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#8 of 601 lost automatic transmission fluid
Dec 12, 2006 (5:41 pm)
I have a 2005 tacoma 4.0 L DoubleCab with an automatic transmission, with 20K miles. While attempting to change my oil (for my first time with this vehicle) in the dark something I highly recommend you never do, especially with a new vehicle!), I inadvertently loosened the auto-transmission fluid bolt (funny same size 14mm too).
Well needless to say, after the first few seconds observing Toyota's "amazing red" come pouring out, I was slightly panicked. In my haste, i dropped the bolt and let about 1-2 cups (as in measuring cups...not sure exactly, but the bolt was out for about 5 seconds).
ANYWAY, I purchased a quart of fluid from a local dealer (yikes! $25/qt)but am just now finding out that there is no dipstick to check just how much i lost, and how much to replace (which brings me to another problem)
Can I safely drive without adding the fluid? Will I need a complete auto-trans fluid change? Can Toyota, any knowledgeable mechanic, or me and my "lacking auto" skills bring it back to normal??? Please help me forget the error of my ways!
#9 of 601 Re: lost automatic transmission fluid [jetsjam]
Dec 13, 2006 (5:03 pm)
when i first got my 2006 doublecab I had to research a bit to find out that it doesnt have a dipstick. Its a sealed tranny that shouldnt be messed with until its due servicing. All I can say for advice is find out when the tranny needs to be serviced, maybe you arent to far away from it and can just have the dealer service it for you. Or research from the dealer or anyone else who might know how to service it yourself. I havent figured that out yet so sorry. Well thats all I can say about that.
#10 of 601 2006 Tacoma Auto. Trans. Fluid
Dec 17, 2006 (7:47 pm)
I accidentally unscrewed the transmission fluid drain plug while doing an oil change & lost some tranny fluid.... 2 questions:
(1) Can I pour replacement automatic transmission fluid
down the tranny dipstick tube?
(2) Is there a specific kind of auto. trans. fluid for the
#11 of 601 Hard shifting on Mamual Transmission
Dec 20, 2006 (10:44 am)
I just bought a new 07 Tacoma manual 5 speed. First gear is very "rough" to shift into. Does anybody know - Can you adjust the stick shift to make it smoother? Does it get smoother over time? Or am I stuck with it?
Thanks in advance
#12 of 601 Re: Hard shifting on Mamual Transmission [cjenning]
Dec 20, 2006 (3:44 pm)
Rough how? Is it hard to get into gear, or does the truck jerk while in gear? I have a 2006 auto, and it does seem as if first gear has a little kick to it.
#13 of 601 Re: Hard shifting on Mamual Transmission [beach_brada]
Dec 20, 2006 (6:52 pm)
It's hard to get it into gear. The others are smooth, it just glides in. But in first gear I have to push it in.
#14 of 601 Auto Transmission Problems
Dec 25, 2006 (11:53 pm)
I have a 2002 Tacoma Double Cab 4x4 with an auto transmission that we have owned since new. In addition to the persistent water leak and bad brakes we now are experiencing a problem with the tranny not wanting to go into Park or Reverse. I have only seen one other post on this in the forums and it was dated back in '02. Right now the truck is parked in neutral and of course you cant remove the key. Oh what a feeling! Not! Oh yes the rig only has 65k. Any thoughts or suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
#15 of 601 Re: Auto Transmission Problems [mushhuskies]
Dec 26, 2006 (1:10 pm)
I wanted to let folks know that a member from another forum diagnosed the problem and rather simple solution. Apparently the transmission had a buildup of slush and ice on it that prevented the shifter from moving forward. I idled the rig for about 30 minutes and it melted off and voila! the shifter is working once again. Pretty amazing that this hadnt happened before cuz we definitely live in snow country and these nasty driving conditions are normal.
#16 of 601 Re: Hard shifting on Mamual Transmission [cjenning]
Dec 28, 2006 (10:09 am)
Is shifting into first “rough(ness)” similar in resistance to shifting into reverse? I have an “06” manual transmission and (without schlepping outside in the freezing rain to test this idea) I think it is a bit more challenging to get into both first and reverse than the other gears. Part of this was due to adjusting to a new gear-shifting pattern for me; as I have become more accustomed to it, it is much less an issue. I do remember it being a bit “rough” at first though. If this persists for you, or if it seems “rough(er)” than shifting into reverse by much, I suggest talking to the dealer.
all da best,
#17 of 601 Re: Hard shifting on Mamual Transmission [cjenning]
Dec 31, 2006 (8:02 am)
Hi, I just bought (Dec 28th) a new 07 Tacoma with the 6 speed manual and I have noticed some similar things to what Carl describes. Every now and then, shifting into first meets mild resistance, and sometimes there's a clunk. I've been very careful to keep the clutch all the way to the floor, so I know it's not that.
But, my main complaint is that shifting from first to second often has a noticeable crunch that the other gears don't usually produce. Again, I'm being very careful to keep the clutch all the way in and shift slowly.
I've driven stick-shift all my life, but always on little cars like Honda Accords and Integras. They've always shifted very smoothly. Now I'm trying to decide if there's something wrong with my new Tacoma or if this is just what it's like to drive a truck.