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Thanks for the info restosud. I wondered where those hoses from the fluid heater were going.
Looks like I need to do some more research. I still have the old fluid in containers, I guess I'll pour the first container into another until nearly empty and then pour the rest into a pan and see if something was on the bottom. The purple I saw was in the fluid drained from the pan which amounted to 6 (!) quarts. That seemed a little too much from what I'd read. Also, when I did the pan drain, I started with the level plug just to see how close it was to correct level (engine off, cool temp, on ramps to level on a sloped driveway), and about 2 quarts came out! I checked with a guy at the local dealership and he said that was because the engine wasn't running. I felt better. After refilling about 6 quarts, I did the cooler line drain technique in 2 quart intervals 3 times and accounting for spillage when the fill hose came out (twice!) I removed and replaced 12 quarts. When I did the paperclip level check, D was lit continuously, engine idling, I pulled the plug (check, NOT drain!) and ANOTHER 2 plus quarts came out! That tells me that it was overfilled by someone by about 2 quarts! It seemed to drive fine before and after the fluid replacement. Granted, it was only a 20 mile test drive, but nothing seemed different. Dare I risk ANOTHER level check? I still have 3.5 fresh quarts left.
I used Valvoline Max Life fluid because many write-ups by various people at various web sites sang it's praises (I've been researching this for weeks in my spare time) while many others derided Toyota's because it's not really synthetic and it's overpriced. I saw nearly no posts praising Toyota's fluid until I changed mine!
Last edited by Snellums; 04-10-2019 at 10:21 AM.