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Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by FundraTRD, Nov 20, 2020.

  1. Nov 20, 2020 at 1:34 PM
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    FundraTRD

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    Hi guys,

    I got a 2007 Tundra with a supercharger on it. Took it to the dealership today for a recall on the gas peddle. Asked if they can check it out since the truck is at 98k now. They said my supercharger and plugs look great. However, they recommended a small list of things that I should do at a cost of about $1200. Oddly, they said they recommend me to change my oil, which was changed not that long ago. I didn’t say anything but I just asked, oh the oil for the engine or the supercharger. They said it’s the oil for the engine and they based it off the ‘sticker’ that was on there from previous. If they checked the dipstick they would have seen that the oil is clean.

    Anyway, one of the things they recommend was a transmission oil flush. I was reading up on this forum and read that you don’t need to flush, just drain and fill. Does anyone have any insight on this? Also they said the transfer casing something about the differentials needs to be serviced and the brake lines look a little dirty. I’ll get the full list of ‘recommendations’ today but this kinda leads me to wonder if they even really checked out my supercharger or if they went off an imaginary sticker. I may YouTube it and just change the oil myself. Hoping I can look up and ask for feedback on the forum to do most if not all the maintenance items myself. When I asked them if anything was critical or if I could wait a couple months they said nothing was critical. Hmmm
     
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  2. Nov 20, 2020 at 2:30 PM
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    Transmission fluid change

    Coolant change

    brake fluid change

    4x4 servicing for differential something is this also a fluid?

    this is the list they gave me. I will YouTube as well but any insight or things to watch out for recommendation on what make of fluids is much appreciated
     
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  3. Nov 20, 2020 at 2:55 PM
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    I'm assuming you're not the original owner. Do you have any maintenance records? Check when was last time these have been done. But yes it's a good idea to service those items at your mileage if never have been done. Coolant, brake fluid, rear differential, transfer case are not difficult to do yourself. The transmission fluid isn't hard either but more steps. Like you said...you can youtube it.
     
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  4. Nov 20, 2020 at 8:42 PM
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    Yes, thank you! I’ve watched some videos and they all seem pretty straight forward.

    The coolant, the two brass bolts on both passenger side and driver side need to be drained correct? Then the reservoir?

    Thanks,
     
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    Also the one video I watched he only put a few liters in and said he had to repeat for the transmission oil why is that? It doesn’t all drain at once?

    and yes I am not the original owner but it had a major service record at 79k including water pump. An I was told one at 90 for fluids but no record. I’ll take a deeper look tomorrow since it’s the weekend.
     
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  6. Nov 20, 2020 at 9:58 PM
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    I have a 2002 Tundra Limited 4.7 V8. I bought the vehicle new in 2001 and have about 272,000 miles on the clock. When I bought the vehicle into the dealership for service, the first 2 years were free. I asked about transmission service and was told to simply drive the vehicle as it did not require fluid changes or adjustments unless I had a leak or hard shifting.

    Well, for 17 years and about 250,000 miles, there was never a drop of transmission fluid on the driveway and the transmission worked perfectly. I frequently checked the transmission fluid level and oil level as this was an old habit. Long story short, at about 250,000 plus miles, the transmission failed without warning in my driveway. I had the Tundra towed to a private shop I trust and had the transmission replaced with a Toyota rebuilt unit purchased from a Toyota dealer.

    The shop owner told me that they might rebuild other makes of transmissions but the rebuilt transmissions from Toyota were the best fix. The cost of the rebuilt transmission, including installation and fluid, was about $2,800. I have now put about 20,000 miles on the rebuilt unit and it works great. The shop owner pointed to my old transmission in a special plastic case on its way back to the Toyota dealer and told me that the he had to put down a $1000 deposit until the old transmission was returned to the Toyota dealer.

    I don't know the service requirements on the 2021 Toyota transmissions.

    In the past, I used to drive 1970 - 1980 era Oldsmobile 88's with the 350 V8 4bbls. I would trade every 3 years at about 100,000 miles. Oldsmobile recommend changing transmission fluid and filters and adjusting the transmission at 10,000 mile intervals, as memory serves. The Oldsmobile's had a very smooth ride and had great power but were expensive to maintain, especially brakes, transmission service and tune-ups.

    After the Oldsmobile 88's and before the 2002 Tundra 4.7, I drove a Ford Club Wagon van with the 300 CID inline 6 cylinder and a 4 speed manual transmission. I put 331,000 miles on the van and pulled most of my own maintenance. I don't trust myself to do brakes and I don't do clutch work (although I have done this on other vehicles).

    I want to put over 331,000 miles on my Tundra and I bet it will make it to 500,000 or so.
     
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    Toyota states 100k on trans fluid. A drain and fill every 25k is what I do on my 05 tundra. Keeps the fluid nice and red, and 5 quarts of fluid every few oil changes is nothing for cheap insurance (granted I tow with this thing a bit)
     
  8. Nov 21, 2020 at 3:21 PM
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    I will discuss the 100,000 recommendation with the owner of the shop that replaced my transmission for me. I have about 20,000 miles with no issues on the rebuild. The 100,000 interval seems reasonable.Originally, I planned to periodically replace the transmission fluid but the Toyota tech said not to do it. Still, 250,000 miles on the original transmission was not too bad in my opinion.

    Transmission fluid is cheaper than transmissions.

    I am retired. Years ago, I planned to buy a new vehicle every other year but that never worked out for me.

    I prefer manual transmissions over automatics but they seem to be going out of favor.

    I am still on my first wife with about 50 years on the clock. She is holding up pretty well.

    Thanks
     
  9. Nov 29, 2020 at 8:04 PM
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    The temp gauge for the transmission fluid is always dead on middle. If it was low, I wonder if it would move the needle up a bit
     
  11. Dec 1, 2020 at 8:48 AM
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    that seems normal to me. No shop should make a engine oil recommendation based on the color of engine oil. Mileage and usage are the norm. if the sticker shows overdue than it is reasonable for them to suggest a change. oil can still look fine and be depleted of its additives or sheared down below proper viscosity

    all the items needed are pretty easy and affordable to do on your own. you can probably do on your own for $200 or less. Look up the videos on how to do a complete fluid change on your transmission. It isn't that hard to drain almost all the fluid out through your cooler hose.
     
  12. Dec 1, 2020 at 7:25 PM
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    Didn’t think of it that way. Thanks for sharing a different perspective. Oddly I never even found the sticker in the car they referred to, maybe they took it off. Just naively thought the first thing they would check is the dipstick.

    I’ve worked retail and weekends holidays for a long time, a recent job change has allowed me normal work hours and weekends holidays off. Therefore I am going to start doing a lot of the work on the truck myself. Been watching videos and if I get stuck I’ll ask here. Seems like there are a lot of helpful and knowledgeable resources on this forum!
     

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