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I recently bought a 96 Tacoma, and the stick started slipping out of gear (in 3rd and 5th) while driving. I read that it might be low/ bad fluid, so I'm in the process of filling the fluid up. Do I need to drain&flush the fluid (since I don't know what kind/brand is in there), or should I just try filling it with what I can get from the auto parts store?

Also, it seems as though the fluid was super low. Is there any maintenance I can do to mitigate any damage that might have happened while the fluid was low?

Any other tips or thoughts? Thanks!
 

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I recently bought a 96 Tacoma, and the stick started slipping out of gear (in 3rd and 5th) while driving. I read that it might be low/ bad fluid, so I'm in the process of filling the fluid up. Do I need to drain&flush the fluid (since I don't know what kind/brand is in there), or should I just try filling it with what I can get from the auto parts store?

Also, it seems as though the fluid was super low. Is there any maintenance I can do to mitigate any damage that might have happened while the fluid was low?

Any other tips or thoughts? Thanks!

Its an easy fix! There is a plastic ring that goes around the shifter and it gets beat up, and its below the boot. You pull the shifter boot, and there it is.
 
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