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Transmission Fluid Change Interval

Does anyone know if there is a recommended change interval for the transmission fluid for a 2015 Rav? I cannot find anything in the service guide. Most cars it is listed in the maintenance schedule, but not in the Rav. Thanks!

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My old Haynes Repair Manual (1996 thru 2010) recommends every 24 months or 50,000 kms. I did a complete flush (return line method), at 184,600 kms in my '07. Removed pan, cleaned magnets, new filter and pan gasket. Still shifting well.

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Toyota claims the fluid is good for the life of the vehicle and does not need changing. I totally disagree with that. Many change the fluid in the transmission between 30,000 - 60,000 miles. Here is a good Youtube video of how it's done if you do it yourself on a 2015 Rav.



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What good is changing the fluid IF you don't change the filter also? It's like taking a bath/shower then putting your dirty clothes back on. The OEM parts (not including the fluid) can be bought for about $60 from Toyota of Dallas (only place I checked).


STRAINER (FILTER) #35330-73010 - $39.07
PAN GASKET #35168-73010 - $15.26
DRAIN PLUG #90341-12034 - $3.86
DRAIN PLUG GASKET (WASHER) #90430-12008 - $1.40

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Mikey D, I agree.

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On a new car meaning if you are the ONLY and original owner from new, I would NEVER change the trans fluid later than 30,000. Micro particles grind in the new metal of a car, changing it earlier is better, then go to 100k, and your last change with filter would be at 200k. If you drive a car longer than that... You're a traveling fool. Good for you I never kept a car that long before.
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At our dealership we recommend it at about 60k for WS fluid. We have a machine that uses 16 quarts to high pressure flush it and get all the old fluid out and new fluid in. It’s not cheap but it’s the only correct way to thoroughly do it. A drain and refill it almost pointless as you never get all the old fluid out.
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Not out of the gate I wouldn't
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High pressure flushing can damage the transmission.
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High pressure flushing can damage the transmission.



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