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Old 03-23-2012, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Tune Up Tips? 2006 TRD

My friend is in need of a Tune up on her 2006 TRD V8 because she is concerned about her new daily 80 mile commute. Before I open a can or worms, I wanted to check in with you guys on any tips I could use before I get started.

Im gonna do a Oil change, Oil Filter, Plugs, and Air Filter. Possibly Transmission fluid change. Im a decent home mechanic but have yet to tackle the Tundra.

1. My first Concern is the Oil filter. Is it in a tough spot were I would need something more then a Oil filter tool to get to? Which oil weight would you suggest or should I use Synthetic?

2. Transmission fluid change. Does the tranny have an internal Trans filter were I would have to drop the trans pan?

Any other parts that would be good to swap out that I should look into? Plug wires etc?

Thanks Guys, any tips would be greatly appreciated.
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I for one can say that the oil filter is extremely easy to get to, but that's my opinion after coming from an Audi. I haven't run synthetic oils in mine, but 5w-30 or 10w-30 work great depending on your location and the time of year. Someone can correct me if I got this completely wrong or backwards, but I think that you want a lighter weight in colder temperatures because the cold makes it more dense. For instance, run 5w30 in winter and 10w30 in summer. Synthetics are cool, but they cost more so it depends on how much she wants to spend.
I haven't done transmission fluid change to know on that.
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What you plan to do is good, but there's more to consider.
All nuts and bolts are metric.
Use a genuine Toyota air filter; it really is best at air filtration.
Don't forget to change the rear differential fluid. Also the front, if it's 4WD, because even if 4WD is not engaged, all those front mechanical bits are still turning.
If the brake fluid in the reservoir is dark, have the brake fluid changed.
If the battery is the type you can check the electrolyte level, do that, and add distilled water if necessary.
Coolant is important, too. If you need to add and the fluid is not pre-mixed, mix only with distilled water. The chemicals in tap water are mildly corrosive in some cooling systems.
Does the 4.7L uses a timing belt?

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Thanks Plainsgrown.

Forgot to mention it has 103,00 miles.
I looked into a couple Youtube vids and it looks like the V8 Oil filter is in the same location as my 2005 V6 which was a fairly easy swap.

She lives in the high desert so its fairly dry but can get to freezing temps at night and up to 100+ during the day in the summer. I'll probably just go with 5w-30 Synthetic with the amount of miles she is commuting, unless you guys think differently? I don't really know the differences in Oil Weights.

The trans Fluid seems a bit tricky if it has the Towing Package. So if it does I'll probably have her take it to the dealer for that swap. If not im sure i can do it on my own. I'll just bring my Oil fluid hand pump. I read that Amsoil ATF is a good fluid for the trans, unless you guys suggest differently.

I might as well change the differential fluid also. I think the TRD has a differential has a Limited Slip so what would you guys suggest for the differential fluid?
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Thanks Steve and its 2wd not 4x. I Forgot to mention that I was planning on checking the other fluids also. Im not sure about the timing belt, nor have I ever adjusted a timing belt so I'll probably let that be for now.

What do you suggest for Spark plug brand or type?
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Thanks Plainsgrown.

Forgot to mention it has 103,00 miles.
I looked into a couple Youtube vids and it looks like the V8 Oil filter is in the same location as my 2005 V6 which was a fairly easy swap.

She lives in the high desert so its fairly dry but can get to freezing temps at night and up to 100+ during the day in the summer. I'll probably just go with 5w-30 Synthetic with the amount of miles she is commuting, unless you guys think differently? I don't really know the differences in Oil Weights.

The trans Fluid seems a bit tricky if it has the Towing Package. So if it does I'll probably have her take it to the dealer for that swap. If not im sure i can do it on my own. I'll just bring my Oil fluid hand pump. I read that Amsoil ATF is a good fluid for the trans, unless you guys suggest differently.

I might as well change the differential fluid also. I think the TRD has a differential has a Limited Slip so what would you guys suggest for the differential fluid?
It might be worth checking this site out. Not implying anything by the dummies, but it has good information.
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Im not sure about the timing belt, nor have I ever adjusted a timing belt so I'll probably let that be for now.
Do you have any history on the truck? That would be important to know first.

It is highly recommended to change out the timing belt at 90k miles or 7 years, whichever comes first. Some ignore it, and keep on trucking, but, not a good idea, IMO.

Other items you can do (not already mentioned)

. Check air filter
. Check and clean MAF sensor (next to air box)
. Check and clean throttle body
. Check brakes front and rear
. Check emergency brake for lock up and working correctly.

You want to do fluids and check basic mechanics while at it, so it ties together.
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Awesome, thanks guys for all your insight. Ill be sure to relay the info onto my tune up this month on my V6 tundra.

My friend said her last oil change was 2months ago but she cant remember when she changed the plugs so im pretty sure they're worn.
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Timing belt and water pump, serpentine belt, tensioner, other than that the usual stuff and many more miles to go.

Nice Ivan Stewart Edition man. Actually nice first gen all the way around.
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My friend is in need of a Tune up on her 2006 TRD V8 because she is concerned about her new daily 80 mile commute. Before I open a can or worms, I wanted to check in with you guys on any tips I could use before I get started.

Im gonna do a Oil change, Oil Filter, Plugs, and Air Filter. Possibly Transmission fluid change. Im a decent home mechanic but have yet to tackle the Tundra.

1. My first Concern is the Oil filter. Is it in a tough spot were I would need something more then a Oil filter tool to get to? Which oil weight would you suggest or should I use Synthetic?

2. Transmission fluid change. Does the tranny have an internal Trans filter were I would have to drop the trans pan?

Any other parts that would be good to swap out that I should look into? Plug wires etc?

Thanks Guys, any tips would be greatly appreciated.
You have to add the trans fluid through a plug on the side of the tranny and it is a royal pain in the rear. The fluid is Totota WS and it is pricey. There is not a dipstick/fill tube situation. i would leave this to the dealer. You also have to start it up and go through the gears and recheck a few times to fill it correctly . Once again, a major pain in the butt. I did it once and never again.
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