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    C. E. White
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    Default Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic

    What is the group wisdom on changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4
    cylinder automatic? The Toyota maintenance schedule doesn't specify changing
    the transmission fluid at all for "normal driving conditions" and only
    specifies replaceing it at 120,000 miles if you use the vehicle for towing.

    My thought is that it would be better to do a partial replacement every
    30,000 miles or so (drain the pan and add new fluid). Is this a waste of
    time?

    Ed





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    hachiroku
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    Default Re: Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic

    On Wed, 02 May 2007 23:47:24 +0000, C. E. White wrote:

    > What is the group wisdom on changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4
    > cylinder automatic? The Toyota maintenance schedule doesn't specify changing
    > the transmission fluid at all for "normal driving conditions" and only
    > specifies replaceing it at 120,000 miles if you use the vehicle for towing.
    >
    > My thought is that it would be better to do a partial replacement every
    > 30,000 miles or so (drain the pan and add new fluid). Is this a waste of
    > time?
    >
    > Ed



    Nah. Cheap insurance.


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    Ph@Boy
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    Default Re: Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic

    C. E. White wrote:
    > What is the group wisdom on changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4
    > cylinder automatic? The Toyota maintenance schedule doesn't specify changing
    > the transmission fluid at all for "normal driving conditions" and only
    > specifies replaceing it at 120,000 miles if you use the vehicle for towing.
    >
    > My thought is that it would be better to do a partial replacement every
    > 30,000 miles or so (drain the pan and add new fluid). Is this a waste of
    > time?
    >
    > Ed
    >
    >

    A lot depends on the type of driving you do, check the condition of the
    oil, if it begins to look a bit dark and smells not like new, change it,
    oil and filters are usually cheaper than transmissions.

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    Ray O
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    Default Re: Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic


    "C. E. White" <cewhite@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:gq9_h.3010$296.5@newsread4.news.pas.earthlink .net...
    > What is the group wisdom on changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4
    > 4 cylinder automatic? The Toyota maintenance schedule doesn't specify
    > changing the transmission fluid at all for "normal driving conditions" and
    > only specifies replaceing it at 120,000 miles if you use the vehicle for
    > towing.
    >
    > My thought is that it would be better to do a partial replacement every
    > 30,000 miles or so (drain the pan and add new fluid). Is this a waste of
    > time?
    >
    > Ed

    Your vehicle may use the new World Standard ATF - you can tell because there
    is no transmission dipstick. If that is the case, just follow the factory
    recommendation.
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)



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    C. E. White
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    "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
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    > Your vehicle may use the new World Standard ATF - you can tell because
    > there is no transmission dipstick. If that is the case, just follow the
    > factory recommendation.


    It has a dipstick. The shop manual makes it look like changing just the
    fluid would be fairly easy. My though is if I just do a partial change
    (replace whatever drains out when the plug is removed) that I'll keep the
    fluid in good shape. This is waht I am doing for my Niassan truck.

    Ed



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    Ray O
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    "C. E. White" <cewhite@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    news:dsc_h.11242$3P3.2707@newsread3.news.pas.earth link.net...
    >
    > "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
    > news:15a72$4639526f$47c2b532$31698@msgid.meganewss ervers.com...
    >
    >> Your vehicle may use the new World Standard ATF - you can tell because
    >> there is no transmission dipstick. If that is the case, just follow the
    >> factory recommendation.

    >
    > It has a dipstick. The shop manual makes it look like changing just the
    > fluid would be fairly easy. My though is if I just do a partial change
    > (replace whatever drains out when the plug is removed) that I'll keep the
    > fluid in good shape. This is waht I am doing for my Niassan truck.
    >
    > Ed

    I would just watch the condition of the fluid, and if it starts to get
    brown, do the drain and refill. Just make sure you use the correct ATF
    type. I am assuming that this is your SO's ride, and the the time and money
    spent changing the ATF is a good investment compared to the brain damage you
    would get if the transmission tanked before she was ready for a new ride ;-)
    --

    Ray O
    (correct punctuation to reply)




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    C. E. White
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    "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
    news:ce064$463958ad$47c2b532$31882@msgid.meganewss ervers.com...
    >
    > "C. E. White" <cewhite@mindspring.com> wrote in message
    > news:dsc_h.11242$3P3.2707@newsread3.news.pas.earth link.net...
    >>
    >> "Ray O" <rokigawaATtristarassociatesDOTcom> wrote in message
    >> news:15a72$4639526f$47c2b532$31698@msgid.meganewss ervers.com...
    >>
    >>> Your vehicle may use the new World Standard ATF - you can tell because
    >>> there is no transmission dipstick. If that is the case, just follow the
    >>> factory recommendation.

