This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma 1996-2015. The dip stick has 4 notches, you will be filling the trans up to the level in-between the lower two notches as your car will be cold. This article applies to the Toyota 4Runner 1996-2002. It will be worthwhile to do the trans temp trick on the dash, warming it up to operating temp, and performing the final drain to level it. If you drain the fluid, it has to be replaced by some certified Toyota technician as it has to be heated to a certain temperature or you can really screw it up.
I'll measure what I take out and replace it just that and I'll do it when it's cold. Then, take your 14mm socket and loosen the drain plug on your transmission pan. Sealed transmission with a small screen over the fluid pick up that should only be clogged by organic material if you've had a significant failure somewhere. High metal shavings content, etc. Everything I read 75w-90 is a suitable sub. Then you fill what you removed into the transmission pan fill port? That's the part that worries me, I find it hard to believe anything can maintain it's quality over that many miles. Have someone start the truck and shut it off exactly when you begin to see bubbles in the line.
With the engine still idling, apply the parking brake for safety, and push down with your foot on the regular brake pedal. Turn truck off, climb under and open the trans fill port and let excess flow out. Probably about 4 qts or so. When like new transmission fluid is coming out the other side, you're done and they cork it back up. Usually cost about 20 bucks for your do it yourselfers.
This ensures that the transmission fluid is filling and covering all the channels and gears that it would in normal operation. Doesn't hurt but doesn't help a lot either Fluid exchange is where it is at. But checking its automatic transmission fluid level takes a little more effort than on some vehicles. No filter on the 05+ Toyota trucks. I was shocked at how dirty the front was. Do that a couple more times until all fluid is exchanged. Remove the refill plug and leave the overflow plug out also.
If it's black it needs to be changed. You did not specify model year, type of transmission, 2wd or 4wd, 4 or 6 cylinder, etc. Most transmission dip sticks are white. Exchange fluid through the directions I posted. Personally on that alone I'd get it changed, but the car is technically my parents' they are paying for it and they're kinda cheapskate control freaks. Check the dip stick for specifics. Do not overfill the transmission fluid; this could cause transmission problems down the road.
Every time I've done an automatic trans fluid change I also replace the filter. Thanks Please or to join the conversation. Turn engine on and let it run until the dash light blinks. The actual fluid level check is made with the engine still idling, so take safety precautions before getting under the vehicle. You have to get a Funnel that is designed for the transmission tube. You may need to remove 1 or 2 --10mm bolts to access the fill plug. Pull out the transmission fluid dipstick.
You have now changed your transmission fluid! It is a red plastic handle. I was wondering if it is okay to drain and refill without having to drop the pan and clean out the filter washable filter. The first thing I would do is take the car to your mechanic and have him check the fluid. This video is the second category, flushing the whole transmission apparatus or most of it. Do this a few times over a month and should be good.
After you figure out when to change the fluid, the problem is going to be finding someone that will change all the fluid. . Unfortunately for me, there is no tranny service for my Contour. If it's really dirty I would do it once and then again in a month or two. Loosen the bolt enough so that oil starts to drip, then quickly remove it and let the oil drain. You can change your fluid at least 3 different ways. You just don't want to run the pump dry.
The video above shows where the transmission fluid dipstick is located in your Tundra and how to check the transmission fluid level. I definitely am not going to wait until 90k miles like Toyota recommends to service the trans. Once all of the oil is drained, you can reinstall the drain plug. Hope that helps out some. There are two oil dipsticks one for the engine oil and one for the transmittion oil don't get confused. This article applies to the Toyota Tacoma 1996-2015. The truck does the work for you and is safe on the transmission.
The Toyota Tundra has gained a great. The fluid has to be changed at the dealer with a power flush and complete replacement with new fluid. I would extract about 4-5 qts out and replenish with new fluid annually. Then when you've determined the level, add at the appropriate area, check as needed. You will need a funnel that fits into the top of the tube.