2005 Solara Automatic Transmission Service

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Old 27 Oct 2008, 11:48 am   #1 (permalink)
Phil McCracken
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Default 2005 Solara Automatic Transmission Service

My Solara SLE convertible has just passed the 60,000 mile mark and I
recently had it in to an independent service shop for a tire rotation,
alignment and a general good going over before winter. The technician
noted that the transmission fluid was turning a little dark and
mentioned that it might be time for a flush.

Referencing the maintenance schedules in my owner's manual, I can't
seem to find any type of transmission service mentioned at any
mileage/service interval.

So, my questions are these:

What should be done, maintenance-wise, and when?

Is there a Toyota-specific or Toyota-preferred transmission fluid
(read: can an independent shop do the work or is this something better
left to a stealership)?

Thanks!

Mark
'05 Solara SLE
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 06:27 am   #2 (permalink)
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On Oct 27, 11:48*am, Phil McCracken <fxd...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> My Solara SLE convertible has just passed the 60,000 mile mark and I
> recently had it in to an independent service shop for a tire rotation,
> alignment and a general good going over before winter. *The technician
> noted that the transmission fluid was turning a little dark and
> mentioned that it might be time for a flush. *
>
> Referencing the maintenance schedules in my owner's manual, I can't
> seem to find any type of transmission service mentioned at any
> mileage/service interval.
>
> So, my questions are these:
>
> What should be done, maintenance-wise, and when?
>
> Is there a Toyota-specific or Toyota-preferred transmission fluid
> (read: can an independent shop do the work or is this something better
> left to a stealership)?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mark
> '05 Solara SLE


Forget power flush, but its overdue for a drain, read the manual. Dont
pay dealer prices its a common service. My toy had a drain plug but
you only get out about half but I do it every 15-20
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 12:22 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Phil McCracken wrote:
> My Solara SLE convertible has just passed the 60,000 mile mark The technician
> noted that the transmission fluid was turning a little dark

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Toyota recommends drain and fill. They do not specify a service
interval.
There are machines that can exchange all the fluid rather than just
draining a portion. I had that done, then went to changing the fluid
at oil change intervals.
Transmission repair shops cite neglected fluid changes as the prime
source of failure.
I brought in my own Toyota fluid the first time, then went to
synthetic ATF.
Antoher neglected fluid is the power steering fluid.
Also brake fluid.
And of course, coolant.
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Old 28 Oct 2008, 09:12 pm   #4 (permalink)
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4cyl or 6 cyl? Because it's either U241 or A541. Better to drop the
pan and wipe it clean with a new strainer than "flush".

The U241 probably uses the Toyota T-IV, which is Mobil 3309 for Aisin-
Warner transmissions. (Check your manual). If so the new formulation
of Mobil-1 synthetic ATF is great. Costs more than the Toyota dino
fluid.

http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...hetic_ATF.aspx

I'd drain/refill every 30K miles with the 3309 fluid. If that's my car
I'd even change out the strainer and wipe clean the pan (Fram ATF kit
$15-20). Maybe down to 15K miles if 30K is giving you problems (dark
fluid). See:

http://info.rockauto.com/Honeywell/F...ket_031006.jpg


The A541 should take the good old GM Dexron II/III fluid. These dirty
trannys should get a
drain/refill and a new strainer every 15K miles. Fram ATF strainer/
gasket kits are $15-20 each.

Automatic trannys are precision components, so cleanliness (no lint)
and accuracy (fluid level) are important.




On Oct 27, 9:48*am, Phil McCracken <fxd...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> My Solara SLE convertible has just passed the 60,000 mile mark and I
> recently had it in to an independent service shop for a tire rotation,
> alignment and a general good going over before winter. *The technician
> noted that the transmission fluid was turning a little dark and
> mentioned that it might be time for a flush. *
>
> Referencing the maintenance schedules in my owner's manual, I can't
> seem to find any type of transmission service mentioned at any
> mileage/service interval.
>
> So, my questions are these:
>
> What should be done, maintenance-wise, and when?
>
> Is there a Toyota-specific or Toyota-preferred transmission fluid
> (read: can an independent shop do the work or is this something better
> left to a stealership)?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Mark
> '05 Solara SLE


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Old 29 Oct 2008, 10:24 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Tue, 28 Oct 2008 19:12:39 -0700 (PDT), johngdole@hotmail.com wrote:

>4cyl or 6 cyl? Because it's either U241 or A541. Better to drop the
>pan and wipe it clean with a new strainer than "flush".
>
>The U241 probably uses the Toyota T-IV, which is Mobil 3309 for Aisin-
>Warner transmissions. (Check your manual). If so the new formulation
>of Mobil-1 synthetic ATF is great. Costs more than the Toyota dino
>fluid.
>
>http://www.mobiloil.com/USA-English/...hetic_ATF.aspx
>
>I'd drain/refill every 30K miles with the 3309 fluid. If that's my car
>I'd even change out the strainer and wipe clean the pan (Fram ATF kit
>$15-20). Maybe down to 15K miles if 30K is giving you problems (dark
>fluid). See:
>
>http://info.rockauto.com/Honeywell/F...ket_031006.jpg
>
>
>The A541 should take the good old GM Dexron II/III fluid. These dirty
>trannys should get a
>drain/refill and a new strainer every 15K miles. Fram ATF strainer/
>gasket kits are $15-20 each.
>
>Automatic trannys are precision components, so cleanliness (no lint)
>and accuracy (fluid level) are important.
>
>
>
>
>On Oct 27, 9:48*am, Phil McCracken <fxd...@hotmail.com> wrote:
>> My Solara SLE convertible has just passed the 60,000 mile mark and I
>> recently had it in to an independent service shop for a tire rotation,
>> alignment and a general good going over before winter. *The technician
>> noted that the transmission fluid was turning a little dark and
>> mentioned that it might be time for a flush. *
>>
>> Referencing the maintenance schedules in my owner's manual, I can't
>> seem to find any type of transmission service mentioned at any
>> mileage/service interval.
>>
>> So, my questions are these:
>>
>> What should be done, maintenance-wise, and when?
>>
>> Is there a Toyota-specific or Toyota-preferred transmission fluid
>> (read: can an independent shop do the work or is this something better
>> left to a stealership)?
>>
>> Thanks!
>>
>> Mark
>> '05 Solara SLE


I probably should have mentioned that it's the 6 cylinder. Which of
the two transmissions would that be matched to?

Thanks,

Mark

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Old 06 Nov 2008, 08:39 pm   #6 (permalink)
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That should be the Aisin A541E transmission.

On Oct 29, 7:24*am, Phil McCracken <fxd...@hotmail.com> wrote:
> I probably should have mentioned that it's the 6 cylinder. *Which of
> the two transmissions would that be matched to?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Mark


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