Well mechanics are often wrong with me. Make sure ur coolant is the NEW pink version, not the OLD yellow version, or else you might damage ur hoses and more. The new coolant is not compatable, you must flush ur system. Older coolant has alcohol which u arent supposed to use in ur car.
Just look up spark plug numbers (GAP # or type) in walmart or whatever, and buy urself the fanciest ones, like double platnum, if u really want, wont be more then 30$. Im pretty sure ur sparkplugs are hidden under that fancy plastic cover on engine, ive never changed that, u will need a long extention spark plug tool. Make sure whoever does it applies spark plug ANTI SEIZE on the threads of new ones.
Get the TOYOTA compatible ATF fluid at autozone or w/e, i think its called DEXTROL or something. (black quart bottles, we bought 5 but i think u need 4) It will say toyota ATF compatible, same stuff as dealer, get the transmission pan off, and change fluid and filter, clean magnets on the inside of the pan from the metal particles (most mechanics wont do this). These magnets work WAY better than that transmission filter, clean em with solvent, i used Mineral spirits, it dries quick. Then reinstal magnets on pan, there are small indents where they go.
You can leave em all alone, if they arent bad. Sparkplugs should be changed every 1-2 years though, as they rust and might seize, or fall appart. ATF fluid heats up, so it will smell burned a bit, it should, so just look at color. Dark to brown is ok, BLACK is bad. Same as OIL. I personally think the transmission filter is a JOKE, so it doesnt really need to be changed, but do it anyway, because u get a free new gasket for transmission pan when u buy the filter set (got it at NAPA 25$) Coolant doesnt have to be changed, or whatever, but it contains water, which does leave a residue. A proper mechanic would flush system with water, drain and then refill using fresh fluid. Never changed it here 130k miles here, coolant still pink, thats why pink is now being used, yellow leaves a residue more and prevents flow (similar to cholesterol). Pink is standard for new cars now i think. Read the label on the back of bottles, it should be NEW vehicle compatable, i think i got autozone grey gallons, dont let them sell you wrong liquid though.
Mechanics here charge per hour, so if u bring all this stuff, and tell them to change it, its realy about 1 hour of work for some one who knows how to do it, or else its like 2 hours or so.
Last edited by HudsonTercel; 05-18-2012 at 12:00 AM.