Join Date: Sep 2011
Thanked 2 Times in 2 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
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.