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I emailed Toyota Canada. Here was there reply:

Thank you for your recent correspondence.

We have noted your inquiry and would like to explain that changing of transmission fluid on your 2015 RAV4 is not a required service under your maintenance schedule, unless towing a trailer, using a camper or a car top carrier then the automatic transmission fluid is changed every 72 months/96,000 km. However, we would like to explain that transmission fluid will be inspected at regular maintenance for leaks by a Toyota dealership. Please reference to page 26 in your Owner's Manual Supplement.

For your convenience, we have attached the Owner s Manual Supplement.

We hope this information is helpful and thank you for taking the time to write.

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I believe the only thing a dealership does is simply look for any leaks which you can do yourself by getting under the front of the vehicle with a light. I don'i believe they remove the filler plug and measure the amount of fluid you have in the tranny. It's too much work to do this and special tools and pumps are needed.

Bought my RAV4 LE in August 2015. It's running well.
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Yep and I would do it by drain only not high pressure flush
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IMRAV4U I agree, drain and fill.

Bought my RAV4 LE in August 2015. It's running well.
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Thank you sir (ravster2015) I am doing it that way only
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Thank you sir (ravster2015) I am doing it that way only
I just finished doing a full tranny flush at home while replacing the tranny filter without any special tools and posted how I did it here:

rav4world.com/forums/123-4-4-general/235066-tranmission-fluid-change Post 10

Hope this help you out.


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How is everyone checking the ATF temp after refilling? I flushed my 05 Tacoma and used the 4/12 pin jump method for the AT F TEMP light. Does a similar option exist for a 2014 Rav4?
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How is everyone checking the ATF temp after refilling? I flushed my 05 Tacoma and used the 4/12 pin jump method for the AT F TEMP light. Does a similar option exist for a 2014 Rav4?

If you search the forum, JuneBug posted a custom PID calculation somewhere for the Torque android app for determining ATF temp. Worked wonders for me on my 2013.
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I'm wondering if my Toyota dealer in Gresham is on the level. Today I stopped by the service dept. because my "Service Req'd" dash light cam on last week. Time for a tire rotation? Only $89 bucks, and they do the "service inspection" too while they're at it. No thanks.



It has only been about 5000 miles since my last synthetic oil change and my odometer is at 57,000, so I mentioned maybe I'll wait and bring it in for oil service at 60,000 miles. The service guy said Toyota recommends power flushing the transmission at 60,000 miles and changing differential fluids too, to the tune of $900.
When I say I thought the trans was a sealed unit with no dipstick and no fluid changes, he says he has never heard that. Also says if I skip it and then have trans problems later, my certified used warranty 7year/100,000 maybe won't cover it.


I think I'll try the other dealer way across town next week and see what they have to say about it. I don't mind changing it if needed, but they said they don't drop the pan to change the filter, just power flush it. Sounds fishy.

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Change at 60,000 miles if heavy use. I would think that would mean dropping the pan and replacing filter, not just hose it out.
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