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Hi,

Is there a way to drain the automatic transmission fluid without removing the pan/filter? As in.. Is there a plug somewhere? I can't seem to locate it.
 

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It should be there on the pan. It might not look like an oil drain plug, it may be an allen head screw recessed in there.
 

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I found the plug! It's a 10mm hex key.

Anyone know how much fluid does the automatic transmission hold?
 

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I think I had six quarts on hand when I did mine, but I don't know how many I used.

FYI -- I always drop the pan, clean it and the magnets, flatten/reverse-indent the bolt holes, and install a new filter and pan gasket. I typically use the FRAM filter/gasket kit; rockauto.com sells them.

Also, the torque converter (TC) holds a lot of fluid, so draining/dropping the pan only gets about half of the total fluid. Older TCs had drain plugs on them too, but I doubt the RAV4's does.
 

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It is impossible to drain all the fluid from the transmission, converter and coolant lines. About 30-40% of fluid will remain in the transmission, so you will not be doing a complete oil change, but that is OK, even 60-70% is better than nothing (once it is due to be changed).
 
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