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How to check ATF?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by ywen, Oct 27, 2010.

  1. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:27 PM
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    ywen

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    How to properly check ATF? I searched.. couldn't find anything

    Thanks.
     
  2. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:30 PM
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    Andrew H

    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    Its a sealed tranny.
     
  3. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:31 PM
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    steve o 77 braaap

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    not on first gens, I think.
     
  4. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:32 PM
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    Andrew H What is this "search" you speak of?

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    oh shit my bad I didn't see that.
     
  5. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:33 PM
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    I don't have the manual.. how long to leave it on to consider it warmed up?

    Yeah no I dont have a sealed tranny.
     
  7. Oct 27, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    till it reaches operating temperature:D
     
  8. Oct 27, 2010 at 6:44 PM
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    Wouldn't this type of info be in the FSM located at the top of the 1st Gen page marked STICKY :rolleyes:
     
  9. Oct 27, 2010 at 6:48 PM
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    Why would something as basic as checking the ATF take up room in the FSM? Would checking the engine oil and air filter be in the FSM as well? :rolleyes:
     
  10. Oct 27, 2010 at 7:00 PM
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  12. Oct 27, 2010 at 7:09 PM
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    I was looking in my owners manual and there is nothing regarding checking the fluid ( ATF ) level.WTF! I am going in for a flush and wanted to make sure the tech didn't over fill it, I did check it hot in park so I have an idea where its at.
     
  14. Oct 29, 2010 at 9:00 AM
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    What's the symptom of overfilled?

    I just checked the ATF immediately after pulling into my garage with the truck running and having shifted through all the gears... the level is slightly above the HOT range.

    Do I need for it to settle a bit before checking?
     
  15. Oct 29, 2010 at 11:50 AM
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    30 min cool down is ideal...after extended driving at high speeds, in hot weather, in heavy traffic or pulling a trailer...
     
  16. Oct 29, 2010 at 4:00 PM
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    i don't think any tacomas have a sealed tranny, I could be wrong but I think that little round cap pops off and there is a dipstick under there.
     
  17. Oct 29, 2010 at 4:08 PM
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    I have herd mixed reviews (ok bad experiences) on flushing your tranny. talk to tacomaman06, he knows his stuff!
    My dad has been a mechanic for 40+ years and flushing is a call for disaster! Drain and refill 2 or 3 times in 500 mile intervels and you are good to go for another 30k. If its really bad drop the pan and clean the screen. just my .02
     

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