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Old 05-07-2008, 07:57 PM   #1
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Toyota Pickup Transmission care

I have a 5 speed, manual, 1994 toyota pickup and Im curious as to how you maintain the transmission. Where do u check the transmission fluid?? I cant see any type of dipstick. How do you go about changing it? While Im at it, How hard do u think it is to change the rear seal of the transmission??

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Old 05-07-2008, 08:08 PM   #2
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Oil fill / check plug is about half way up on the drivers side, 15/16 wrench fits it.

Your better off to change the trans fluid, 75 / 90 wt.

Drain plug is on the bottom of trans, 15/16 wrench fits it too.
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^ Ditto. Best oil IMO is redline, kind of spendy but IMO its worth it. Wouldn't believe how much smoother it shifts, especially when cold. IIRC you'll need 4.5 qts, or a gallon and a quart.
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Thanks guys. Do i just take off the plug and drain it? It will all to drain out or is there some kind of method to getting it all out?
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as far as I know you just remove the fill and drain plug and it drains out. Drive it around first to get it warm and allow it to drain for a long time to get it out. Then you add new oil through the fill hole. My cuz did it through the shifter, but I've never seen it done that way.
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make sure you take the fill plug out first to make sure it will come off....it'd suck to take the drain plug out and not get the fill plug out...... rowdy all you gotta do for that is to take boot off and the 4 bolts and pull the shifter out
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Hey I couldnt find the plug. where do u fill it and check it?? Does it just look like a bolt?
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Dig through that link. Your trans is in front of your transfer case, the check/fill bolt is halfway up on the driver's side, under it is the drain. Also in the manual is the recommended service intervals. I'm in the process of changing my front and rear diff fluid and transmission and transfer case fluids. With oil at $120/barrel, I'm wishing that there were some other option.
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Thanks man.I think my rear seal is leaking so I want to keep it at a good level until I can change the seal.
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I use Amsoil all the time. Even in my lawnmower. You can go to my site scroll to the bottom there is an application guide that will tell you every fluid and how much you need. If nothing else it will show you how much of each fluid to use, very helpful
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hey, just checked ur amsoil site this is what it said for a 81 toy pickup;

Manual Transmission, 4-SPD..........4.0 pints
Manual Transmission, 5-SPD..........5.5 pints

shouldnt that be quarts???
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tranny t case???

i have a 1988 toyota pickup with the 22RE in it with the 5 speed tranny. i have had if for probably a month or two. in 2 wheel drive it everything was fine. but once the snow came and i put it in 4 for the first time it started growling and making loud noises. not grinding...but humming kinda. but only does it when im driving. i checked all the fluids and the t case was bone dry but everything else was full so i filled the t case and it still does it. any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Well even in 2wd the transfer case is turning.

Did you check the front differential as this only turns when the hubs are in.

It is a sad fact that people often just drive these vehicles with no maintenance what so ever .

Bearings that run dry on oil only last so long.

It could just be the front differential is just noisy from being worn.
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should i check the bearings in it? i have a new transfer case that i am putting on tomorrow. i figured thats where the noise originated from so might as well start there. what should i look for in the front diff?
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I'd read about lubricating the spindle bushing. It is known to get noisy. Lock one hub, leave it in 2wd and drive a bit and listen.

I think the 5speed transfer case is pretty tough. Tougher than the tranny is. One thing you can do is drain a little oil from the tranny and transfer case and see if there are any metal flakes floating in the oil.

i wouldn't go changing the transfer case without more research. It isn't that much fun.
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well now it is doing it in 2wd. i mean im almost certain that the bushings need lubricated cause the guy who had it before me didnt really take care of it.
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if it's making an rrrrrrrrrr sound, just like reverse, it's just the gears... b/c it's a gear drive transfer case, not a chain-drive.


You aren't using 4WD on hard surfaces by any chance, are you?


There is no center diff in a part time 4WD's transfer case. Like the ones found on AWD or "Full Time 4WD" (which is a play on words marketing term. There is no such thing as a full-time 4WD)
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ok i found the culprit....its my CV axle on the drivers side. thank you for all your guys' help. i really used it.
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Boy, that advice at the top is good stuff. I couldnt get my filler nut off with an IMPACT. Which leads me to believe its NEVER been changed. Any suggestions? Tried PB blaster...Impact...No luck.
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