- spidey637 wrote:
- Hi everyone. I've been searching the interweb for a few hours now and I cannot find a single thread/write-up related directly to flushing/changing the auto tranny fluid on a Tc2. I'd really like to drain the fluid and top it off as I'm approaching 65k on my 2012, but I can't find any info. I know the Tc2 supposedly used the "life-time" fluid, but I don't really buy into that scheme. Is there anybody on here who has drained and filled their trannies? I'd appreciate any pointers or recommended fluids, etc. Thanks much.
I had the "lifetime fluid warning" on the trans dipstick, I thought it was hilarious. Once I changed the fluid, the shifts became smoother to the point I couldn't feel them at all! So I completely agree not to buy into that "lifetime" fluid joke.
I have a tc1, but I'm pretty sure that the tC2 like yours has a drain plug at the bottom that it's not a completely sealed case. The ones where you can't drain anything but have to drop the trans. But I've done my tC1 plenty of times.
I'd suggest Toyota brand trans fluid, why sit there all day and wonder if the aftermarket stuff is compatible?!
talk to your local dealer to make sure but I think your auto trans takes WS-type fluid.
Drain what is in the pan, fill up with new, use new crush washer on drain plug,drive for a day or two, drain it again, fill it again. Do this a total of 3-4 times. That will get all the old fluid out as the new mixes in. It is NOT recommended to do any kind of flush or power flush at all, just drain and fill.
You'll also have to check with the local dealer about your auto trans if it has a filter or not. The tC1 just has a mesh screen, no filter from Toyota, even though the aftermarket says yes, toyota says no. so check on that.
But that's it, that's how you change the entire fluid. Is it simple yes? is it tedious? yup.. but hey at least you won't hurt your trans doing it this way.
oh and on the tC1 it's a 10mm hex head that goes into the drain plug to loosen it. Not sure what the tC2 uses, but hey at least it gives you an idea of what you're looking at.