First diy oil and trans fluid change - Edited and updated

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Is that how used oil supposed to look like? IMG_20210610_3153.jpg
And I got maybe 3 qt out of it...
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Edit. While doing 1st diy oil, I also did first diy trans fluid change. What a PITA!!
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Edit: Not sure if I can turn this post around, but I'll try.


According to the manual, we should change the Trans fluid at 60K. I'm around that milage now, so figured why not.
The procedure itself is fairly straight forward.
To drain the fluid, remove 24mm fill plug on pass side of trans, remove a 14 mm drain plug in the back of pan, and for good measure remove or at least crack open the overflow plug (5mm hex) in the front.
This process will drain approx 3 quarts of atf.
Now it's time to refill your transmission. Install a new overpriced crush washer on the drain plug, and tighten it (can't find torque info on it). Again, New washer on overflow plug, but this one just finger tight for now.
Now add you fresh ATF WS ( I used this pump ) 3-3.5 quarts should be quite enough.
And now it's time to check your atf level. For that, we have to bring up trans temp to 104°-113°F*. Yep, that tight. Start your engine, let it warm up, and when your atf reaches that optimal temperature, it's time ( with engine running) to remove the overflow plug and drain the excess fluid. It should start quite heavy, and when it calms down to just a drip, replace the overflow plug (with a new washer) and tighten it to 15 lbs. You have only a few minutes before temperature gets too high.

And voila!! All done!
actually, I performed drain & refill process twice, just to add 3 more quarts of fresh atf. Not sure how much of a difference did that make besides adding some more time to the entire operation [/S]


*I use Scanguage to monitor the temperature.
There is a way to check it using TechStream or shorting pins #4 and #13 on obd and putting the cpu into Temp Check mode. Like this
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Here's the procedure copied from "another site", written by @rowsdower

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Now for realz, oil change isn't all that big of a deal. My ifs skid has a hole for a drain plug, and an access door to get to the filter. Easy peazy!

Transmission fluid isn't all that bad neither. But.its time consuming. Last time around when I had to add fluid to the transmission, I didn't have anything in the way. Not the same story now. Mobtown Offroad (trans and tc) skids are bolted to cross member using four existing bolts, plus tc skid has its own cross member and three more 3/8 bolts. Aaand I had to remove both skids. Since it was late af, no more power tools (yeah, I'm trying to be a halfway decent neighbor).
 

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Now for realz, oil change isn't all that big of a deal. My ifs skid has a hole for a drain plug, and an access door to get to the filter. Easy peazy!

Transmission fluid isn't all that bad neither. But.its time consuming. Last time around when I had to add fluid to the transmission, I didn't have anything in the way. Not the same story now. Mobtown Offroad (trans and tc) skids are bolted to cross member using four existing bolts, plus tc skid has its own cross member and three more 3/8 bolts. Aaand I had to remove both skids. Since it was late af, no more power tools (yeah, I'm trying to be a halfway decent neighbor).
If it isn't dark, power tools are fair game.

Also fuck my neighbors. I don't have the lights to work at dark otherwise I'd work until 10.
 
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What, no discussion of what weight motor oil or what interval?

“I use 5/w30 and change my oil every 2k miles, because fuck Toyota engineers “, lol
Kinda new at it, I'll try to troll better next time... :evilgrin:


Lol. I came across of that in real life in a quick lube that I used to go to. An old-timer came in with his kid's Altima for an oil change and was arguing that he wants a 10 W 40 in it. After a while, worker gave up, decided that "customer is always right" poured in bulk 10w 40.
 

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Kinda new at it, I'll try to troll better next time... :evilgrin:


Lol. I came across of that in real life in a quick lube that I used to go to. An old-timer came in with his kid's Altima for an oil change and was arguing that he wants a 10 W 40 in it. After a while, worker gave up, decided that "customer is always right" poured in bulk 10w 40.
:oops: thicc... damn!
 
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