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Transmission fluid change

Discussion in '2nd Gen Tundras (2007-2013)' started by gbing, May 18, 2016.

  1. May 18, 2016 at 8:03 PM
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    I'm wanting to change transmission fluid on a 2013 Tundra 5.7 4X4. Does anyone have any instructions for this. I plan to drain the pan, then fill transmission back and remove the cooler return line, start the truck and drain fluid then refill a few times until I get most old fluid out. My question is getting the truck into transmission temperature monitoring mode to check the level of fluid. I have seen that people have posted that you can jump between terminals 4 and 13 on the OBD2 and get the truck into transmission temp monitoring mode where the "D" light will come on after temperature reaches desired temp to check level. Has anyone done this and will it work on the 2013 year model? Dealer wanted to do a power flush for $299, however I contacted Toyota and the person I talked to said they don't advise doing a flush under any circumstances, only do a drain and fill. Thanks
     
  2. May 18, 2016 at 8:10 PM
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    So if they recommend a drain and fill why do something else?

    Oh, and welcome!
     
  3. May 19, 2016 at 3:41 PM
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    Some Mods :) See build thread for details
    This has been discussed before on here with @LOTSOFTOYS and we came to the conclusion, i think, that you should just drain and flush.
    I have no idea about the mods to be able to see temp and fill level. Sorry.
     
  4. May 20, 2016 at 4:28 AM
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  5. May 20, 2016 at 7:09 PM
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    Drain and fill ftw. Let the professionals do it
     
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  6. May 20, 2016 at 7:47 PM
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    Per the maintenance manual:

    30k miles: check level, trans sensors and function. Toyota did this for me free of charge.

    60k miles: same as 30k unless you fall under special operating conditions. Then it is time for a drain and fill.

    This was 7 qts and cost me 199.00 out the door for this service

    90k miles: same as 30k service

    120k miles: same as 60k mile service.

    Never flush a transmission, that is for toilets. Service transmissions. I have a friend in TX that has his own shop for 30+ years and has told me about some of these flushing machines. That was just scary. He also told me to drain the pan once a year, new filter, add fluid and you will be good to go.

    Now with our trucks and not having a dip stick to check level, I would just go off what Toyota recommends. This also happens to help with warranty work in the slim chance the transmission fails. There have been people denied warranty work due to missing the 30/60/90k transmission checks. To be honest, it should be denied if one neglects the vehicle.
     
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  7. May 20, 2016 at 8:23 PM
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  8. May 21, 2016 at 6:54 AM
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    Pretty much everyone who owns a truck falls under the 60k interval. Especially here in co. Mtn driving, towing etc... 60k drain and fill and call it good
     
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    I'm glad you think so (and I agree with you). My dealership closest to me says not to do anything to the transmission until 120K miles. I actually had to fight with them about doing the 60K drain and fill. I will do it again at 90K. Not sure I will use the Toyota dealership though.
     
  10. Jun 14, 2017 at 4:51 PM
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    Use a gallon milk jug . Drain pan then drain into gallon jug determine amount then
    Replace that amount .
    Then remove return trans line from radiator have assistant hold line into gallon jug . Run engine drain 3 qt at a time. Replace fluid repeat until fully flushed.. this will drain torque converter...
    Did this on my sienna one annual
     
  11. Jun 14, 2017 at 6:49 PM
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    1) drive down to the local Speedy Oil shop
    2) Write check
    3) There is no step 3
     
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    Do it yourself, do it right,
    Don't trust some jiffy lube flunky
     
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    I talked to Toyota while I was in for getting my gears swapped. 60k is the mileage on doing the trans fluid CHANGE. They said absolutely DO NOT FLUSH. Drain it and filler back up. Pretty simple.
     
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    Next on the to do list then fluids are all "did".

    Am a bit skeptic and lost in that forums discussion how to change. Is it that way for a 2nd gen, 08, 5.7??
     
  15. Sep 3, 2017 at 7:46 AM
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    Ok folks need opinion
    Do I need 13 quarts of WS to complete the transmission change??
     
  16. Sep 3, 2017 at 8:06 AM
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    My notes say that the capacity is 12.3 quarts, so, I'd say ya.
     
  17. Sep 3, 2017 at 8:21 AM
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    Nysssssss, and thank you!!!

    eBay list at $9.80/ quart and I plan to do surgery this week
     
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    You might want to try your local dealer first - my dealer sells WS for $7.25/Litre Canadian $$ - much cheaper than Ebay or Amazon.
     
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    I did here. Parts quoted me almost $12 a quart. eBay will be my bestie again.
     
  20. Sep 3, 2017 at 11:15 AM
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    Wow. Maybe I'd better jump on that price before they decide they made a mistake.
     
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    $;?%{!#{^!63!),!
    Who the hell decides to overtighten the overflow plug on the trans-pan?

    Am doing a pre-pull on the bolts, and the hex is on the verge of snapping with no sign of loosening....
    Fffffgggfffaaaaggggg!!!!
     
  22. Sep 3, 2017 at 11:53 AM
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    eBay always less I noticed.....
     
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    Give it a sharp rap dead on with a small-ish hammer, and try again.
     
  24. Sep 3, 2017 at 12:21 PM
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    Nope. Plan B.

    Will have to drill out b

    Splines stripped on plug. Darnittttt!!!
     
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    Alas!!!! I got it loose
    Sprayed plug with liquid wrench
    Drove about 13 miles to get pan warmed
    Applied vice-grips and
    BANG!!!!!! Off she came.

    I will have to order a new plug....

    Surgery next week
     
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    Glad you're winning, even if a bit delayed. :thumbsup:

    I have to work up the ambition to do this myself one of these days very soon, I'm going all out with a DIY "flush" and replacing the strainer too.
     
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    Me too. I have to work up the ambition in sync with a day off. I have all the parts and fluid sitting together on the tool shelf. Sigh....
     
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    Well I guess one hour with an extra pair of hands and you good. Am riding eBay juice tomorrow
     
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    I know when I'm all done, I'm gonna look back and wonder why I procrastinated for as long as I have. I'm hoping and planning for next weekend.
     
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    eBay has 12qts WS for $113 free shipping.

    If you search around eBay and making two orders, you could get it for a little over $100.....
     
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