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#4784418 - 06/11/18 10:36 PM Camry transmission strainer
andyd Offline

Registered: 09/25/04
Posts: 7142
Loc: Marshfield , MA
Due for the 30K drain and fill. The "filter" is described as a strainer by Toyota parts look up diagram https://parts.conicellitoyotaofconshohoc...nsmission-scat.

Is it necessary to R+R as part of the 30K drain and fill? How much ATF ? I 'm thinking of Max Life for Asian cars. TIA.
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#4784427 - 06/11/18 10:44 PM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
VeryNoisyPoet Offline

Registered: 12/16/17
Posts: 290
Loc: Massachusetts
That does look like a replaceable filter/strainer. Is there any mention in a service schedule for when to drop the pan to change it?

If there's no service schedule info and if this is the first drain and fill, I'd be tempted to replace it in case it caught anything large from the wear-in of the transmission. After that maybe every other drain and fill (60k interval).

Unsure about how much ATF. Do you have a dipstick or just a fill port?
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#4784437 - 06/11/18 11:02 PM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
slacktide_bitog Offline

Registered: 03/20/08
Posts: 6150
Loc: USA
You usually never have to replace a transmission filter. Most of the exceptions have a spin-on can, like engine oil filters.

Maxlife is an awesome ATF. Pour in as much as you drained out. Hardware stores, and some auto parts stores, have special buckets with lines to measure for about $5.

#4784466 - 06/12/18 12:32 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
oilmutt Offline

Registered: 12/16/11
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Loc: Connecticut 06033
Two dealers told me if your getting rid of the car before 250k miles dont touch the trans, if not then drop the pan every 100k and refill with 4 qt. of WS fluid. The fill hole is behind the drivers side front wheel inter fender ,see a 24mm bolt with WS printed on it,good luck and allow at least 3 hr.if you are doing the dump and fill for the first time.
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#4784469 - 06/12/18 12:36 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
The Critic Offline

Registered: 08/30/04
Posts: 19801
Loc: CA
Adjusting the fluid level can be quite difficult on these cars, even when you have the proper tools.

I recommend leaving it alone.
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#4784498 - 06/12/18 04:24 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 11/29/08
Posts: 3003
Loc: Oshawa, Ontario Canada
I had a 98 sienna with the strainer setup. I replaced it three times. You can try to clean the grey film off of it when the pan is dropped.

To me dropping the pan is more important to get that goop out. I also added some extra rare earth magnets in the pan.

Maxlife is the way to go as well.
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#4784562 - 06/12/18 06:55 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
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Registered: 03/30/15
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Loc: Glendale, Arizona
Just have the dealer do it. It might cost a bit more, but you have the assurance it will be done right. And even if it isn't, you will have recourse. Not to mention you know you will be getting the proper fluid installed, along with the right amount. If you mess it up yourself, you will be on your own. I'm not seeing this as a job worth trying to do yourself.

#4784639 - 06/12/18 08:13 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
barkingspider Offline

Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2042
Loc: socal
In all the Toyota’s I’ve owned and / or maintained, I went ahead and replaced the trans filter because it was a simple process and the replacement filter was cheap (usually under $15 non oem). Never had a problem. Since yours is still newer w low mileage, u can leave the filter and just do a drain fill w oem fluid. Let dealer do it if still in warranty

Edited by barkingspider (06/12/18 08:17 AM)
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#4784697 - 06/12/18 09:20 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: andyd]
Rhymingmechanic Offline

Registered: 08/13/04
Posts: 1325
Loc: VA
That filter seems to have the typical coarse AT filter material, but it is pleated rather than just a flat pad.

From Rockauto:

On my two current vehicles, I did some pan drains and then changed the filter between 30 and 36,000, and have done regular drain & fills. Both have drain plugs and dipsticks. I added a Magnefine to the '01 Silverado but do more frequent changes on the '10 Vibe--its original fluid looked realy bad and a UOA of the second pan drain had high aluminum.

#4784700 - 06/12/18 09:25 AM Re: Camry transmission strainer [Re: The Critic]
Pelican Offline

Registered: 11/28/12
Posts: 150
Loc: Ajax,Ontario, Canada
Originally Posted By: The Critic
Adjusting the fluid level can be quite difficult on these cars, even when you have the proper tools.
I recommend leaving it alone.

Quite so! Also due to thermal expansion one MUST MAKE SURE, that the fluid coming out & the fluid going in are at the same temperature, otherwise the volumes will not be the same.