How / Where to add ATF?

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Old 12 Sep 2006, 01:43 pm   #1 (permalink)
jay
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Default How / Where to add ATF?

I have a 97 Toyota Camry. I am able to check Automatic Transmission
Fluid via the dip stick. But from where do I add transmission fluid? Is
it OK to add ATF treatment (has PTFE and contains petroleum
distillates) to a transmission that is beginning to show signs of
slipping when cold?

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Old 12 Sep 2006, 02:15 pm   #2 (permalink)
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"jay" <jaym1212@hotmail.com> wrote:
>I have a 97 Toyota Camry. I am able to check Automatic Transmission
>Fluid via the dip stick. But from where do I add transmission fluid? Is
>it OK to add ATF treatment (has PTFE and contains petroleum
>distillates) to a transmission that is beginning to show signs of
>slipping when cold?
>

Usually fill through the dipstick tube. A funnel helps.

If it's slipping when cold, I'd flush and refill with synth ATF fluid. When's
the last time the fluid was changed?
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Old 12 Sep 2006, 03:06 pm   #3 (permalink)
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jay wrote:
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> it OK to add ATF treatment (has PTFE

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No.
The manufacturer Dupont has stated repeatedly their product aka Teflon
was not designed for use in engines. Don't think it is any better in
transmissions.
You could try draining and adding Mobil 1 synthetic ATF and Lucas
transmission fix. I use the Lucas product as preventative maintenance,
apx. 8 oz.
When you're checking the final level, transaxle should be at normal
operating temperature, not idled in traffic, or driven at high speed.
Allow ten miles for normal warm up. Fluid is added through the
dipstick.
If the existing fluid is darkened, drain and fill several times.
Once you get the level correct, you can measure the amount removed as a
guide to re filling. I use empty plastic quart oil containers with
ounce markings on the sides.

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Old 12 Sep 2006, 03:09 pm   #4 (permalink)
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> > ... signs of slipping when cold?
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> Usually fill through the dipstick tube. A funnel helps.
> If it's slipping when cold, I'd flush and refill with synth ATF fluid.


Thx

> When's the last time the fluid was changed?


I bought it used from a car dealer at 110K miles and have put another
10K on it. Don't know it prior maintenance records

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Old 14 Sep 2006, 10:21 pm   #5 (permalink)
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Consider getting the transmission strainer changed. I mean getting a
new strainer and rubber cork gasket like in the Fram AT kit for about
$20. Also, I wouldn't have the tranny flushed in this state or let the
mechanic just "clean" the strainer. In its casing it'll never truely be
clean.

Replace the strainer, gasket, and ATF (as well as the ATF in the
differential). The parts and fluid are about $30.


jay wrote:
> I bought it used from a car dealer at 110K miles and have put another
> 10K on it. Don't know it prior maintenance records


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