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Old 08-30-2013, 09:22 AM   #11
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My 4Runner has a sealed transmission.
I had 50,000 miles on it when I had the oil changed last.
When asking about tranny oil change noting I have been pulling a TT, the service manager said it was still good for 100,000.

Now that I am home, I am going to have it flushed and changed at 60,000.

The sealed trannys take a special machine evidently to flush and not just drop 50% of the fluid and refill.

I think it cost a couple hundred $$, but that's from the 4Runner forum information.

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Old 09-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #12
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Dear New Sheriff (congrats) -- some info regarding 4runner trannies. Enjoy.

http://www.toyota-4runner.org/mainte...on-sealed.html
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Old 09-23-2013, 03:53 PM   #13
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As an ASE certified mechanic, I would agree with most of the posts above... Follow the owners manual. We have an 08 Expidition at the shop and it says to service every 150k under normal use. Again, towing would not be considered normal use so it is wise to see what it says about severe use.
In my personal TV, I change the trans fluid and filter once a year regurdless if it looks bad or not. In an average year, it may get 10k miles on it, but most of those miles are snow plowing and towing miles, so my trans takes a but kicking just about every time it is run.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, USE THE CORRECT FLUID. Ford has several differant fluids on the market and all are differant. If Im not mistaken, the expidition takes Mercon LV (but it could also be Mercon SP). Check with the dealer for the correct fluid. You can use Valvoline Maxlife ATF if it takes the LV, but if not, you will be buying SP from the Ford dealership. GOOD LUCK, and change the filter while your at it, dont just do a flush...
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Dear New Sheriff (congrats) -- some info regarding 4runner trannies. Enjoy.

http://www.toyota-4runner.org/mainte...on-sealed.html
Thanks for the link WT, I appreciate it.

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Old 09-23-2013, 04:38 PM   #15
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As an ASE certified mechanic, I would agree with most of the posts above... Follow the owners manual. We have an 08 Expidition at the shop and it says to service every 150k under normal use. Again, towing would not be considered normal use so it is wise to see what it says about severe use.
In my personal TV, I change the trans fluid and filter once a year regurdless if it looks bad or not. In an average year, it may get 10k miles on it, but most of those miles are snow plowing and towing miles, so my trans takes a but kicking just about every time it is run.
MOST IMPORTANTLY, USE THE CORRECT FLUID. Ford has several differant fluids on the market and all are differant. If Im not mistaken, the expidition takes Mercon LV (but it could also be Mercon SP). Check with the dealer for the correct fluid. You can use Valvoline Maxlife ATF if it takes the LV, but if not, you will be buying SP from the Ford dealership. GOOD LUCK, and change the filter while your at it, dont just do a flush...

As another tech i agree
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Question for the Techs that reponded.
I was told once that if you havn't changed the tranny fluid befre 100k,dont do it,it will lossen up junk and failure will result.
This was told to me by a mechanic and I have actually heard of this happening to someone.
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Old 09-24-2013, 08:03 AM   #17
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Question for the Techs that reponded.
I was told once that if you havn't changed the tranny fluid befre 100k,dont do it,it will lossen up junk and failure will result.
This was told to me by a mechanic and I have actually heard of this happening to someone.
That is true! If transmission is not done on a regular schedule and especially if fluid is darker in color it is best to leave it alone and just add fluid when needed.

Transmissions have come along ways and are made so much better and the fluid improvements have made a realistic difference in the life of transmissions
Remember heat kills transmissions. .
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I am over cautious and am a believer in oil is cheaper and easier than a new tranny. When I bought my truck, (used) I dropped every fluid and filter there was so I knew where I stood on everything. My tranny takes about 16qts so I put in and drop 7 at a time with 21 qts overall to do a flush. I do this every 2 years regardless of mileage since I am only doing about 10K a year anyway. It costs me about $130.00 bucks with the in line filter also being changed. This gets about 75% changed. I have yet to see mine hit over 190 for more than a few minutes. I am usually in the 165-175 range unless making a steep climb or off road.

I will add that I don't mix brands of fluids either. I stick with one and use it religiously.
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I was told once that if you havn't changed the tranny fluid befre 100k,dont do it,it will lossen up junk and failure will result.
This was told to me by a mechanic and I have actually heard of this happening to someone.
I thaink that is an old wives tale... I just bought my most recent TV last fall with over 200k miles on it and had no history of trans maintenance, and I didn't think twice about changing the fluid and filter. In fact, not knowing when or if it was ever serviced only makes it that much more important to change IMO. Transmission oil is basicly a 5W30 oil with a lot of detergents and additives. When I pulled the pan, there was some crud in the bottom and on the magnet, but nothing that would have led me to believe there was anything to be worried about. If anything, by changing the filter, you are allowing fluid to better flow through the trans if the old filter was begining to plug.
If you pull the pan down, and find that there is a bunch of metal or fiber in the pan, it may be too late and you are heading for a rebuild anyway
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I thaink that is an old wives tail...
Do you mean "tale"? Sorry man...just couldn't pass that up.
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