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Discussion Starter · #1 ·
I have a 2000 RX300 2-wheel drive with close to 90,000 miles.
A transmission fluid replacement is recommended.
I do change my own oil, minor tune-ups, and brake pad renewal.
Is this a service I could do myself?

Thanks,
eburke
 
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Discussion Starter · #2 ·
p wrote:
> I have a 2000 RX300 2-wheel drive with close to 90,000 miles.
> A transmission fluid replacement is recommended.
> I do change my own oil, minor tune-ups, and brake pad renewal.
> Is this a service I could do myself?
>
> Thanks,
> eburke
>
>

No. To do it right, your transmission (especially with 90,000 miles)
needs to be properly flushed. This takes a machine connected to your
transmission lines which runs new transmission fluid into the system and
removes the old fluid. There is much fluid in the torque converter
(2/3) which will never come out if you simply drop the pan and try to
remove the fluid yourself.

I had the flush done on my 2000 ES300 and it took 30 minutes. Fluid is
bright red again.
 
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Discussion Starter · #3 ·
Michael wrote:
> p wrote:
>> I have a 2000 RX300 2-wheel drive with close to 90,000 miles.
>> A transmission fluid replacement is recommended.
>> I do change my own oil, minor tune-ups, and brake pad renewal.
>> Is this a service I could do myself?
>>
>> Thanks,
>> eburke
>>

> No. To do it right, your transmission (especially with 90,000 miles)
> needs to be properly flushed. This takes a machine connected to your
> transmission lines which runs new transmission fluid into the system and
> removes the old fluid. There is much fluid in the torque converter
> (2/3) which will never come out if you simply drop the pan and try to
> remove the fluid yourself.
>
> I had the flush done on my 2000 ES300 and it took 30 minutes. Fluid is
> bright red again.


You can do it yourself, it's easy. First drain the trans pan, remove the
pan and replace the trans oil filter. Put it all together and add 4
quarts of synthetic trans fluid. Start, check for leaks, and check the
dipstick, add if needed. Now use the vehicle for a day or two, then
remove the drain plug and drain the 4 quarts in the pan. Add 4 more
quarts of new synthetic trans oil and use the vehicle again for a day or
two. Continue this until you use up 12 quarts of trans fluid. This will
flush out all the old trans fluid. I do this to all my customers. I also
drain a quart after I added the 12 quarts to make sure all the old
fluid is gone. This may seem a little time consuming, but it's far
cheaper and you know the job was done right.

Wayne
 
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Discussion Starter · #4 ·
<p> wrote in message news:[email protected]
>I have a 2000 RX300 2-wheel drive with close to 90,000 miles.
> A transmission fluid replacement is recommended.
> I do change my own oil, minor tune-ups, and brake pad renewal.
> Is this a service I could do myself?
>
> Thanks,
> eburke
>


Everything I've read about transmission servicing on Lexus tranmissions
emphasizes it is important to use Toyota transmission fluid. It's available
at any Toyota (or Lexus) dealer.

If you're going to the trouble, and it's only once every 90K miles, you
might as well go with the recommendation.

XPlant
 
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Discussion Starter · #5 ·
That's a lot of work to still leave old fluid behind. You'll never get
it all that way although you will certainly get most of it.

It cost me $99.00, took 30 minutes of my time and they used the Toyota
fluid proper for Lexus cars (Jiffy Lube). The machine which is designed
for this does not send back in any way the old fluid. They disconnect
your transmission cooler lines and insert the machines lines in between.
It is a once through system. Old fluid out, new fluid in. No mixing.

Wayne wrote:
> Michael wrote:
>
>> p wrote:
>>
>>> I have a 2000 RX300 2-wheel drive with close to 90,000 miles.
>>> A transmission fluid replacement is recommended.
>>> I do change my own oil, minor tune-ups, and brake pad renewal.
>>> Is this a service I could do myself?
>>>
>>> Thanks,
>>> eburke
>>>

>> No. To do it right, your transmission (especially with 90,000 miles)
>> needs to be properly flushed. This takes a machine connected to your
>> transmission lines which runs new transmission fluid into the system
>> and removes the old fluid. There is much fluid in the torque
>> converter (2/3) which will never come out if you simply drop the pan
>> and try to remove the fluid yourself.
>>
>> I had the flush done on my 2000 ES300 and it took 30 minutes. Fluid
>> is bright red again.

>
>
> You can do it yourself, it's easy. First drain the trans pan, remove the
> pan and replace the trans oil filter. Put it all together and add 4
> quarts of synthetic trans fluid. Start, check for leaks, and check the
> dipstick, add if needed. Now use the vehicle for a day or two, then
> remove the drain plug and drain the 4 quarts in the pan. Add 4 more
> quarts of new synthetic trans oil and use the vehicle again for a day or
> two. Continue this until you use up 12 quarts of trans fluid. This will
> flush out all the old trans fluid. I do this to all my customers. I also
> drain a quart after I added the 12 quarts to make sure all the old
> fluid is gone. This may seem a little time consuming, but it's far
> cheaper and you know the job was done right.
>
> Wayne
 
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Discussion Starter · #6 ·
I had my transmission flused at the Toyota dealer. They used a BG machine
and with 120K it shifts like new. It cost about $90 and they use Toyota
fluid.
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