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Yes I just came from the dealer and he told me to properly check the trans. fluid the shop has to do it because they have to hook it up to a computer and have expensive tools to check the level. I thought he was just giving me a line of b.s. but after coming home and watching a you tube vidio he might have been right didnt ask him what it would cost but I am blown away that you cannot even check your own fluid anymore what is this world coming to almost makes me want to put the car up for sale and get something different.
 

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I believe most of the newer Toyotas don't have a dipstick but that's not to say it cannot be done by yourself. There is still a fill and drain port. The best method is to use a vacuum pump or fluid exchanger so you can measure out exactly how much you take out. But otherwise there are DIY procedures floating around here if you search hard enough. This is nothing new and BMW has been doing this since the early 2000's, I knew Toyota would eventually jump ship. Haven't done a Toyota yet but for BMW, to check you have to unscrew the fill port and if fluid comes out, it's full otherwise fill it until it barely comes out the fill port.
 

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You can use the D indicator flashing method. I'll leave the searching of this forum to you.

Or I'd just check with the powertrain overnight cold and be done with it. The problem with most shops is they underfill the transmission because they have to get the cars in and out in a hurry without fully cooling down.
 
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