Transmission Fluid Type and Brake Fluid Replacement - Toyota RAV4 Forums
4.3 Mechanical Intakes, Exhaust, Tune-ups, 4x4 system, Suspension, Brakes, etc.

User Tag List

 
LinkBack Thread Tools
#1 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 12:26 PM
Junior Member
Country: SilverBullet's Flag is: United States
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Oklahoma
Posts: 3
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
(Thread Starter)
Transmission Fluid Type and Brake Fluid Replacement

Hello,

I have heard a few different answers to this question.

What type of transmission fluid should I use in my 08 limited? I've heard it doesn't matter and I have also heard that I need to use a kind that is developed by Toyota for the Rav4 or I will mess it up.

Also, at what mileage should brake fluid be replaced in the Rav4?

Thank you for your help.
SilverBullet is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
#2 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 12:40 PM
Advanced Member
Country: Carbon's Flag is: United States
 
Carbon's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: NE Illinois
Posts: 4,000
Thanks: 7
Thanked 164 Times in 157 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverBullet View Post
Hello,

I have heard a few different answers to this question.

What type of transmission fluid should I use in my 08 limited? I've heard it doesn't matter
Where did you hear that???

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverBullet View Post
and I have also heard that I need to use a kind that is developed by Toyota for the Rav4 or I will mess it up.

Also, at what mileage should brake fluid be replaced in the Rav4?

Thank you for your help.
For transmission, you need Toyota or Aisin WS.

For changing brake fluid, I think every 5 years is about right, but others recommend a shorter interval. Many never change, but changing removes moisture, which can contribute to corrosion. The normal fluid is the cheaper DOT 3.

2009 V6 4wd Base
Carbon is offline  
#3 (permalink) Old 11-30-2012, 06:12 PM
Super Moderator
Country: RTexasF's Flag is: United States
 
RTexasF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rio Grande Valley TX
Posts: 6,914
Thanks: 54
Thanked 344 Times in 292 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Using just any old transmission fluid could come at serious cost....as in a new transmission. You must use what is specified in the manual. Honda recommends brake fluid change every 3 years or 36K . Toyota does not specify but we'll be having our's done in Jan of next year. Both will be five years old.

Old Bird......sometimes wise
2008 Base V-6 front wheel drive
2008 Limited V-6 front wheel drive
Both with Tow Prep Package
RTexasF is offline  
#4 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 04:39 AM
Junior Member
Country: Wizard's Flag is: UK
 
Wizard's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: midlands
Posts: 21
Thanks: 8
Thanked 3 Times in 3 Posts
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Garage
Hi guys Here in the UK we have a little tool to test the brake fluid and it is at a reasonable price to buy .and you only buy in once so share it and it works out very cost effective .

<A href="http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/Tool-Shop/Brake-Fluid-Testers">
HTML Code:
http://www.justoffbase.co.uk/Tool-Shop/Brake-Fluid-Testers
Automatic transmission fluid in the rav is vital to use original as recomended by toyota as its is made specially for toyota to preserve the seals in the auto box yes it is expensive , but replacing the autobox cos you put wrong fluid in is more expensive !
Wizard is offline  
#5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2012, 08:06 AM
Super Moderator
Country: RTexasF's Flag is: United States
 
RTexasF's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Rio Grande Valley TX
Posts: 6,914
Thanks: 54
Thanked 344 Times in 292 Posts
Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Clever! I didn't know such devices existed.

Old Bird......sometimes wise
2008 Base V-6 front wheel drive
2008 Limited V-6 front wheel drive
Both with Tow Prep Package
RTexasF is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page



Posting Rules  
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome