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What fluids do you change and when?

Discussion in 'Technical Chat' started by goufcustom, Oct 11, 2011.

  1. Oct 11, 2011 at 9:06 AM

    goufcustom [OP] 7.62x63mm

    Oct 3, 2011
    2006 4x4 TRD Off Road DC SR5
    Bed Topper, Diff Breather, aFe Cold Air Intake, Satoshi Grill, Moved Horns, Oil Catch Can, Tailgate Lock, Husky Mud Flaps, H4 65/70W Bulbs, Lower Grill Mesh, TRD Skid Plate, LEDs in the bed, LEDs behind the grill for accent lighting, Parking lights as turn signals, LED turn signals and reverse lights, 5100s up front, eibachs up front, SS extended brake lines all around, 1.5" AAL in the rear, Relentless Fab U-Bolt Flip Kit, ICON Progressive AAL, TRD Wheel Center Caps, HomeLink, Heated Driver Seat, Hella 500 FF Driving Lights, BAMF Diff Skid, BAMF LCA Skids, BAMF Rock Sliders w/ KickOut.
    I am a newb to Tacoma's, Trucks, and 4x4, but I recently bought a used '06 DC Off Road Tacoma. I am big on preventive maintance, so I have started getting all of the fluids flushed in the truck so that I have a clean slate of when the fluids were changed, and then I can move forward from there and ensure the truck lasts a long time.

    Here is the list of fluids I managed to change so far:
    Engine Oil/Filter (every 3k to 5k)
    Brake Lines (every time the pads/rotors are replaced)
    Transmission (every 50k)
    Rear Diff (every ?)
    Front Diff (every ?)
    Radiator (every 50k)
    Power Steering (fill as needed?)
    Windshield Washer Fluid (fill as needed)
    Flux Capacitor (every 10 trips back in time)

    What other fuilds did I miss?

    How often do you replace the diff fluid?


    Spark Plugs (every 50k)
    Air Filter (check every 10k, with use)
    Carbon Filter (remove)
    Cabin Air Filter (check every 10k, with use)
    Brake Pads and Rotors
    Dealer Inspections for other maintenance

    Thanks Brunes
  2. Oct 11, 2011 at 9:14 AM

    Brunes abides.

    May 31, 2008
    First Name:
    DC or New Jersey - Depends on the day....
    08 Red/Graphite and Satin Black
    Inside: Tint, Wet Okole 1/2 Piped Red/Black Covers, Black Weathertech Digital Fit Mats, URD Short Throw w/ TWM Weighted Knob, USA Spec iPod adapter. Outside: 4300K Retro w/ Angel Eyes and Red Shrouds, 5000K Blazer Fog Light Retrofit, Debadge, Bed Locking Handle, Satin Black Rims Performance: TRD/Steigmeier Blower w/ 2.7 Pulley. 668 Injectors and 320 LPH AEM Fuel pump. URD UCON and 7th Injector. DTLT Headers, URD Y-Pipe, Wicked Flow Muffler. Suspension: Both: OME Shocks Front: 886X's and TC UCAs Rear: Dakars Armor: Relentless Front Bumper Relentless High Clearance Rear w/ Tire/Rotopax Swing Out Relentless Front, Mid, and TCase skids BAMF Diff Skid Recovery and Spares: Fullsize Spare Tire 2x2 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Rotopax 1x1 gal Water Rotopax Warn 9.5XP-S Winch Hi-Lift Extreme 60" Ironman Off-Road Recovery Kit
    IIRC the book says 30K for the rear. I think the rear is more or less use based....I can't remember anywhere that it says change at X miles.
    I know you are only talking fluids here- but don't forget the other "consumables"-Spark Plugs, air filter, cabin air filter (if you have one)...etc.
    This will help you out-Online service interval information, in case you don't have the books or anything...
  3. Oct 23, 2011 at 8:53 PM

    joes06tacoma Well-Known Member

    Jan 1, 2010
    First Name:
    Central Coast, CA
    06 4x4 Off Road Access Cab v6 6spd
    LEER Shell with dome lights operated with 3 way switches, aux backup lights with relay and 3 position switch, modified wiring to compass/temp display and clock to include switch that disables dimming function (poor man's DRL solution), Scan Gauge 2
    I do trans, transfercase, front and rear diffs every 30K. Motor oil every 4-5K or six months with regular 5w30.

    Have never changed brake fluid unless doing brake hydralic work already, but have decided to flush the brake fluid when changing pads from now on. Lots of expensive stuff in the brake systems now.

    Coolant will be done before the 100K recommended mark. I am thinking 80K/8 years. 100K just seems too long, and they don't give a time limit in my manual.

    I don't think power steering fluid really needs to be changed on a street driven vehicle that isn't having the crap run out of it. I worry about causing a leak by flushing it. Maybe if I buy a brand new truck and start doing it every 30K from the beginning I will. But my experience with flushing things that have already been put off for awhile is that they leak.

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