.

    I personally change mine a little at a time, ie drain the pan and fill, as necessary. I personally change tranny fluid a little more often than by the book, because its cheaper than a rebuild.


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    ---Quote (Originally by Smardt Turbocor)---
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    It's like this. Once all torque convertors had a drain plug. Then the manufacturers took them out "to save money". In the transmission shop where I worked in Montreal, we drilled a 1/8" inch hole in the bottom and after the fluid was drained we cleaned the area and inserted a STEEL 1/8" rivet with epoxy to seal the hole. Trust me, no leaks afterwards.

    You also could have drilled out the hole and tapped it to retain a square plug. It costs $$ to drill holes and put plugs in them. Any shavings on the inside were trapped in the outside of the torque converter. Yes !

    So, almost nobody drains the torque converter separately, anymore. Total system flushing is fine if the fluid is brown or black, BUT YOU MUST DROP THE PAN AND CHANGE THE FILTER AT THE SAME TIME. Why ? because fresh, new fluid is highly detergent and will scour the interior of the transmission like soap on kitchen dishes. Everything breaks loose.

    BUT partial changes are also good. Remember, if you are using PREMIUM fluid, you are renewing additives.

    Just change the fluid ( especially if it is brown or black every year or two until the fluid is bright red like the original. (Tip: that renews seals)

    Other than that, you are arguing whether the right or left wing of an aircraft is more important in flight.
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    Rep'd buddy. Dropping some transmission knowledge on our asses!
     
  19. Nov 12, 2013 at 5:40 PM
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    237k on my 2003 still working and only changed the fluid once.
     
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