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I've been reading on Gadget's website about the transmission flushes. Can anyone tell me what kind Toyota Service departments do? Do they actually drop the pan and change the filter? If you bring them Synthetic will they use it? I know lots of question. :D
 

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Most dealerships are independent and offer different services. Your best bet is to pick up a telephone, call your dealer and ask.
 

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I heard there is another way to do it by disconnecting some hose on the Tranny. I still want to see a link with procedures on how to do this.
 

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Most dealerships are independent and offer different services. Your best bet is to pick up a telephone, call your dealer and ask.
Just called two Toyota dealers. First one says they use a MOC Transmission machine and charge $129 for regular AT Fluid and $189 for synthetic. They do not change the filter out. The second dealer didn't know what machine he had and they charge $106 for regular AT fluid and $179 for synthetic. They said changing the filter is a separate job altogether. What do you guys think? Should the filter be changed out at 30,000? what about the type of machine?
 

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If you only have 30k why not just drain and refill? If you have never done so you can drop the pan and check the screen yourself. (it's a debris scren not a filter, it can be cleaned with solvent, or degreaser). If you have no problems witht the trany just do a drain and refill every year or 15k miles and run an auxillary fluid cooler. The only reason I would flush is if the fluid was contaminated or oxidized severely. If you can keep the additives refresshed and the temperatures under conrol the fluid will last a long time that way IMHO.
Flushes do alot of things, mostly they sell alot of transmission fluid.
 

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The machine plugs into the two steel tranny lines that go from the tranny into your radaitor, the pro is it flushes the old crap out of all the valves and small passages inside the tranny. People try to sell this service long before you really need it, like bryanccfshr said they use a lot of fuild.
 

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I've been reading on Gadget's website about the transmission flushes. Can anyone tell me what kind Toyota Service departments do? Do they actually drop the pan and change the filter? If you bring them Synthetic will they use it? I know lots of question. :D
I did mine at 32K but removing the line that goes back into the tranny and sticking that into a gallon container. Since im running two coolers this way it will flush out both coolers as well. Since the fluid in the pan still looked ok i didnt bother with the screen so i drained and filled it with 4 qrts of redline synthetic D4, installed the plug then i had my buddy start up the truck with the hose inside the container. As long as the truck is in park there isnt alot of pressure comming out of that line. Remember for every gallon of fluid takes 4 qrts of new fluid. I did this process till 20 qrts was used. Redline and amsoil are both pretty expensive so i went ahead and bought 24 qrts or 2 cases. In total i paid $225.00. So far i have 41K and she runs like a dream although she ran like a dream before the flush but now shes happy. Since he worked at a shop disposing the fluid was no problem but you also have to figure out were to dispose 20qrts of fluid or 5 gallons worth. Most of your fluid is located in your tourqe converter.
 

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When I did the valve body upgeade with IPT, the trans took nearly 9 quart of fluid to refill afterwards (John was right on the money at the 9 quart figure to buy). I would guess the torque convertor holds about 3-4 quarts of oil.. either that or stuff REALLY leaks out when you pull the VB off. It was the messiest thing I've ever done on a vehicle. That includes getting coolant poured on my head under a Mustang.

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Toyota Trans Filters Are Just A Screen Mesh And Do Not Require Replacing. The Flush Machines Work Great They Actually Replace All The Fluid As Apposed To Just The Fluid Lying In The Pan. The Flush Is Weel Worth The Money
 

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if you wanna do it right you would flush it, then change the filter that way all the crap you take out by flushing it gets in the filter and not in a new filter. but as the guy above said tacomas dont have filters which i find that odd..?
 

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Does any one know a procedure to do it at home. I dont have a Tranny cooler. I have heard of a way to disconnect some hoese and be able to drain and refeil the entire tranny
 

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Does any one know a procedure to do it at home. I dont have a Tranny cooler. I have heard of a way to disconnect some hoese and be able to drain and refeil the entire tranny
Gaget posted this on the old forum last year-

You don't need a write up. It is pretty simple.

First you will need a good size bucket. I find that the 5 gal pail that Fresh Scoop cat little comes in is the very best. I have tested all different kinds of cat little buckets, but this one is the best.

Next, drain the pan. Refil with fresh fluid. Then remove the return hose that leaves the radiator and goes back to the trans and put that hose in the cat little bucket.

Then start the engine. ATF should now be flowing out the hose into the bucket. Watch this stream and when it starts to peter out shut the engine off and refil the pan. Keep repeating this until you have run about 5 gals of ATF through the tranny.

Reconnect the hose, top off the pan and you are done.

This home flushing proceedure is the very same thing as the cooler line flush machine that you see detailed on my website.

Now if you want to improve on this home flushing proceedure, get a can of BG ATF Quick Clean and put that in the tranny and drive it around easily for 20-30 minutes before you start the flush. Of course replacing the tranny filter should be done while you are still under warranty. This will give you the chance to look in the pan for any loose parts that would indicate a pending tranny failure.

Remember, about the proper brand of cat little bucket....
 
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