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What kind should I use, and where do I put it in lol..I know noob question, but I'm new to toyota's and I'm pretty sure mines a bit low.
 

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The best 5-speed transmission oil you can use is called Redline MT-90. If you can't quite afford that, then regular GL-4 75W/90 will be fine.

There's a drain plug on the bottom of the transmission and a filler plug on the side. It's best to make sure that the filler plug can be undone before you drain the oil out as they can sometimes be tricky to undo. You can check to see how much oil you actually have in the transmission by undoing the filler plug while the car is on an even surface (such as on jack-stands) and by putting your finger inside the hole. The oil level should be just up to the lower edge of the hole. If it is low, then you can add more oil with a syringe, or do a complete oil change if it has been a while since it was last done.

If you do decide to do a complete oil change, then drain all of the old oil out by undoing the drain plug on the bottom. Once it's drained, reinstall the drain plug, undo the filler plug and pour the new oil in (the best way to add the new oil is with a hose and a funnel leading from the engine bay to the filler hole). Once it's filled, reinstall the filler plug, take the car for a short drive and then check for any leaks.

Here's some illustrations that I just scanned from my Haynes manual:

Checking the fluid level:




Filler and drain plug location:

 

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just to add to scott's post, that fill-hole on the side is usually awkward, there's an allen-headed bolt on the top of the gearbox, that comes out and makes it a LOT handier to re-fill oil.

just make sure the car is on a level surface and that the bottom 22mm nut is closed tightly, and the 22mm nut on the side is out of the gearbox to check the level
 
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drain plug pictured is for an automatic, 5spd is under the inner drivers side CV, should be 23 or 24 mm dont remember? USE A 6point Socket they like to strip

MT-90 does indeed work good, Amsoil 75-90 GL-4 gear lube should be good too, just make sure its GL-4 thats the important part
 
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