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It's Your Tacoma, Fix it yourself!

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by bawilson21, Sep 22, 2009.

  1. Sep 22, 2009 at 2:02 PM
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    bawilson21

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    If you have a habit of stopping by places like Jiffy lube every 3000 miles, youre really hurting yourself and your truck. I learned this the hard way. I figured its easy, convienent, and they know what theyre doing when I go into places like grease monkey and jiffy lube. In reality, they dont. Sure they can drain your oil and put some random crap in, but they dont know the Tacomas like us. Nor do they care if they end up Stripping your front diff drain plug or reusing crushed washers. Hell, they even loos bolts, so your skid plate will be hanging down on one side.

    My advice to you is that you service your own Tacoma. Most things arent too hard. Or if you REALLY dont want to, find someone who can do it for you whom you trust. Maybe a local mechanic or nieghbor... Or someone on TW. Just beware of chain quick fix shops.

    And btw Chris, I wont be going to brake masters... Ill be replacing my brakes on my own.
     
  2. Sep 22, 2009 at 2:11 PM
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    chris4x4

    chris4x4 With sufficient thrust, pigs fly just fine. Moderator

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    Good to hear, Bryan! ;)
     
  3. Sep 22, 2009 at 2:25 PM
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    And even if you gotta get stuff done by someone else....

    ALWAYS check & double check everything after the work is done.

    I do 99% of my own work, but there are times where the job is too 'large', or not enough time, or lack of knowledge to do it. I always keep an eye on things and check everything after the work is done.

    My mother-in-law needed a radiator replaced on her Grand Cherokee. It's only a radiator? How hard can it be? Well...after doing some research, discovered the entire front end of the vehicle has to be dismantled including disconnecting tranny cooler, the A/C condensor and god knows what else.
    SCREW THAT!!! We got a quote locally from a 'respected' radiator shop. They did the work....but jesus, the damn thing was leaking tranny fluid and we had her car back to them 3X before they got it RIGHT. No charge of course.... but DAMN?? WTH??

    So much for the 'respected' part of their reputation.....:rolleyes:
     
  4. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:21 PM
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    Ha, Yea, sorry about the little rant there, Ive been up for the past 36 hours or so? Meh. But It was really bad. I was at the Auto Hobby shop on base and had three people helping me trying to get it off. I may go back to jiffy lube and demand that they take it off since they Fed it up. Or maybe Toyota would give it a shot? Any ideas?


    ... and why the hell are the stock skid plates so damn hard to put back on. It doestn want to alignt with all the holes... bitches!

    =D Think Ill just go to sleep... But the Taco is almost 100% full synthetic. RAWR!
     
  5. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:23 PM
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    i get my stuff done at the stealership i know how to oil change and change breaks and rotate tires but thats it but i still get it done at toyota
     
  6. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:26 PM
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    i always do my own work on my vehicles....(unless its something like an alignment or tire balancing..dont have the machines for that)....that way,i know its done correctly.
     
  7. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:30 PM
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    45acp

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    When I had an F-150 I had one of the chain stores change my oil. Before I left the parking lot, I found out I was leaking break fluid everywhere. They didn't help me out with that one.
    After that I figured I should learn to do it on my own.:rain:
     
  8. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:35 PM
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    I do my own fluid changes. Sorry to hear they screwed up your Tacoma.
     
  9. Sep 22, 2009 at 3:39 PM
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    Whats funny is that had I gone back, theyd probably charge me an extra few because of it too. From here on out, I do my own shit with my Taco. If Im in Oregon and the gas attendant starts eyeing my gas door, I'll have to drop kick his ass
     
  10. Sep 23, 2009 at 12:31 AM
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    I wish you were here in Hawaii. That is all.
     
  11. Sep 24, 2009 at 10:58 AM
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    Alright. So I have an update and further questions. I took the Tacoma back to Jiffy Lube ( I know.. I know.. ) They werent able to get the plug off but sent me to Aamco Transmissions and they popped it off in 10 mins (all while under my supervision). Anywho. I was talking to the dude at J-lube and he said Synthetic gear oil in the first gens Tacoma would eat away at some seal in there. I called Toyota to confirm this and they said to use standard gear oil. I also asked him what kinda fluid was in the truck as it came off the assembly line for the Diffs, transfer case, and Transmission and he said "Toyota". I had asked this question before elsewhere @ another dealership and they said Mobil 1. People are still jerkin me off...


    So out of everyones vast knowledge here, is Synthetic gear oil bad for a 2000 Taco? Were talkin about gear oil for the front/rear diff, transfer case, and transmission.
     
  12. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:01 AM
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    NO. It is not bad and there is no seal "eatage". I would recommend Mobil 1 or Amsoil. Multiple first gen's have run these without any issue.

    Second, if you use a dyno gear oil in the tranny, make sure it is GL-4 and NOT GL-5. 5 is ok elsewhere.
     
  13. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:22 AM
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    Owners manual says Manual Transmission fluid requires the following:

    "Oil type:
    Gear Oil API GL-4 or GL-5

    Recommended oil viscosity:
    SAE 75W-90"


    The Auto Tranny calls for D-11 or DEXRON III I can scan the page if youd like. But Im not using Dyno gear oil ( I assume Dyno gear oil is anything thats not synthetic, am I correct?) I have Mobil 1 Synthetic Gear Lubricant (LS) 75W-90 in my Manual Tranny and transfercase. I have some random Valvoline Synthetic 80W-90 in the Rear diff, and I still need to change the front. Mobil 1 10W-30 Synthetic in the Engine.

    Like you, I just want whats best for my Taco.
     
  14. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:24 AM
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    GL-5 will eat brass/bronze synchros.
     
  15. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:34 AM
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    Is that whats in my Taco? Bronze/Brass Syncros? And even if it is, I dont have to worry because I used synthetic right? Sorry Im an idiot. I got off a 12 hour mid shift @ 7am
     
  16. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:35 AM
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    Yes. You will be fine with the synthetic.
     
  17. Sep 24, 2009 at 11:49 AM
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    Cool Deal. Thanks! I'll be replacing my Front Diff fluid Tomarrow morning then with the Mobil 1 Synthetic gear oil I used everywhere else.
     
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