87 Camry - Auto Transmission fuid change

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Old 22 Feb 2006, 03:28 pm   #1 (permalink)
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Default 87 Camry - Auto Transmission fuid change

1987 Camry - 200K miles - automatic - 4 cylinder

Hey Friends:

My mechanic changed the
- automatic transmission fluid
- differential oil
- engine oil + filter

On automatic transmission fluid, he had run out of filters, so he did
not change it. I had previously changed both about 2 years (30K miles
back). The old fluid was fine .. and the transmission does shift
properly. My mechanic told me not to worry about it .. and get it
changed the next time i.e. 30K miles later.

Should I worry about it ? Should I take it back and have him change
the filter too ?
Of course, he did not charge me for it .. but that is not what I am
concerned about.

Thanks for your assistance

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Old 22 Feb 2006, 04:33 pm   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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What did he charge you, the trans has a drain plug its a 2 minute job to
drain and fill, to drop the pan is a 30 minute job. I drain from my plug
every 10-15, and drop the pan at 30-?. If he charged trans fluid cost
that is fair. but he did an incomplete job. The only way to know if a
filter needed changing is cut it open. If color was good before you
changed it and it shifts ok I would wait.

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Old 22 Feb 2006, 05:15 pm   #3 (permalink)
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Hi ..

he charged me $50 for the transmission fluid change + differential oil
change.
he said if he had to change the filter it would have taken him (1-2
hrs) and would have charged me $60 more.

Is this a reasonable charge ?

(Engine oil change + filter was $20 .. but that is separate)

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Old 22 Feb 2006, 05:34 pm   #4 (permalink)
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The 88-91 take trans fuid in the differential, check what he used and
what yours requires. A full trans service is maybe 60+ in itself so I
guess you are ok. I believe your Power Steering takes Trans fluid also,
I just use a turkey baister to remove the old.

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Old 23 Feb 2006, 12:51 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Thank you, Sir.

I will follow up with my mechanic.

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Old 23 Feb 2006, 03:29 pm   #6 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> The 88-91 take trans fuid in the differential, check what he used and
> what yours requires. A full trans service is maybe 60+ in itself so I
> guess you are ok. I believe your Power Steering takes Trans fluid also,
> I just use a turkey baister to remove the old.



Is using a turkey baster the recommended way to change the power
steering fluid?

How about brakes? Just use a turkey baster (sounds easy), or is it
better to drain the master cylinder and purge the air out (more work)?

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Old 23 Feb 2006, 04:11 pm   #7 (permalink)
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A turkey baister is a quick way for power steering, and really not the
best way. Brakes should be flushed with new fluid as water is absorbed
by the brake fluid and corrodes brakes parts from the inside.

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Old 23 Feb 2006, 06:03 pm   #8 (permalink)
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Was this transmission fluid change a drain-and-fill or a complete flush?

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Old 23 Feb 2006, 10:24 pm   #9 (permalink)
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m Ransley wrote:
> A turkey baister is a quick way for power steering, and really not the
> best way. Brakes should be flushed with new fluid as water is absorbed
> by the brake fluid and corrodes brakes parts from the inside.


I just did the turkey-baster method with the power steering. I don't
think it's ever been changed in 10 years, but my dad might have done so
before he gave me the vehicle. I was able to get maybe 1/2 of the
liquid out of the reservoir with the baster - the baster was really
wide.

Is the fluid from the reservoir mixed thoroughly with fluid throughout
the power steering system, like the fluid from the transmission would
be thoroughly mixed? Or is the liquid just sedentary, resting with no
mixing?

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Old 24 Feb 2006, 07:17 am   #10 (permalink)
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It mixes, in 6 months it wil be dirty again, change a few times and it
will be clean, but most camrys use ATF in the power steering, the cap
should state what to use.

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