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How-To: 6-Speed Manual Transmission Oil Change

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tamer, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. Mar 11, 2014 at 11:07 AM
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    Rupp1

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    Last time I did mine, I made a pretty good mess, even using a pump that I bought with my MT-90. I wonder if you could drain, then take off the console and shifter boot and fill with a funnel and some poly tubing? Mine is due soon, I'll see if it can be done.
     
  2. Jun 11, 2014 at 5:57 AM
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  3. Jul 7, 2014 at 1:36 PM
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    if i am changing my tranny oil and have a tranny cooler do i need mroe than 1.9 qts?
     
  4. Jul 7, 2014 at 2:51 PM
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    Do you have an auto with cooler?
     
  5. Jul 7, 2014 at 2:54 PM
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    Pretty damn easy. I done mine almost like oil changes.
     
  6. Jul 7, 2014 at 2:55 PM
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    you have cooler for the MT. Do you have picture of this ?
     
  7. Jul 7, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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    You're right its pretty easy. I've used a bunch of different methods / pumps to get the gear oil in before. The one I just used was by far the best I've tried. If you're looking for a pump try this one. I use some clear hose I had from a previous project and that also helped keep the spills down.
     
  8. Jul 7, 2014 at 3:12 PM
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    I have this

    http://motiveproducts.3dcartstores.com/1740-POWER-FILL-PRO-15-gallon_p_79.html


    Kinda pricey but well worth it.
     
  9. Aug 16, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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    I just did this today for the first time at 30,000 miles. I put in the Redline MT-90. I'm kind of baffled by all the people on here saying it improved their shifting so much. Mine feels exactly the same. I still randomly get light "grinds" going into the lower gears. I've driven this thing like a granny and most of my miles are on the highway.

    The old oil looked brownish and the magnet was full of sludge, so it's probably good that I did it.

    I HIGHLY recommend this oil suction gun. It worked flawlessly and the tube is the perfect diameter. It sucks up about half a quart per "gulp".

    http://www.amazon.com/OTC-2359-Oil-...=UTF8&qid=1408217054&sr=1-1&keywords=otc+2359
     
  10. Aug 16, 2014 at 1:45 PM
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    "improved their shifting" - it's the placebo effect but it's really maintenance - it's not to improve but to keep it working thus maintenance. I bought a gun that looked like that one but didn't work and someone bought one at work so I tried that - it sucked oil up but then the oil just ran out. Is there a technique involved like holding it in a certain position or something ? Thanks for any reply.
     
  11. Aug 16, 2014 at 1:51 PM
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    You're probably right about the placebo effect, lol.

    I just held the end of the hose upright so none would dribble out.
     
  12. Aug 16, 2014 at 2:18 PM
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    I did mine this morning. I currently have 6,800 miles and after driving it for just a few miles definitely feel a difference. 3rd is much easier to engage. FWIW, if you don't have metric sockets that go up to the size of the plugs, a 15/16" six pointed socket fits just fine.
     
  13. Aug 16, 2014 at 2:39 PM
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    Thanks for the reply. I'm a little older and I find it helpful to hold the end of the hose upright so none will dribble out:rolleyes:
     
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    would someone please help me i got a 89 toyota pickup i put new wires plugs, rotor button but i can; get it to fire what do i need to do.....bcrufus
     
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    Haha! Someone else might have experience with a good pump, but I thought that gun was great for the price.
     
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    What is the reasoning for this?
     
  17. Sep 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM
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    I just changed out my tranny oil again (only ~8000km old, Penzoil or GM syncromesh oil I think) because it felt inexistent when shifting gears. Basically felt like straight metal on metal! I ended up putting in Royal Purple Syncromax because it was on sale for the same price as Redline MT ($15/quart, reg $45/quart). So far after driving around for a day, I can confirm that it's smooth and not grinding in any gears. Paired up with the TRD short-shifter kit I just put in and it feels pretty damn good. :yay:

    PRO TIP: I tried filling my tranny without a pump by attaching some clear tubing to the nozzle of the bottle and running the line as horizontal as possible into the transmission. HORRIBLE IDEA! Made a huge mess of both me and my driveway. I picked up a cheap hand pump for less than $10, poured the oil into a container, stuck one end of the pump in it and the other end in the transmission and was done in no time.

    TLDR; Don't attempt this without a pump.
     
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    Thread revival, whats the break in period for the 6 speeds? I really want to change to Mt-90, but want everything broken in first...i was thinking at least the first 5k miles before i start changing fluids
     
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    I honestly don't know if there is a break in period for the first fluid change but I changed mine at about 5-6000 miles. The Core shifter lets you hear gear noise that the stock shifter didn't. After the MT-90 most of the gear noise was gone. I still get gear "whine" but no rough sounds like when the stock fluid was in there.
     
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