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I've got a 2003 Camry that I need to change the and/or flush the transmission fluid in. I know the fluid is a bit burnt but it doesn't look too bad!
Someone told me that I just need to drop the pan, let it drain, replace gasket and pan and refill. Is that accurate, and complete?
But you could change it if you want to. Dropping the pan is the best way. This way, you can get all the gunk and fine particles out of the system. FLUSHING on the other hand, can be dangerous, since it can work so well it can get all the gunk into the V/B, screwing everything up.
So if you want to drop the pan and change it, no harm done. FLUSHING at the oil change station, not good.
It's easier than changing the oil - just remove the drain plug with a 10mm hex and drain it. And then refill with about 3.5 qts of whatever your owners manual says it uses. It might require Toyota TIV fluid so i d check that. Hint, its easier to know how much to put back if you measure how much came out.
Regarding the fluid never needing to be changed...I've always changed the fluid in my auto transmission equipped cars. And i've never had a trans problem nor replaced an auto trans, even on cars with closeto 200,000 miles.
Last edited by marc780; 06-10-2006 at 04:05 PM.
They all get a drain and refill in the spring and fall.
One has 84k and one has 75k with no problems with the transmissions.
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I used to change the fluid every 30K miles, but my Gen 1 tranny started burning fluid at about 180K miles, so I decreased the interval to every 20K miles on my Gen 4 when I got it(see signature). Changing tranny fluid is easy, cheap insurance.
I dont know anything about its maintenance, but I do know that Toyotas dont give much problems. How do I know when I have to change the steering oil or the transmission fluid?
What about the refrigerant? I saw it has like a blue liquid in there... Should I buy these refrigrerants or should I use just water?
What other kind of stuff should I be aware of maintenance-wise?
2004 Camry XLE 2.4l, 320k 1 owner miles fall 2012, zero problems.
2005 Vibe 1.8l, 196k