2000 Camry V6 Differential

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 11:38 am   #1 (permalink)
JRS
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My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
Thanks for any help!

John
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Old 19 Mar 2006, 01:22 pm   #2 (permalink)
m Ransley
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I dont know but I have a 91 and for 90000 miles 2 dealers and 1 mechanic
said No, then I read the manual real good and changed it. If it does
need it be sure you put in the right fluid mine takes ATF.

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Old 19 Mar 2006, 06:30 pm   #3 (permalink)
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I have a Haynes manual on Camry's '97 through 2001 (I have a '99 4 cyl.
myself).

First - Yes, you do have a separate housing for your differential. I
mention this because it is my understanding that Toyota combined the
transmission & differential housings in later models (or, at least, so
I've read).

Second - According to Haynes, you should be checking the differential
fuild level every 15k miles and changing it every 30k miles (for
reference, you should replace your transmission fluid every 30k miles
as well).

The differential drain plug is located about a foot or so behind the
transmission drain plug. The check/fill plug is above it. Because this
is a "check" plug as well, guess what? There is no dip-stick! You'll
need to remove the check/fill plug and use your finger as a dip stick
to ensure that the fluid is level with the bottom of the plug hole
(make sure it's not hot!).

Unfortunately, both plugs are next to the driver's side tire, so they
are rather hard to get to. You'll likely have to lift the car or put it
on jack stands (so be careful if you decide to do this yourself).

According to Haynes, your V6 differential takes about 1.7 quarts of
DEXRON III Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF).

Third and final - Your dealer should list all the things that they've
promised to do during your regularly-scheduled vists. This should also
be listed in a service manual that came with your car. Check these out
and make sure that the dealer has done his job, both as he promised and
as he was supposed to do. I'm certain he's charged you a king's ransom.

Good luck...

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Old 20 Mar 2006, 11:41 pm   #4 (permalink)
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JRS wrote:
> My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
> to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
> the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
> the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
> Thanks for any help!
>
> John


Mine is a 2000 V6 also. I've asked my dealer about this. He told me
that the differential fluid was also replaced during an auto
transmission service.

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Old 21 Mar 2006, 11:49 am   #5 (permalink)
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In article <1142919705.233977.186910@z34g2000cwc.googlegroups .com>,
"aiuser" <tsiu2k@yahoo.ca> wrote:

> JRS wrote:
> > My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
> > to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
> > the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
> > the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
> > Thanks for any help!
> >
> > John

>
> Mine is a 2000 V6 also. I've asked my dealer about this. He told me
> that the differential fluid was also replaced during an auto
> transmission service.


Unless I am greatly misinformed, on the Camry and Avalon V-6, the
automatic transmission and differential share the same fluid reservoir, so
it is not possible to service (change the fluid in) one without also
servicing the other.

Merritt
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Old 21 Mar 2006, 11:56 am   #6 (permalink)
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Merritt Mullen wrote:
> In article <1142919705.233977.186910@z34g2000cwc.googlegroups .com>,
> "aiuser" <tsiu2k@yahoo.ca> wrote:
>
> > JRS wrote:
> > > My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
> > > to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
> > > the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
> > > the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
> > > Thanks for any help!
> > >
> > > John

> >
> > Mine is a 2000 V6 also. I've asked my dealer about this. He told me
> > that the differential fluid was also replaced during an auto
> > transmission service.

>
> Unless I am greatly misinformed, on the Camry and Avalon V-6, the
> automatic transmission and differential share the same fluid reservoir, so
> it is not possible to service (change the fluid in) one without also
> servicing the other.
>
> Merritt



While this may be true, if there are two 10mm hex drain plugs, you
probably want to drain out the diff oil too - draining only the tranny
might not drain out all the gunk in the diff.

I just bought a 4-cylinder '99 camry (67k miles), took it to Pep Boys
to have diff service done ($35, brought my own ATF). Apparently it's
never had a diff change - it was black coming out. Nice red stuff
going in... fwiw, I stayed to watch the tech change the diff. Made a
world of difference. He almost changed my tranny fluid instead - no, I
want the diff fluid changed, not tranny... he also wasn't sure what
size the hex drain plug was. I made sure to tell him 10mm, because I
used a 3/8" one on my tranny once, and badly damaged the nut (could not
tighten) to the point where I had to buy a new one from the dealer for
about $5 (with metal gasket/washer)...

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Old 21 Mar 2006, 06:57 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Sun, 19 Mar 2006 12:38:00 -0500, JRS <n3ab@fast.net> wrote:

>My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
>to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
>the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
>the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
>Thanks for any help!
>
>John



Thanks to those who offered suggestions. I checked with the dealer,
and they did indeed change the differential fluid for me when I had
the transmission serviced last month. They did suggest that I make
sure I ask to have it done next time as they usually don't change the
differential fluid when someone asks to have the transmission
serviced. I also bought myself a Haynes manual. Thanks again
everyone.

John
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Old 23 Mar 2006, 04:17 pm   #8 (permalink)
Dick Byrd
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In the 2000 V-6, the Transmission and Differential fluid reservoirs are
connected. There is a drain for each, but only one fill for the both of
them. Earlier models had a separate fill plug for the Diff. E.G. my '98
4-Cyl has a Diff. fill plug.
Remember, when you drain the units, you are still leaving a bunch of fluid
in the torque converter, so you really have not done a complete drain. This
is not a problem is you drain and refill on a regular basis.

Dick



"JRS" <n3ab@fast.net> wrote in message
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> My 2000 Camry V-6 has 93000 miles on it, and after all of the visits
> to the dealer, no one ever mentioned the need to replace the fluid in
> the differential. I have the transmission serviced every 30K. Does
> the differential need servicing separate from the transmission?
> Thanks for any help!
>
> John



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