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Old 28 Mar 2011, 10:58 am   #1 (permalink)
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I am planning to change transmission fluid in my Camry 2005, 4 cy
(~110,000 kms, ~70,000 miles). This is a first time I would try to
change ATF. I went to the dealer today and asked for the drain plug
gasket. The part person was not sure which size I need, he showed me
few of them, but I do not have an idea what size is correct. Does
anybody know what size is correct (part number, size)?
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Old 29 Mar 2011, 06:28 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"Wes" <wbraczko@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>I am planning to change transmission fluid in my Camry 2005, 4 cy
> (~110,000 kms, ~70,000 miles). This is a first time I would try to
> change ATF. I went to the dealer today and asked for the drain plug
> gasket. The part person was not sure which size I need, he showed me
> few of them, but I do not have an idea what size is correct. Does
> anybody know what size is correct (part number, size)


Normally, a drain plug gasket need not be changed.
On some cars, you have to remove the transmission pan, clean it,
and then replace a filter and the pan gasket.

That may not be your case. Some trannies nowadays have no replaceable
filters, and there is no need to drop the pan.

Go slowly. I applaud you ethic in changing your ATF, but you need to
know a little more before you get kneedeep into this.

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Old 30 Mar 2011, 08:32 am   #3 (permalink)
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On Mar 29, 6:28*pm, "hls" <h...@nospam.nix> wrote:
> "Wes" <wbrac...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:9951949b-56cc-434e-be06-f54c49e88ab9@i4g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
>
> >I am planning to change transmission fluid in my Camry 2005, 4 cy
> > (~110,000 kms, ~70,000 miles). *This is a first time I would try to
> > change ATF. *I went to the dealer today and asked for the drain plug
> > gasket. *The part person was not sure which size I need, he showed me
> > few of them, but I do not have an idea what size is correct. *Does
> > anybody know what size is correct (part number, size)

>
> Normally, a drain plug gasket need not be changed.
> On some cars, you have to remove the transmission pan, clean it,
> and then replace a filter and the pan gasket.
>
> That may not be your case. *Some trannies nowadays have no replaceable
> filters, and there is no need to drop the pan.
>
> Go slowly. * I applaud you ethic in changing your ATF, but you need to
> know a little more before you get kneedeep into this.


Thanks for the response. I have specifically asked at the dealership
on how they change ATF, and their answer was that by draining the old
fluid only, so, it seems to be not such a difficult task to do by
inexperienced person. I do oil changes by myself on regular basis. I
have done careful research on the procedure, the key info seems to be
the correct ATF which is ATF T-IV or T-4 type. I am planning to get
it from Toyota dealership to be on a safe side. Also, planning to
measure how much of old ATF came out and put similar amount in, then
use a transmission dipstick to adjust.
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Old 30 Mar 2011, 07:42 pm   #4 (permalink)
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"Wes" <wbraczko@gmail.com> wrote in message
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On Mar 29, 6:28 pm, "hls" <h...@nospam.nix> wrote:
> "Wes" <wbrac...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:9951949b-56cc-434e-be06-f54c49e88ab9@i4g2000pro.googlegroups.com...
>
> >I am planning to change transmission fluid in my Camry 2005, 4 cy
> > (~110,000 kms, ~70,000 miles). This is a first time I would try to
> > change ATF. I went to the dealer today and asked for the drain plug
> > gasket. The part person was not sure which size I need, he showed me
> > few of them, but I do not have an idea what size is correct. Does
> > anybody know what size is correct (part number, size)

>
> Normally, a drain plug gasket need not be changed.
> On some cars, you have to remove the transmission pan, clean it,
> and then replace a filter and the pan gasket.
>
> That may not be your case. Some trannies nowadays have no replaceable
> filters, and there is no need to drop the pan.
>
> Go slowly. I applaud you ethic in changing your ATF, but you need to
> know a little more before you get kneedeep into this.


Thanks for the response. I have specifically asked at the dealership
on how they change ATF, and their answer was that by draining the old
fluid only, so, it seems to be not such a difficult task to do by
inexperienced person. I do oil changes by myself on regular basis. I
have done careful research on the procedure, the key info seems to be
the correct ATF which is ATF T-IV or T-4 type. I am planning to get
it from Toyota dealership to be on a safe side. Also, planning to
measure how much of old ATF came out and put similar amount in, then
use a transmission dipstick to adjust.
******
That is a good and cautious way to proceed. ATF type is VERY important.


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Old 08 Apr 2011, 08:28 am   #5 (permalink)
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On Mar 30, 7:42*pm, "hls" <h...@nospam.nix> wrote:
> "Wes" <wbrac...@gmail.com> wrote in message
>
> news:8184dec0-1233-4cd3-8562-b25f3bf0bb44@m7g2000vbq.googlegroups.com...
> On Mar 29, 6:28 pm, "hls" <h...@nospam.nix> wrote:
>
>
>
> > "Wes" <wbrac...@gmail.com> wrote in message

>
> >news:9951949b-56cc-434e-be06-f54c49e88ab9@i4g2000pro.googlegroups.com...

>
> > >I am planning to change transmission fluid in my Camry 2005, 4 cy
> > > (~110,000 kms, ~70,000 miles). This is a first time I would try to
> > > change ATF. I went to the dealer today and asked for the drain plug
> > > gasket. The part person was not sure which size I need, he showed me
> > > few of them, but I do not have an idea what size is correct. Does
> > > anybody know what size is correct (part number, size)

>
> > Normally, a drain plug gasket need not be changed.
> > On some cars, you have to remove the transmission pan, clean it,
> > and then replace a filter and the pan gasket.

>
> > That may not be your case. Some trannies nowadays have no replaceable
> > filters, and there is no need to drop the pan.

>
> > Go slowly. I applaud you ethic in changing your ATF, but you need to
> > know a little more before you get kneedeep into this.

>
> Thanks for the response. *I have specifically asked at the dealership
> on how they change ATF, and their answer was that by draining the old
> fluid only, so, it seems to be not such a difficult task to do by
> inexperienced person. *I do oil changes by myself on regular basis. *I
> have done careful research on the procedure, the key info seems to be
> the correct ATF which is ATF T-IV or T-4 type. *I am planning to get
> it from Toyota dealership to be on a safe side. *Also, planning to
> measure how much of old ATF came out and put similar amount in, then
> use a transmission dipstick to adjust.
> ******
> That is a good and cautious way to proceed. * ATF type is VERY important.


I have changed the ATF without any glitches. It turns out, the
complexity of the operation is smaller than oil change: very easy ATF
plug access and no filter change. The old ATF had brown color,
although ATF was serviced before recommended schedule. Based on cost/
effort and potential saving in transmission problems it is no brainer
for me that I will drain/refill ATF in my Camry on regular schedule
(probably once a year, even though my average millage is low:
~10-15,000 miles/year).
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