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2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice

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I am getting ready to do a drain/refill of the automatic transmission in my 2002 Toyota Tacoma Prerunner double cab. I had been under the impression (for some reason) that it required a Toyota-specific tranny fluid. However, I just got out the owner's manual and it specs "Automatic transmission fluid D-II or DEXRON III (DEXRON II)".

So my question is this: Is it worthwhile to go with Mobil 1 synthetic? Or is it ok to just use a name brand tranny fluid? I use Mobil 1 oil in the engine.

I need something I can buy locally, because I plan to do this tommorow.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

David Taylor
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You are correct, there is no filter to replace. All there is that sits there is a screen. I fyou got to clean that, IMHO, you got bigger problems. I took a look at mine when I had a linkage problem. If you drop the pan, you will have to use SillyKone, there is no gasket. Not to tell you how to do it or anyhting but this is the way I do it.

Start with the truck cold on a flat surface and drain.

Measure what came out in old 5qt oil container.

Replace with the same amount, drive till hot and add if needed.

I replace with Quaker State Standard DEX III once a year if it needs it or not. I do pull a boat quite a bit but my oil always is nice, red, and no order. I drive an average of about 22k a year.

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