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When to change diff and TC fluids? Doing 30k service this week

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by yotalife251, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. Mar 27, 2016 at 7:01 AM
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    yotalife251

    yotalife251 [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have a 2014 TRD sport 4x4 .. Don't tow anything besides a kayak in my bed and don't do any off-roading .. I just hit 35k miles and was have appt sat to have the following done!

    Oil change and rotation
    Spark plugs
    Air and cabin filter
    Alignment
    Wiper blades
    Front pads, turn rotors and replace rear shoes!!

    When should I change the front and rear diff fluid, transfer case oil, and transmission fluids??
     
  2. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:21 AM
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    Most people do it at 30. Don't quote me on this but I think the manual says if you don't off road, tow, or dunk it you don't have to change it at all, otherwise its 30k. I would recommend changing it though no matter how you use it. I recommend doing it yourself though if you are handy because stealerships charge a ridiculous amount of money to do it for what it is.

    On a side note you can easily shave a few dollars off your bill by doing your own air filters and wipers, 10 minutes with no tools and you can save yourself a few bucks. Also I find it very doubtful that your rear shoes need to be changed at 30k.
     
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  3. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:31 AM
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    Thank you for the reply :) I don't pay labor as family owns the Toyota dealership and only pay for the partsThat's why I was just wondering if i should do the fluids yet ?? Or if it was truly something that needed to be done only under heavy use??
     
  4. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:36 AM
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    Lucky. Yeah I would do them, especially if they haven't ever been done. There are a lot of metal shavings that come with them breaking in. I changed mine out at 1,500 just to clear the metal shavings out and there was a good amount built up on the magnetic drain plug. After that though you could probably extend out those intervals without any problems.
     
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  5. Mar 27, 2016 at 11:07 AM
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    Thank you Jeff :)
     
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  6. Mar 27, 2016 at 11:09 AM
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    Sub'd I am at my last free cheesy service.
     
  7. Mar 27, 2016 at 11:12 AM
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    If it's the free service, tell Toyota you tow and you need the rear changed.

    With that being said I fork the money over on new fluids every 15k .. But I'm pretty rough on my truck
     
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  8. Mar 27, 2016 at 2:57 PM
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    Auto or manual transmission? Auto you shouldn't need to replace the transmission fluid at 35K Miles. Manual I also wouldn't worry about it yet unless you have done a lot of water running in deep water. And you said no off roading or towing, so no don't worry about it.

    Why do you think you need to replace the pads and shoes at 35K miles? I really doubt you need the pads unless you ride around with your foot on the brakes. You definitely don't need rear shoes yet.

    Out of your list I would say the only things you would possibly need would be:

    Oil change and tire rotation ( Do these yourself for 1/4 what the dealer wants maybe 30 - 45 minutes )

    Spark plugs ( Do these yourself for 1/4 what the dealer wants maybe 30 minutes )

    Air and cabin filter and Wiper blades ( You could do these yourself in < 15 minutes. The dealer is going to rape you. )

    Never mind I see you get free labor...
    Must be nice. :/
     
  9. Mar 27, 2016 at 3:19 PM
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    toyota WILL NOT do anything more than rotate tires and change oil for free on the 2 year service.

    OP do yourself a favor, change the rear diff fluid now. then at 60k do front, rear, tcase and trans fluids.
     
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  10. Mar 27, 2016 at 3:23 PM
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    Family owns the Toyota Dealership? Have them change everything if all you have to do is pay for the parts. That's awesome.
     
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  11. Mar 27, 2016 at 6:52 PM
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    Unless you use 4x4 a lot I would not worry about tcase fluid. I changed mine at 50 and it looked brand new. I will probably never change it again
     
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    Toyota WILL do anything the OP wants, free of labor.
     
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  13. Mar 27, 2016 at 7:28 PM
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    Thank y'all very much :) going to do everything but the brake work .. Will do that on next oil change :)
     
  14. Mar 27, 2016 at 7:46 PM
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    Why are you doing your rear brakes?
     
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    My dealer charges $13 for the oil and filter chance. I doubt any do it yourselfer could match that 13 bucks much less do it for $3.33
     
  16. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:25 PM
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    Just figured why not ? Would be doing the front and rear at same time ... They are only like 48.00 for parts!!!front parts are like 40.00 so figured hey for 88.00 I could have the front and rear done and catch them again at 60k
     
  17. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:30 PM
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    What dreamland do you live in? (Sorry if that sounds douchey) I want to be where you're at. Or they might just be collecting money and doing nothing at all
     
  18. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:43 PM
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    Something is not right about that, you must fork over a tremendous amount of money in other service work for them to basically comp your oil changes. A full synthetic oil change at the dealers around here is at least $75 if not more.
     
  19. Mar 27, 2016 at 8:56 PM
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    Front brakes should last about 60k, as for the rears, I have 126k on mine and just checked them and they have lots of shoe left and the drums looked good.
     
  20. Mar 27, 2016 at 9:07 PM
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    They probably "recycle" old oil by just using it for oil changes
     

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