When I took mine to the local Toyota dealership the tech told me it was a sealed transmission and a flush is the only thing you can do.
Ask them what their "Flush" is - if they are going by their booklet- it's to drop the pan and change the fluids (or "fluid exchange). Not to do a complete power flush. You'd probably have a hard time getting them to do a true power flush. Ask how many quarts are needed- if the answer is "4" - then it's not a complete flush.When I took mine to the local Toyota dealership the tech told me it was a sealed transmission and a flush is the only thing you can do.
I stand corrected, and a bit surprised. I'd just say do a bunch of searching on here - most recommend NOT doing a power flush with higher mileage trucks for a variety of reasons. Nobody is paying your bills though or taking care of your truck- so your call.The tech said they hook up a machine to the cooler lines. Suck the old fluid out and pump in new fluid.
I just got back from having mine done and this is exactly what they did. I watched the tech through the glass. He fiddled around under the truck for a minute. He was in the area of the cooler and I assume what he was doing was using a pin to hold open the thermostat for the cooler. Then he walked to the back and got a case of WS fluid. He poured the entire case of fluid into the machine; about 12 quarts if I counted correctly. Then he hooked up two hoses to the truck. I couldn't tell where from the distance I was at. He then lowered the truck, started it up, and enjoyed his coffee while the machine did its thing. When it was done he raised the truck, removed the hoses, pulled the pin on the thermostat, and he was done. He did not drop or even drain the pan. He did everything with the machine and the cooler lines.The tech said they hook up a machine to the cooler lines. Suck the old fluid out and pump in new fluid.
A little of both. I'm pretty tight, but if I had seen a huge difference in trans repairs between ones that had regular flushes and ones that had never been flushed, I'd probably sing a different tune. I really didn't see a correlation between transmission failure and regular flushing. The guy in that video Metal Monkey posted says every 25k miles. I've already saved enough money in flushes to pay for a fresh rebuild in mine several times over if I used his silly schedule. Of course, I would rebuild the trans myself so I'm looking at less money than most of the people reading this.You just don't feel like spending the money? Or you just don't think it's needed?
Just had the transmission flushed on my 08 tundra a couple weeks ago at 100k...no 24-30k changes they must work for the oil company to want you to change the fluid every time you drive the vehicle LOL. I used to do 45k services on my older vehicles at the local lube shop as they had the flush machine there to do it and the cost was pretty reasonable...far cheaper than a transmission.So a machine flush every 24k to 30k? lmao. Wow all we would do is waste money at the stealership on service! I thought Toyotas were supposed to last? My Ford has made it to 138k with one pan drop, gasket change, filter change and fill. Still shifting and running great. I'm hoping that the Toyota will last a lot longer but ANY vehicle with that many forced changes ought to be in perfect condition in say 1 million miles. If this is the case why is it that transmission don't have some replaceable filter like engine oil filters? There's a line running to the radiator so we're all in there when having work done or doing it ourselves?
Is there an aftermarket system for these space age new transmissions?
If my 'normal' WS ATF has lasted me 100k miles, I can't justify spending the extra money on Amsoil..
** 623,000 miles on the original transmission **
The machine at Dex's Automotive used about 15 quarts to complete the job because it does a forward flush. He charges $240.00
I bring my own Amsoil so the fee is different.
Note Amsoil ATF will last longer than 'normal' ATF.