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Is it too late- transmission flush

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by ayunk04, Feb 25, 2012.

  1. Feb 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM
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    ayunk04

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    Hey everyone... I got a 05 access cab v6 that i bought with 95000 miles on it about a year ago and current mileage is now is around 125000. Need help on debating whether to do a transmission flush or just drain and fill. No tranny problems whats so ever shifts fine and everything just wanted to keep up on maintance. I was just always told if it was never flushed before high mileage that it may cause problems after the flush... I Just thought i would turn to everyone on here for an opinion.. thanks!
     
  2. Feb 25, 2012 at 11:26 AM
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    I heard the same thing. I don't see the difference really between the two. Someone should chime in what's the pro's / con's about them.

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  3. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:15 PM
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    ya i would hate to have anything bad happen because of the flush, but as far as i know thats the only way to do a complete fluid change
     
  4. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:17 PM
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    I've always heard the same too. So I guess you don't know if it had been flushed or changed before?
     
  5. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:23 PM
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    I would say do a drain and fill instead. A drain a fill consists of 3 quarts, vs a tranny flush is the full 16 quarts. My Aunt and cousin did a transmission flush on their Lexus and BMW at 130,000 miles and had major problems. Pretty much had to replace both transmissions.

    Toyota changed its recommend service to the Tacoma transmission from 100,000 miles, to 60,000 miles in 2009.

    Do a drain and fill every oil change for 6 oil changes. That should ease your transmission into a full case of new fluid.
     
  6. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:25 PM
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    No sadly i dont... it would make my decision a little easier if i knew it was done before
     
  7. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:49 PM
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    thanks for the input
     
  8. Feb 25, 2012 at 12:52 PM
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    very interesting. sub'd for others input.
     
  9. Feb 25, 2012 at 1:01 PM
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    id drain and fill till you start getting clean fluid, a flush can often dislodge smaller particles or seals in older transmissions
     
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    Do a drain n fill. Rule of thumb, what comes out, must go back in.
     
  11. Feb 25, 2012 at 1:04 PM
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    unless some how you drain a midget outta your transmission...i;d leave that out
     
  12. Feb 25, 2012 at 1:06 PM
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    Never know if that migdet was a vital part of the tranny, especially if his name is Rico and he's wearing red patent leather body suit.
     
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    im afraid of midgets, i would quickly trade my truck in for a midget free tranny.

    does rico the midget come with assless chaps?
     
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    If you are going to do anything do a complete flush. Would you ever just drain and change a quart of engine oil? Flushing removes all the crap stuff and just doesn't mix the good with the bad.
     
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    Doesn't sound like an off road option, but maybe with the sport models.
     
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    Op...at that mileage and not knowing if it was done before I'd go with just the change to be on the safe side.
    Does anyone know if the automatic's have a transmission filter that needs to be cleaned or replaced? I've never heard it being done during a change or flush...:confused:
     
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    but you hopefully dont let the engine oil stay in there long enough that sludge and particles can accumulate to the point that it may be holding some components together. also in an oil change you dont use pressure you drain and refill it, just like a trans drain and refill
     
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    There is a strainer that you can remove and clean with some brake cleaner. It is inside the trans oil pan. Usually they don't need to be serviced unless you feel your trans is in trouble. Also there should be a few magnets at the bottom of the trans pan that can be cleaned off as well.
     
  19. Feb 25, 2012 at 1:25 PM
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    Been hearing about this for about 30 years. Best I can remember here is what some have said:
    A transmission shop nearby said that the fluid gets 'old' and some agents in the fluid get inactive. Fresh new trans fluid can have 'full active' detergents/additives that can be rough on OLD transmission seals. Possibly could break up old seals that won't like the new fluid. If the old fluid smells 'burnt' then change, if not then leave in. Best is to change per manual recommendations which means of course, long before 'too many miles' are on it.
    I changed the transmission fluid [pan off, filter replaced] on my 2000 Nissan Frontier last year with 185,000 [roughly] miles on it. I KNOW it had been not changed since the time I purchased the truck with 43,000 miles on it. So far so good, no leaks or problems at 217,000 miles. It's a toss up though! My mechanic that works on many trucks but is not a 'dealer' shop, said he WOULD change it if it were his truck. I decided to do it. I don't care for the 'flush' jobs....might be fine but I'm not knowlegeable on how well they work.
     
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    I have a 2005 v6 4.0 AT with 113,000 miles...and I just purchased 13 qts of ATF fluid from the dealer last weekend, and was getting ready to do the full flush tomorrow. After reading this I'm a bit hesitant to do it, but I have everything I need. Input please...this seems like it can be a good topic to elaborate on since there is a sticky on the flush and drain/fill.
     
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