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Toyota ECHO, Coupe, Sedan
#315 of 914 Re: boat [kneisl1]
Jun 22, 2007 (7:00 am)
I wouldn't leave it alone. I drained the AT fluid once a year and everytime there were exactly 3 quarts to refill (Amsoil Universal Synthetic ATF).
Paid the lube place 20 bucks each time for labor and I feel it was worth it.
Just 2 weeks ago I sold my 2001 Echo with 169K miles and the Toyota dealership was very impressed with the transmission (and the rest of the car). It still shifted like new.
The dealership manager purchased the car for his daughter (for University).
#316 of 914 towing 150 miles
Jun 22, 2007 (7:20 am)
Can I tow a boat/ trailer( 500 pounds total) 150 miles? Will trans be ruined? Good idea or not?
Jun 22, 2007 (7:33 am)
Thee is a lot more than 3 quarts of oil in the wuto trans. Its in the torque converter where it cant be drained by removing the pan. To "change" the oil you need to tap into the oil circuit. You feed the new oil in one line and remove the old oil out another with the engine running. If the "technician" does something wrong, you got problems. The owners manual says changeing the oil is, in most cases, unnecessary. Generally you change it because of contamination. The 1979 pickup truck I gave my brother in law has 350,000 miles on it. The auto trans is origional and so is its oil.
Here is a passage from the owners manual:
Using automatic trnasmission fluid other that Toyota Genuine ATF Type T-IV may cause deterioation in shift quality, locking up of your transmission accompanied by vibration, and ultimately dammage the transmission of you vehicle.
Probably BS but who knows?
#318 of 914 Re: change [kneisl1]
Jun 22, 2007 (12:14 pm)
I know that the AT holds more than 3 qts of ATF but that is the exact number of quarts you need when just using the drain plug.
I know all the BS Toyota says about using anything other than Type T-IV fluid.
In my case, I have been using Amsoil for the last 5 years (yearly drain and fills) and the transmission shifts the same as when it was new. The fluid I was using is quite a bit superior to what Toyota claims is unique and irreplaceable.
#319 of 914 air filters?
Jun 23, 2007 (11:17 am)
I took my 2002 ECHO (~48,000 miles) in to an oil change shop to get a new air filter put in but the book they referred to gave them the wrong number. The filter it said to use won't fit an ECHO. Can anyone tell me brand/number of air filters that it takes? Or should I just take it to the dealer to have them change it? Seems like getting a new air filter shouldn't be so ding dang hard!
Jun 23, 2007 (12:43 pm)
I have no reservations in recommending you purchase your ECHOs air filter from the dealer. Its $12. Its an excellent filter far better than anything I have ever seen before. I get mine there and I am so cheap I squeek when I walk. I use Purolator oil filters on my ECHO I get for 99 cents each at Pep Boys on sale. But I use the Toyota air filter. It lasts 30k miles. I hate to think what Toyota will charge you to change it though. Can you do it yourself?
#321 of 914 Re: filter [kneisl1]
Jun 24, 2007 (5:32 am)
I'll have to do it myself ... or take it to the oil change shop .... or corner one of my brothers. Thanks for the heads up. I'll check at the dealer.
Jun 22, 2007 (10:48 am)
Hi. New here.
My 2001 Echo 4-door had an overheating episode.
It was in a wreck in 2002, also a minor one
earlier this year. I have a feeling that the body
shop(s) neglected to reinstall the auxiliary
cooling fan, or perhaps for some unknown reason
the car never had one. I just drove from
Tennessee to Iowa with no problems, but on a
short trip up here she shut down. (It was low on
coolant also). Perhaps I am lucky to still have a
car, but what I want to know is shouldn't I have
one of these fans? Doesn't every Asian car made
since the Carter administration have one?
I am also interested to know if anyone has
installed a coolant temperature gauge and what
kind of a gig it was. It is scary not knowing
when you are about to boil over.
Jun 22, 2007 (12:24 pm)
Yes there is a fan. It right behind the radiator if you look. Dont look when the car is hot cause it might turn on! It wont go on when youre moving. But the car wont idle without one esp if its hot out. So I think you have a fan but you were just low on coolant.
Your warning lights will work just as well and tell you of trouble. If you just had a gauge you would have to look at it all the time. If you dont...blown engine! Youre ECHO is modern and computerized and is always looking out for itself. I dont think it needs a gauge. Thee is a gizmo which plugs into the computer which will tell you everything about your car. I forgt its name maybe somebody knows.
#324 of 914 Re: fan [kneisl1]
Jun 25, 2007 (7:55 am)
It's the scangauge. See www.scangauge.com