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Transmission Fluid Change on '07 4-cyl Auto

Discussion in '4 Cylinder' started by Vrbas, Sep 15, 2012.

  1. Sep 15, 2012 at 9:16 AM
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    Vrbas

    Vrbas [OP] Well-Known Member

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    So i found a write up on the manual transmission fluid/oil change and it looked to be pretty easy, but to my understanding the automatic is very different; mine is a manual and my dad's is an auto. I've been looking for tutorials and have read a few but am still unsure and don't want to screw up my dad's truck.

    Can anyone advise for this year/model?

    PS. He's almost at 80k miles
     
  2. Sep 16, 2012 at 3:33 AM
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    2TRunner

    2TRunner Don't give up here just yet

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    Both are simple.

    Automatic Trans Fluid Change:

    -Open Hood, locate Tran dipstick and remove it.
    (dipstick on D/S near firewall, orange tip)

    -Locate Trans pan underneath truck. (If you need more detail I can provide, but I'm assuming you know the difference between the oil and trans pans)

    -14mm socket, ratchet and small extention.
    -Loosen 14mm bolt on trans pan
    -Get a drain pan (one with measurements on the side is very helpful)
    -Remove plug, let fall into pan, let fluid drain.
    -Let it drain until it drips.
    -Note amount of fluid removed
    -GET THE DRAIN PLUG AND GASKET. (fish for it, pour fluid out over a grated material)
    -Install drain plug and tighten. (Not sure on proper torque, but nice and snug, don't he-man it either, it'll strip out.)
    -Using funnel in tran dipstick tube, add trans fluid, same amount that came out, should be around 2.9-3 qts.
    -Use Castrol Multi-Vehicle Import Trans fluid, compatable with TIV fluid.

    -Start vehicle, let idle for 30sec, shift through gears with a 30 sec pause in each one. Place in park/N, check level, add as needed. Do not overfill.

    -Repeat steps if you'd like to go that extra mile on maintaince.

    -Not a messy job. Drain hole faces straight down, should only really get fluid on your hand a little as you remove the plug to drain the fluid. Maybe some slight splatter of trans fluid as it drains into the bucket/pan/catch thingy.
     
  3. Sep 16, 2012 at 2:17 PM
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    Vrbas

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    oh wow, thanks!

    So I don't need the Toyota Certified Trans fluid?
     
  4. Sep 16, 2012 at 4:02 PM
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    Nope

    This stuff.

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  5. Sep 16, 2012 at 4:07 PM
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    Just needs to be a Toyota type T-IV compatible.
    Castrol is one, there are others. Check the label.
    Personally, I'd just buy it from the dealership. It's not like it's being changed every 5000.
     
  6. Sep 18, 2012 at 9:15 AM
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    So you think I could get generic gear oil for the rear differential?
     
  7. Sep 18, 2012 at 7:48 PM
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    Diffs are standard... Mobil-1 75w90 synthetic is one of the best, use the appropriate LSD additive if your truck requires it (I'm not familiar with Toyota LSD, my Silverado's LSD was good without additive).
     
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