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Transmission fluid from autoparts store?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by soilsample, Mar 28, 2010.

  1. Mar 28, 2010 at 7:49 PM
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    Hi everyone,
    I'm getting ready to install a transmission cooler in my 09 Tacoma. I don't have much faith in my local dealer's available inventory of Toyota WS fluid.
    Assuming that the dealer won't have the fluid available by the quart, is there an over the counter fluid that I could get at Autozone or Napa?

    I just need enough to compensate for the capacity of the cooler.

    Thanks
    Donald
     
  2. Mar 28, 2010 at 8:39 PM
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    NO Get the WS Fluid From Toyota Dealer

    Even ebay has WS fluid
     
  3. Mar 28, 2010 at 10:05 PM
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    Why wouldn't your Toyota dealer have any WS tranny fluid on hand?
     
  4. Mar 29, 2010 at 3:01 AM
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    Some people have reported that their dealer only had large jugs of WS and it was very expensive.
    I'll check it out.
    Just wanted to know if there was another alternative.

    Thanks
    Donald
     
  5. Mar 29, 2010 at 5:07 AM
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    hmmm. what is this WS? and why not use royal purple?
     
  6. Mar 29, 2010 at 6:03 AM
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    Both Amsoil and Red Line make compatible fluids to replace the WS. The Amsoil replacement is called ATL and the Red Line replacement is called D-6. They are both superior fluids to WS, IMO.

    Can I ask why you need to install an additional transmission cooler on your truck?
     
  7. Mar 29, 2010 at 6:11 AM
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    WS stands for World Standard. It's the newest version of tranny fluid Toyota has been using in their "sealed" transmissions for several years now. It has a lower viscosity than T-IV fluid, I believe to promote better mileage and perhaps even better cooling. It's probably the same reason Toyota and many other car makers are moving to thinner engine oils.

    All automatic Tacomas except the base model now have this type of tranny, it's why people have been talking about not having a tranny dipstick.

    RP actually makes good lubrication products, but I'm not sure they have a WS equivalent.
     
  8. Mar 29, 2010 at 9:07 AM
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    Donald, why not call your local dealer to find out if they have them in quarts?
     
  9. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:40 PM
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    I'm getting my truck ready to tow a heavy Travel Trailer.
    My truck did not come with towing package so I'm adding the important stuff.

    I have the factory towing hitch, I've added the 7 pin trailer connector, and a Tekonsha P3 brake controller.
    In the coming few days I will also add a B&M Transmission cooler with fan and thermostat, and I will also add the Firestone Ride Rite air bags at that time.

    I'm also adding oil temp and trans temp gauges to make sure that I don't damage my beloved Taco!

    Thanks for everyone's advice!
    Donald
     
  10. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:45 PM
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    My dealer surprised me!
    They have quart bottles in stock!
     
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    How often are you supposed to replace your Tranny fluid, after how many miles???
     
  13. Mar 29, 2010 at 12:54 PM
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