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How to Drain/Refill Automatic Transmission

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Fortech, Dec 5, 2009.

  1. Dec 24, 2010 at 7:36 AM
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    Actually, I only have 57K on the odometer so I suspect that's right on par with the revised interval of 60K for the transmission change I saw on this thread. :) I never towed anything or off-road so I expect it to be relatively clean, but may be surprised either way. Like others though, I always thought changing the transmission fluid lead to problems before long and typically shyed away from it. However, I'm curious if nothing else to see what it looks like compared to the new fluid.
     
  2. Dec 24, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    That crossed my mine as well, but doesn't make sense if it leads to transmission problems down the road that result in pay outs by the factory warranty. I realize it's a numbers game either way and figure that it's perfectly OK (functionality/etc) to be down a quart or Toyota would otherwise fill it to the brim.
     
  3. Dec 24, 2010 at 10:35 AM
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    As I understand it - a trans flush-exchange is what to avoid as it stirs and loosens up crap which then clogs valves. A drain and fill is preferred as it does not loosen up any debris and add fresh additives. I would rather be safe then sorry so I would go for 30,000 but 60 is a lot better then 90 or 120.
     
  4. Dec 24, 2010 at 9:23 PM
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    That makes sense, but there may still be a risk even if it's small.
     
  5. Dec 25, 2010 at 8:10 PM
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    Just read through the factory manaul I downloaded off TTORA and it appears to have this exact procedure in it. Just without the helpfull pictures and video. It tells you which terminals to jumper on the OBD and to allow 1.5 seconds in between shifts while doing the 6 shifts between N to D. Thanks for the pictures, video, and extra detail.
     
  6. Dec 26, 2010 at 5:08 AM
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    Got a link? Or even better which page in the manual?
     
  7. Dec 27, 2010 at 10:04 AM
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    The Toyota manual is 95% correct. If you read a little more closely, the manual describes the "D" (drive) indicator will illuminate when the correct temperature is reached. In actual fact however, the "AT TEMP" light will illuminate - rather than the "D" (as described in the manual).
     
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  8. Dec 27, 2010 at 4:56 PM
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    Thanks for the clarification. So Toyota recommends a flush at 60K. Now does that mean a complete flush of the system are just what you describe above? I am 62K. I did see a how-to on how to completely flush the entire system but I am not up for that now. But I did go ahead and buy the oil for the process you describe.
     
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  10. Dec 27, 2010 at 5:43 PM
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    I don't know if those links will last very long. Every time I posted links to the FSM I got a slap on the wrist from the site admin/mods - hence why there is no reference to them in the write up.

    Allot of dealerships don't even own a flush machine, therefore I suspect a drain and fill will suffice.
     
  11. Dec 29, 2010 at 7:31 PM
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    great write up, did it today, so far so good followed the directions to the T and took about an hour. Thanks my tranny is much happier.
     
  12. Jan 1, 2011 at 4:10 PM
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    I saw someone post earlier that their 06 prerunner had a AT TEMP light. mine doesn't when i tried it today
     
  13. Jan 1, 2011 at 5:31 PM
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    make sure that you jump the right ports on your OBD II and when you do it, you need to do it kinda quick it does not light up when you turn your key on, only when you enter the temp mode, it took me 2 times to get it to work because i went to slow the first time.
     
  14. Jan 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM
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    Just checked my 2wd auto - AT TEMP does not illuminate when the key is turned to the ON position.
     
  15. Jan 2, 2011 at 5:38 PM
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    nor will it, you need to put the truck into temp mode for it to light up, you will not see it by just turning the key on. It only comes on with the ports jumped, and your in temp mode.
     
  16. Jan 8, 2011 at 6:55 PM
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    what a great piece of information, Planning on doing mine really soon. Atleast I know it will get down I don't trust dealers anymore. What about the filter anyone drop there pan to see what is inside for a filter???? Couldn't hurt to clean the pan and magnet off in there either
     
  17. Jan 9, 2011 at 10:36 AM
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    Most useful info I have found in this truck!!!! I have been looking for years on how to figure this procedure out for the trans. THANKYOU
     
  18. Jan 10, 2011 at 8:39 AM
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    I changed the oil in my 06 2WD Tacoma TRD this weekend, the instructions were perfect
     
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    couldn't have been explained better.. thanks!!!
     
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    Well I finially got my ws fluid and crushwashers from TOYOTA. Bought a case of fluid at $8.00 qt The whole procedure went fine until I removed the fill plug on the side of the trans and the threads came out with the plug. OH shit now what? Anyone else have this happen??? Only thing I can think of is to get it HELIcoiled hopefully with the trans in the truck. Aluminum threads and aluminum plug BAD idea.
     

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