When that happens people like to blame the car or transmission rather than themselves for failing to change it. Remember, at 100k - the cost for repair is on you. Shift the transmission into S, go from first to sixth gear, then back to P. Check that the fluid comes out of the overflow tube. I kept holding it but I never felt it sliding out. Every time she goes there, they say she needs a power steering flush.
Don't bother telling me that it doesn't happen, because I have seen and heard many stories of people draining engine oil thinking the drain plug was for the transmission then adding 5 quarts of transmission fluid to the transmission; people have drained transmission fluid oil and added transmission fluid to the engine. Last July I purchased a used 2005 Toyota Avalon with 65K miles. We did a fluid change and that problem never came back. Really it all just largely depends on many factors in my experience. Out with the Dex, in with the ethylene glycol. My mother had a '96 Ford Windstar and even though it hardly had any load and wasn't driven like a getaway vehicle lol, that image makes me laugh. If you drop the pan, you have no way to fill it; of course no service provider will do this.
Here at Advance Auto Parts, we work with only top reliable Automatic Transmission Fluid product and part brands so you can shop with complete confidence. This is a discussion forum, and if you can't handle someone commenting on your comments or challenging your statements. I like all of the inventors on this thread. The 330 trans is much better than the 300 but they still need new fluid before 100k. I thought the tranny was sealed.
I absolutely would flush the fluid and often, I've replaced the fluid in my car every 15k miles which is way more than what is reccomended. Still looks as fresh as new out of the bottle. You never have to change it because this will kill the engine and then the oil will have lasted the lifetime of the car. I drained just over a quart. This made the job really easy and clean. I guessing the thing to do is leave it and not touch it; but synthetic or not, I do wonder about whether the fluid degrades with time and mileage. It has sealed front wheel bearings that never get repacked.
When filling with fresh fluid, don't spend too much time getting the last drop out. Below, I've posted a link to a string of threads regarding changing transmissin fluid for your 2008. I see no reason to change it so soon - I would probably opt for the 60K miles severe even if I did not go off road. Thanks, Charlie I am not at all sure about what you were told by Toyota. Then add to the difficulty in finding a shop that will rebuild them and you are stuck going back to Lexus for a replacement unit. I'm sure cruisers are rough service, for the idle time as well as pursuit. Since there's no dipstick to check fluid condition or level, it seems the owner is out of luck if he wants to examine the fluid.
In some of these cases they have taken their case of stupidity to court and actually won. I have 2007-2012 lexus es350, I do my own maintenances, including transmission flush manually. Be on safe side, unscrew the over fill plug at 104F transmission fluid, check for the right fluid level. How many times do you see old crusty funnels being used. As always, read the owners manual and at the very minimum, you will have an idea of what sis needed.
Remove the clamp slide up hose with pliers on the cooler line on the drivers side Slip cooler hose off fitting aim into bucket Slip clear tubing over cooler fitting aim into bucket Have helper start car. Thanks for all the info provided by great forum members. Drain the trany pan and hand-tighten the drain plug. Remove the driver side plastic under pan exposing the 2 rubber cooler lines on the bottom of the trans. Remove the overflow plug and gasket. My intake gaskets thank me. I've never seen any such failures on here.
It might also fit my Tacoma. Flushing the transmission through the cooler lines is not possible on this transmission type, since the transmission does not have separate lines running to the radiator. That story is common because the transmission does often fail shortly after having the fluid changed. I think 30,000 miles is a pretty short interval to change the transmission fluid, although many here swear by it. Heavy load, towing, etc…is harsh on the transmission. I thought the tranny was sealed.