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Tranny fluid change Help

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by kinside, Aug 14, 2010.

  1. Aug 14, 2010 at 12:45 AM
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    kinside

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    Hello world!

    I've tried searching but couldn't find anything useful. I'm trying to do a drain and fill on my 02 tacoma v6 auto transmission for the first time. I got under the car and saw the drain plug but couldn't find the fill plug. Can someone describe where it is? Thanks in advance!

    Cheers!!!
     
  2. Aug 14, 2010 at 1:07 AM
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    Although I have the 4cyl engine, I do believe its the same for the first gen v6's. You fill through the dipstick.
     
  3. Aug 14, 2010 at 10:31 AM
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  4. Aug 14, 2010 at 10:46 AM
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  6. Aug 19, 2010 at 1:26 PM
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    yup dipstick, (((on my 2.7 liter 4 cyl 3RZFE)))its kinda a pain to see how much you have in there, you check the dip with the engine running but the fluid appears to be splashed up, making a good reading a little hard to do..

    The Haynes manual tells you exactly how much you will need to do if you can eyeball the fluid containers and make a good estimate. (be sure all is drained, I don't think that is possible without a pump) Someone please correct me if I am incorrect on that.
    good luck!
     
  7. Aug 19, 2010 at 3:41 PM
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    Ditto to all. Fill in dipstick. Owner's manual AND Toyota told me I needed 2.1 Qts for a 'pan drain' Turns out I needed almost 4 Qts. Ive done this 2-3 times and shift performance has improved. Im using Toyota T-IV ATF. Get a extra drainplug crush washer while youre at the dealer to prevent leaks. They are cheap
     
  8. Aug 19, 2010 at 7:51 PM
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    My dipstick calls for dextron III. Is your old fluid T-IV? I cant seem to find Dextron III anywhere. I tried going to the dealer but they dont have any individual bottles for sale only barrels for dealership use only. Is it okay to mix T-IV with the drain and fill?

    Cheers!
     
  9. Aug 20, 2010 at 7:40 AM
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    Use whatever the dipstick says. Some are Dex III (4 cyl?), some are T-IV (6cyl?). I get my ATF fluid from Toyota dealer
     
  10. Aug 20, 2010 at 8:12 PM
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    nnnnnnnnnnnnoooooooooooo dont use the Toyota T-IV unless your tranny calls for it!!!!!!!!!!!! That stuff will ruin your tranny!!!!!!

    I called toyota to verify. I just did mine a few times to get a good fluid change. They factory fill with valvoline. They recommended that if your dipstick says dex II or III get the valvoline dex/merc thats what they fill with at the dealer if you have them service your tranny. I even bought the fluid from the parts counter at the Toyota dealership. $3.99qt Pretty good price, It was actually more expensive at Autozone.

    mine took a hair over 4 quarts buy 5 and you will be fine. A month or so after you change your fluid go buy another 4qts and do another change and you will be good!
     
  11. Aug 21, 2010 at 9:24 PM
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    Really? Sounds kind of wierd that toyota would use valvoline dex/merc. I was hesitant about buying it at a local auto parts store but now I'll go ahead and buy. Good information. Thanks.
     
  12. Aug 21, 2010 at 9:58 PM
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    I felt the same thats why I called Toyota! If you look at the back of the dex/merc you will see that it says that it will meet all of the requirements of dexIII
     
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