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#4453631 - 07/08/17 05:39 PM 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change
TC280rem Offline


Registered: 06/04/15
Posts: 8
Loc: VT
Just picked up a new to us RAV4.Has 46,xxx miles on it and I was thinking of doing a trans fluid change as preventative maintenance .Upon doing a little research,it appears as these trans are a sealed unit and "lifetime" fluid.has anyone successfully serviced one of these without going and having them hooked up to the "machine".
I know it takes the Toyota ws fluid but max lifeatf is compatible and have used that in our 12 corolla.
Also plan on changing out the rear diff and transfer to royal purple 75w-90.
Thanks in advance
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#4453637 - 07/08/17 05:44 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Syntheticuser Offline


Registered: 06/11/17
Posts: 147
Loc: Waco, Tx.
I'd do all fluids bumper to bumper. This way you have a baseline.

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#4453639 - 07/08/17 05:49 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
TC280rem Offline


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Planning to do everything except oil/filter as that was just done at the dealership...then I'll run Royal Purple w/K+N filter.
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#4453662 - 07/08/17 06:19 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
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Off topic One of my friends has a 14 Rav with a 4 cyl . What a solid car I enjoy driving it. Clean oil is good oil.
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#4453705 - 07/08/17 07:09 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
oliveoil Offline


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Loc: snow and sun
Drive it and be happy. I'm guessing the tranny will be fine. Check back in 200k.

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#4453728 - 07/08/17 07:33 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
slacktide_bitog Offline


Registered: 03/20/08
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I thought the new "sealed" Toyota transmissions still had a drain plug and fill hole. In that case, you can do the fluid change with no problems smile

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#4453774 - 07/08/17 08:31 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Ram02 Offline


Registered: 05/13/17
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Loc: New York Queens
Lifetime fluid it should be good to the 100k mark.
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#4453793 - 07/08/17 08:56 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Syntheticuser Offline


Registered: 06/11/17
Posts: 147
Loc: Waco, Tx.
Lifetime fluid is good until the trans fails period. I've seen some so called lifetime fluids shot at 60k miles. They call them lifetime fluids so it is one less thing on the maintenance list for the typical owner.
Ram, some members will be here shortly to educate you on the subject. I'm not qualified to go in depth.

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#4453794 - 07/08/17 08:57 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
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Loc: NJ
Change out the front transaxle gear fluid if applicable. The transaxle leaks on my rav4.
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#4453808 - 07/08/17 09:18 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: slacktide_bitog]
TC280rem Offline


Registered: 06/04/15
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Loc: VT
Yes from what I'm seeing you can drop the pan and change filter then refill.probably end up going that route then drain and refill a few times to get 100% new fluid
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#4453811 - 07/08/17 09:21 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
TC280rem Offline


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Even though it's supposed to be "lifetime" fluid I'd like to all I can to prolong the life of the tranny and have it last for a long time with no worries
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#4453827 - 07/08/17 09:39 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Leo99 Offline


Registered: 03/30/14
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Originally Posted By: TC280rem
Even though it's supposed to be "lifetime" fluid I'd like to all I can to prolong the life of the tranny and have it last for a long time with no worries


My Rav is still basically on the FF. It clunks and makes some noises when down shifting. I'll be lucky to get 400k miles out of it.
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#4453895 - 07/08/17 10:59 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
zeng Online   content


Registered: 09/01/15
Posts: 2184
Loc: Malaysia
Originally Posted By: TC280rem
Even though it's supposed to be "lifetime" fluid I'd like to all I can to prolong the life of the tranny and have it last for a long time with no worries

Upgrade to a higher viscosity grade or two is the most 'effortless and assured' way of achieving same.
No, the trans won't blow up AND it could run cooler, IMHO.

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#4453919 - 07/08/17 11:43 PM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
Dyusik Offline


Registered: 09/26/14
Posts: 1978
Loc: US-WA
My IS seems to chew up ATF in less than 40k, start to get jerky and just "not right." Next exachge i do I'm definitely avoiding WS.

Lifetime fill means till the tranny blows up from not being serviced.


Edited by Dyusik (07/08/17 11:43 PM)
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#4453934 - 07/09/17 12:08 AM Re: 2014 RAV4 transmission fluid change [Re: TC280rem]
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It seems changing fluid in a Gen4 RAV can be as simple or hard as you want to make it. Officially the proper level is found at a certain fluid temp and there's no dipstick.

Might find some useful info at rav4world.com

http://www.rav4world.com/forums/80-rav4-4-fourth-generation-2013-models/
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