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What transmission fluid ya'll running

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Ricky B, Jul 22, 2008.

  1. Jul 22, 2008 at 4:11 PM
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    Ricky B

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    I was fixing to change my trans fluid and did a search on here and found my 2001 needed the ATF Type t-iv from toyota. Man I almost put dexron II in her. I have the 5vz 6 cylinder 2001 tacoma. So I will run by the toyota place and get it. What do you run??? Rick
     
  2. Jul 22, 2008 at 4:13 PM
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    definitely stick to the toyota type t-iv....................thats the right stuff there!! i just changed mine last weekend!
     
  3. Jul 22, 2008 at 7:21 PM
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    Don't deviate from the T-IV fluid although Amsoil claims it's compatible.
     
  4. Jul 22, 2008 at 9:00 PM
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    i totally agree.......toyota makes the t-4.....they know what needs to be in their transmissions!:)
     
  5. Jul 23, 2008 at 12:53 PM
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    Well I'm confussed. I went to the Toyota dealership and I argued with the person behind the counter. He brought out Dexon III and said thats it. I said no I need Type IV. He got the book out and it shows for 2001 and 2002 to use Dexron. I did look at 2004 and it shows IV. I pulled up an old post where the someone said if you have a 5VZ to use IV and thats what I have. The dealership told me he didn't carry iv. What do you do??? Rick
     
  6. Jul 23, 2008 at 12:57 PM
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    hmmmmm.....thats really weird. im pretty all the 5vzfe tacomas take t-iv fluid. do you have another toyota dealership that you can call and see what they say?? cause im pretty sure that the 01-04 are the same!!
     
  7. Jul 23, 2008 at 1:00 PM
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    Yep I did just that and they said to use Type iv period. So i'm taking this back and getting what should come in it. Man thanks for this site. Rick
     
  8. Jul 23, 2008 at 1:02 PM
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    hey man.......thats what we are here for!!! after you get the transmission fluid change done.......let us know how it went!! pretty easy drain and refill!!:)
     
  9. Jul 27, 2011 at 1:31 PM
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    Bumping threads. So I'm gonna change my trans fluid. I called Kragen/O'Riely to see if they had the T-4 fluid, they said they have a MAG equivalent: yay or nay?

    Any major auto parts stores carry the t4 fluid?
     
  10. Jul 27, 2011 at 2:27 PM
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    So I've seen people suggest ATF T-IV for transmission fluid. I checked my manual to find out how many quarts I needed - couldn't find out (01' Tacoma Auto, 4cycl, 2.7).

    The manual suggests using DEXRON II or III?
     
  11. Jul 27, 2011 at 4:19 PM
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    After some research on it.....turns out for the 01&02 tacoma........dex 3 is recommended. I think the t4 is pretty interchangeable tho......have used it in several trucks.....one being an 02 without any probs. Stick to the dex3 tho if you'd like......cheaper and more available than the t4.
     
  12. Jul 27, 2011 at 4:56 PM
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    thanks! I saw this a few other places as well. Got some Dex III
     
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    My Tranny drain plug have DII stamped on it. I was very confused by this too because I have read all over the internet to run IV, but my truck calls for DII or DIII lol

    I choose DII
     
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    yeah mine also says DII on it though the manual says II or III will work. I went with three, we'll see...
     
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    My manual calls for DIII. I just switch it out often if i am offroading to try and prolong my tranny. I thought T4 was only for second gens? interesting...
     
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    2nd gens use WS fluid in their trannys. Can't remember exactly what year the 1st gens started to use T-IV fluid... 2002 maybe?
     
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    I researched this to no end a while back, I found that my 02 taco required dex III, I bought it from the dealer for 3.99qt. I believe 04 and 03 have different requirements if i remember correctly.

    I did not drop the pan, just drain and fill, then drove about 500 miles then did another drain and fill.
     
  19. Jul 28, 2011 at 9:27 AM
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    I have a 2001 v6 auto....I called the dealership nearby and said T IV wasn't used til 2004 and that mine takes Dex III.
     
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