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#512922 - 02/19/05 07:23 AM 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
mrdctaylor Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 248
Loc: McGregor TX
I am getting ready to do a drain/refill of the automatic transmission in my 2002 Toyota Tacoma double cab. I had been under the impression (for some reason) that it required a Toyota-specific tranny fluid. However, I just got out the owner's manual and it specs "Automatic transmission fluid D-II or DEXRON III (DEXRON II)".

So my question is this: Is it worthwhile to go with Mobil 1 synthetic? Or is it ok to just use a name brand tranny fluid? I use Mobil 1 oil in the engine.

I need something I can buy locally, because I plan to do this tommorow.

Any advice is greatly appreciated.

David Taylor

[ February 19, 2005, 11:37 PM: Message edited by: mrdctaylor ]

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#512923 - 02/19/05 09:42 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
Bagger_Matt Offline


Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Virginia
The manual stats to use dexron in 4 cylinder models and toyota fluid in V6 models.

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#512924 - 02/19/05 09:56 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
deepsquat Offline


Registered: 07/11/02
Posts: 948
Loc: Tacoma ,WA
according to mobile website it is compatible with dextronIII http://www.prod.mobil1.com/index.jsp

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#512925 - 02/19/05 10:09 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
mrdctaylor Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 248
Loc: McGregor TX
Superglide,

My manual for my 2002 Tacoma PreRunner Double Cab does not differentiate between engines when specifying automatic transmission fluid. Do you have a 2002 Tacoma whose manual states differently?

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#512926 - 02/19/05 10:55 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
Bagger_Matt Offline


Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Virginia
I have an 04 D-cab Tacoma with a V6 3.4l and auto trans. My manual says dex.3 for 4cyl. and toyota trans fluid for V6.

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#512927 - 02/19/05 11:00 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
Bagger_Matt Offline


Registered: 01/08/05
Posts: 252
Loc: Virginia
mrdctaylor ,
Do you run M1 5w30 or 10w30 in your truck? I can't decide which to use?

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#512928 - 02/19/05 11:14 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
OldCars Offline


Registered: 02/09/05
Posts: 50
Loc: Schenectady, NY
Been using, on my '96 4Runner 3.4L, various standard Dexron III compatible oils. However, since I've been changing my own oil, switched over to Mobil Syn.

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#512929 - 02/19/05 05:29 PM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
Alan Offline


Registered: 07/13/03
Posts: 1462
Loc: MD
I belive Toyota didn't go special type fluid until 03 as I got an 02 Sienna that specifies Dex III.

I have used just used drains and refills of Supertech Dex III ATF and it's performed wonderful.No shudder just nice crisp shifts.
It's so easy and cheap to change that I do it pretty often.

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#512930 - 02/19/05 05:48 PM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
mrdctaylor Offline


Registered: 06/05/03
Posts: 248
Loc: McGregor TX
Superglide,

Thanks for the info. Yes, I believe they changed in 2003 from what I've read. All tacoma trannies took Dexron in 2002 and before.

I live in Texas and use Mobil 1 5W30. I know I could use 10W30 without any issue, but from what I've read 5W30 appears to hold up just as well and adds a little better flow when it is cold. So why not go 5W30?

I change my oil every 6 months (max allowed under warranty) which comes to about 4500-6000 miles for me depending on how much driving I am doing. I've been doing that since it was brand new and have 31K miles on it now. Once I'm out of my 60K mile powertrain warranty, I'll probably extend the drains a little further.

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#512931 - 02/19/05 05:53 PM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
Amkeer Offline


Registered: 05/06/03
Posts: 2419
Loc: Florida
I guess I need to pull out my manual since a drain and refill is in order for the Taco. I will be using factory or Castrol ATF if factory is not required. I sure hope I can use the Dexron cause I don't want to be bound to the IV fluids. Hmmmmmmm....

Daily Drives:
-2003 Toyota Tacoma PreRunner,2.7 liter, 4 cylinder, Mobil1 5w30 ODO 13600
-1995 Toyota 4-Runner,3.0 liter,6 cylinder, Mobil1 10w30 ODO 94100
http://community.webshots.com/user/amkeer

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#512932 - 02/20/05 12:26 AM Re: 2002 Toyota Tacoma Automatic Transmission fluid choice
JohnBrowning Offline


Registered: 05/01/03
Posts: 9448
Loc: USA
My mothers Tundra 03 calls for DEX and we have had great results with Mobil-1 ATF! For what it is worth!

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