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How do I check the transmission fluid?

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by Randy Morton, May 21, 2016.

  1. May 21, 2016 at 8:41 AM
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    I looked in the manual and didn't see a reference to checking the level, and a fairly thorough search under the hood didn't reveal a dipstick. What am I missing?
     
  2. May 21, 2016 at 8:50 AM
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    Sealed system. The dealership will have to do this service. (30/60/90/120K miles)
     
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  3. May 22, 2016 at 8:51 AM
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    I'm not sure I like that idea. I prefer checkable fluids. My previous pickup (non-Toyota) started leaking transmission fluid during a trip to the Davis Mountains (the McDonald Observatory is well worth the trip) and I'd have been hard pressed to find a dealer, and possibly a qualified mechanic.
     
  4. May 22, 2016 at 10:30 AM
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    The fluid level is able to be checked....just not by you. Lol. You can get a scan gauge and go that route.

    I haven't had an issue with it yet. If transmission fluid is leaking all over the place, time to get it fixed anyway.
     
  5. May 22, 2016 at 11:56 AM
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  6. May 22, 2016 at 12:34 PM
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  7. May 22, 2016 at 1:49 PM
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    Most manufacturers are going to sealed systems. My last couple cars have been the same.
     
  8. May 22, 2016 at 5:29 PM
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    Not too bad of an idea with a top notch tranny. Mercedes trannies are sealed too.
     
  9. May 23, 2016 at 5:08 PM
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    You simply pull the dip stick! OH...I have a 1st Gen, they actually gave us one of those things! I'm pretty sure the new ones are similar to the Taco which has a real convoluted process to get a light blinking and then you pull the fill plug and it should just drip out. If they have a code for the Tundra Tranny you can get a Scan Gauge which will show the actual tranny temp so you know when to pull the plug to check it. Pretty simple with a Scan Gauge, a real PITA if you don't have one.
     
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  10. May 23, 2016 at 5:25 PM
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    Priceless.. 1st gens rules.
     
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  11. May 23, 2016 at 5:59 PM
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    The correct answer is... YOU DONT
     
  12. May 23, 2016 at 7:31 PM
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    We 2nd gens have a better tranny. Apparently can last to 999,999 miles +. Who needs a dip stick. 2nd gens rule actually.
     
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  13. May 23, 2016 at 7:32 PM
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    If 2nd generation are so great then why did they make 3rd
     
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    "3rd" was sheet metal and fancier cab. Same mechanics. Not really a true new gen. Just sayin......you were sayin???
     
  15. May 23, 2016 at 7:42 PM
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    1st gen:

    dog.jpg

    2nd gen:

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    3rd gen:see above:
     
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    Lol, I know. I would say the true 3rd Gen will be a diesel
     
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    I wouldn't lose too much sleep waiting for the diesel. Better to dream about a gas 4.0L, 350HP, 390 torque, turbo'd V-6. Odds are much better for that than the Cubs to make it to the world series or a diesel.
     
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    This is the one I wanted
    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    Japanese prototype. One off. Very cool. I wouldn't want it. I go off pavement.
     
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    Not going to happen. You have a better chance at stepping on a land mine then that thing getting off the ground anytime soon.
     
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    I know but it's fun to dream
     
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    Or this:

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    That proto dually is a garish nightmare to me. Toyota was smart to not even show it here.
     
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    I prefer the flying pig with shades any day. Or Floyd:

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    Bottom line is, to get back on track before Sean or Brian notices..heh heh............Don't worry too much about your tranny until at least 60K, more like 90K.
     
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    Now the games are over.

    The oil today is transmissions is way advanced of the transmissions today. Only company that pushes the oil limit is GM. While most of us are in dextron 2,3 or 4.. GM is on dextron 6 I heard dextron 7 is on the way or already here.

    Just like engine oils are more advance than you think. Thank Mobil oil for that.
     
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    Ditto^^ except the games are just beginning:

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    my manual says 60k and 120k service on my 07. i just hit 100k and the PO said he had it done maybe 5 years ago so i am just going to have mine done at 120k. i had one shop tell me about $150, and the another one tell me $590.....i would do it myself but it is such a messy job and i dont have a lift etc.....the oil changes suck enough as it is...
     
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