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Transmission Flush... this sound right?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by jeremy_283, Nov 2, 2011.

  1. Nov 2, 2011 at 5:39 AM
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    jeremy_283

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    The dealer said it'd cost me about $189. I asked if this was gaskets, fluid an all. He said there were no gaskets and their machine they just fill up with the fluid hook two hoses from the truck up to it (I can't remember which ones) and the machine does all the work. Does this sound right?
     
  2. Nov 2, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    Yep to the no gasket thing. I have no clue about the cost.
     
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    Cost isn't outrageous for a dealership. Last time I had a flush done was 4 years ago for my Chevy and a local shop charged me $150. Based on that, $189 might be a little high but isn't outrageous for a stealership.
     
  4. Nov 2, 2011 at 6:01 AM
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    Well this is me using their parts and service. OEM Fluid too I think
     
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    The WS fluid is quite expensive. I don't know what a dealer is charged for it but we pay about $ 8-9 a quart and it takes about 10 - 12 quarts to do a complete flush. There are posts here that show a lot more money than $189 to do the flush.

    You can do it yourself for about $100 (I did) by reading the sticky or going to Toyota Nation.com and searching that forum for the method. Either way, it is clearly shown.
     
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    Yea I'm just more comfortable with having them do it :) I've changed all my differential fluids and stuff before but this seems even more involved. and that front differential was a pain in the butt. So yes. The dealer will do this task for me.
     
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    You can only do a drain and refill on your own. The dealership would (should) flush out the torque convertor which you would not be able to do on your own. A drain and refill would work but should be done a little more frequently in my opinion since it does not get all the contaminants out of the torque convertor.
     
  8. Nov 2, 2011 at 6:44 AM
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    This.

    A DIY is gonna be drop the pan and get what, maybe 55% of the fluid?. A flush actually runs fresh new clean fluid throughout the entire system, hence the 2 lines, one going in with fresh, one coming out with old.

    Word to the wise, don't let a 'quick lube' place offer you a 'cash deal' where they'll do it for $75. Had that offered once. They were going to do the work, with the shops fluids and then pocket the $75 directly, which would have left me with no warrenty for work done or proof that it was done. I was really glad when I went back for an oil change some time later and they put 7 quarts of oil in my 4L Ranger. WTF.
     
  9. Nov 4, 2011 at 6:45 PM
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    The DIY method described in pretty much a complete flush. If you disconnect the return line from the radiator cooler and put new fluid in the pan, it is pumped to the torque converter and what is in the converter is pumped out to the radiator cooler which pushes the old fluid out of the radiator cooler into the collection container you ran the plastic line into.

    Then you re-fill the pan with an amount equal or greater than the amount you collected and repeat again and again depending on how much fluid you purchased. 12 quarts is recommended.

    I have heard that a power flush can dislodge sludge and sometimes cause more problems than you want, especially if the power flush is done over 100,000 miles.
     
  10. Nov 4, 2011 at 6:57 PM
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    tacobo670

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    that would sounds right if the dealership had a dedicated machine just for WS type fluid. we do not have one. the fluid is expensive fersher.
     
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