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Rav4 4 cylinder Transmission Fluid (and Filter) Change

So I did a lot of reading on this before proceeding and wanted to put what I learned out there for everyone one. My gf has a 2007 Rav4 base with just under 70k miles on it so it was due a fluid change, it was dirty coming out. First a few things I read that were off, it took more then 4 qts of fluid, 4.5 to be exact, not the 3-4 I had been reading. Second, there was a filter on there, no screen. I think that may have had something to do with the excess fluid amount too because a good amount came out when I dropped the filter. Finally just un-bolt the brace on the drivers side prior to taking off the pan, makes it much easier and it is only 4 large bolts (it doesn't hold up the engine in any way so it is safe).

Other then that the plastic cover on the bottom is a pain in the butt...

Good thing to do around the time, we maintain all our vehicles and do the tranny around 70k on everything. The gf noticed a smoother shift immediately after. I will do just a drain and fill in about 10k to get a little more of the old fluid out.

One thing I have found to love is the tranny oil plug, I am a GM guy and have yet to see one on a auto transmission which makes the process cleaner and a little easier.

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Guess I should be thinking about doing mine. I prefer a full fluid exchange but shops that do that don't generally change the filter. I'll probably do the filter and change 1/3 of the fluid. Or maybe put the old fluid back in and unhook the cooler lines and rig my own exchange system.
Where did you get the filter & fluid?

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The filter was a kit at auto zone for $20 with a gasket, and the fluid I bought there was Valvoline high mileage, they say and guarantee it works with the Toyota WS fluids (except hybrids). I have heard some stories about doing flush causing problems so I just do the filter and fluid change, we have never had a problem doing that and I would bet half fluid and a new filter is more important and better then just a full fluid flush (its what the filter is for...)

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Been thinking about doing this as well, I wonder if 07 and 08 filter and gasket are the same?

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Im about to d this to ours too. 50k miles..

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Does Toyota only recommend fluid change or filter change too? I am planning to do the same next year.

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While I can't speak for Toyota or the RAV specifically, the generally accepted rule of thumb is that most transmission wear occurs in the first 10,000 miles or so. It's this wear material that the factory filter (and magnet if present) is designed to capture. Changing the filter once is a good thing, but it's not usually required again during subsequent fluid changes unless the transmission is being repaired due to mechanical failure or fluid contamination.

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DIY Manual Transmission Oil Change Anyone?

Is there any DIY for the 4.3 (RAV4 2006) Manual Transmission fluid change.
Please need some photos where is drain and fill bolts. Is there any filter change too?

Does anyone have a link?
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How much fluid does the tranny hold? I might pull a line going to the radiator and flush/add ATF until clean ATF comes out.

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I just did mine again yesterday but only a drain and fill. ('07 4 cyl. auto) The tranny pan is on the driver's side underneath but hidden by a large plastic panel. I cheated several weeks ago and used a hole saw to cut a 1.5-2" hole in the panel for access to the drain plug which is a 10mm Allen hex. It would be right out in the open if it weren't for the plastic panel which is retained by those stupid plastic Jesus clips. The trans takes 3.5-4qts for a drain and fill, I had to do mine 3 times to get it nice and red. (drain and fill only gets 1/3-1/2 of the fluid out) Mine takes Toy WS fluid, which is $9/qt at the dealer, I bought a case for about $100. I suggest using OEM fluids only in the trans and cooling system.

When I had the shop I did pull tranny lines commonly and let the tranny pump it out until it stopped, put a few qts of new fluid in, and continue letting it pump until it looked clean. Just another way of doing it.
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