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Transmission Flush OK?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Thumper06, Feb 17, 2010.

  1. Feb 17, 2010 at 7:25 AM
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    Thumper06

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    Hi, I'm new to both Tacoma's and TW. Just bought an 06 Double Cab 4x4, automatic with towing pkg and 38K miles. On my previous Dodge & Chevy trucks, I have had the automatic transmissions flushed about every 30K miles. I know that's more often than probably necessary but I figure for $100, it's a fairly inexpensive way to extend the life of the tranny.

    Is there any reason this cannot be done with the Tacoma? I don't want to do something stupid out of ignorance with my new truck. I usually have a local Midas Shop do the work, they seem trustworthy.

    Thanks,

    David aka Thumper06:cool:
     
  2. Feb 17, 2010 at 7:35 AM
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    ofrd4fun

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    Welcome to TW.

    I only take mine to the dealer as painful as that can be at times!!! There is a special fluid required and a specific way to check the fluid level after it's filled. There is info in this site about doing it yourself. It may convince you where to take it.

    Cheers
     
  3. Feb 17, 2010 at 7:46 AM
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    98tacoma27

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    To add to ofrd4fun's post, your tranny is "sealed" and has no dipstick. I would not go to anyone but the dealer for this as not following the procedure can cause some issues.

    Here is the link to the procedure.

    Also, the service interval was 100k miles, but Toyota has recently reduced it to 60k for the transmission.
     
  4. Feb 17, 2010 at 7:47 AM
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    Janster

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    If you look in your owners manual...it should say that the fluid change and/or flush is not required until 100,000 miles (Automatic transmission)

    So why spend the money to do it more than what the manual recommends?
     
  5. Feb 17, 2010 at 10:40 AM
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    Thumper06

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    Thanks for the replies & the link. I'm not looking for creative ways to spend money :) but I do know that the biggest enemy of automatic transmissions (other than heat) is sludge build-up in the valve body. It's a slow process that can be largely eliminated by keeping the fluid clean. The only reason I like the flush or purge method is that it gets all of the fluid, including what's in the torgue converter. Again, thanks for the advice.
     
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