    >>
    >> It has a dipstick. The shop manual makes it look like changing just the
    >> fluid would be fairly easy. My though is if I just do a partial change
    >> (replace whatever drains out when the plug is removed) that I'll keep the
    >> fluid in good shape. This is waht I am doing for my Niassan truck.
    >>
    >> Ed

    > I would just watch the condition of the fluid, and if it starts to get
    > brown, do the drain and refill. Just make sure you use the correct ATF
    > type. I am assuming that this is your SO's ride, and the the time and
    > money spent changing the ATF is a good investment compared to the brain
    > damage you would get if the transmission tanked before she was ready for a
    > new ride ;-)


    Definitely. Her last two cars went becasue of transmission problems (a late
    80's Camry and a mid 90's Chrysler mini van). Of course both had in the
    neighboorhood of 200,000 miles at the time of failure.

    Ed



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    =?iso-2022-jp?q?Hachiroku_=1B$B%O%A%m%=2F=1B=28B?=
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    Default Re: Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic

    On Thu, 03 May 2007 03:44:30 +0000, C. E. White wrote:

    >
    > Definitely. Her last two cars went becasue of transmission problems (a
    > late 80's Camry and a mid 90's Chrysler mini van).



    What? A 90's Chrysler tanking a tranny?!?! Who would have thought?!

    Question: were you the original owner, and did you ever put Dexron/Mercon
    into it?

    My '94 LHS and my '92 Grand Voyager both were service religiously by
    Chrysler dealers, and the trannies in them were top notch! I gave the van
    away, the guy scrapped it and didn't take the tranny! (He has three other
    vans). The only GOOD thing on the van!

    AFAIK, all they ever had in them was Chrysler ATF+3.



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    RT
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    Default Re: Changing the transmission fluid in a 2007 RAV4 4 cylinder automatic

    On Thu, 03 May 2007 04:01:21 GMT, Hachiroku ???? <Trueno@AE86.gts>
    wrote:

    >On Thu, 03 May 2007 03:44:30 +0000, C. E. White wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Definitely. Her last two cars went becasue of transmission problems (a
    >> late 80's Camry and a mid 90's Chrysler mini van).

    >
    >
    >What? A 90's Chrysler tanking a tranny?!?! Who would have thought?!
    >
    >Question: were you the original owner, and did you ever put Dexron/Mercon
    >into it?
    >
    >My '94 LHS and my '92 Grand Voyager both were service religiously by
    >Chrysler dealers, and the trannies in them were top notch! I gave the van
    >away, the guy scrapped it and didn't take the tranny! (He has three other
    >vans). The only GOOD thing on the van!
    >
    >AFAIK, all they ever had in them was Chrysler ATF+3.
    >

    didn't many chrysler tranny's fail because people used other than
    chrysler tranny fluid ? Or were they just junk in the first place?

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    C. E. White
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    "Hachiroku ????" <Trueno@AE86.gts> wrote in message
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    > On Thu, 03 May 2007 03:44:30 +0000, C. E. White wrote:
    >
    >>
    >> Definitely. Her last two cars went becasue of transmission problems
    >> (a
    >> late 80's Camry and a mid 90's Chrysler mini van).

    >
    >
    > What? A 90's Chrysler tanking a tranny?!?! Who would have thought?!
    >
    > Question: were you the original owner, and did you ever put
    > Dexron/Mercon
    > into it?


    The van transmission failed a couple of days after being serviced at
    Jiffy Lube. We both think it was their fault, but hard to prove. I am
    going to try very hard to keep the RAV4 as far away from Jiffy Lube as
    I can.

    Ed



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