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Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? #5102962 05/11/19 10:37 PM
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Just ordered some automatic transmission gaskets for my toyota and lexus. It says they are OEM and are copper. Is this correct? My old ones were aluminum. I thought I read somewhere not to put copper up against aluminum.
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Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Gebo] #5102988 05/11/19 11:19 PM
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My old BMWs use copper oem drain plug gaskets against aluminum pans and transmission cases, no problems. I heard that copper is softer than aluminum so it should be used with aluminum pans and cases.

Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Gebo] #5103261 05/12/19 09:30 AM
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Don’t quote me, but I seem to remember bad things happening when Aluminum and Copper “meet”.........something akin to galvanic corrosion.

Wait......disregard. Isn’t the Transmission pan steel?

Last edited by incognito_2u; 05/12/19 09:31 AM. Reason: On second thought...

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Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Gebo] #5103286 05/12/19 09:52 AM
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Copper touching aluminum is only a problem in the presence of an electrolyte. If your car is like mine, there is an everpresence of oil around the drain plugs, excluding the electrolyte.

Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Kestas] #5103289 05/12/19 09:55 AM
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I use Super Lube for things like that

Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Gebo] #5103335 05/12/19 11:07 AM
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They've been using that part since at least 1994. No problem to use.

Re: Copper ATF Washers for Toyota? [Re: Kestas] #5104604 05/13/19 08:07 PM
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Originally Posted by Kestas
Copper touching aluminum is only a problem in the presence of an electrolyte.

Yes, I am well aware of that. I was referencing that the external plug of the pan would be subject to debris on the road, Road Salt in the Winter being one of them, which as we know does contain compounds (magnesium, calcium,potassium) that in theory will act as an electrolyte.
But like I stated, it’s a moot point as I believe the pan is made of steel.


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