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Accidentally drained transmission fluid instead of oil. Bought 2008 Toyota Tacoma used and manual does not provide info on where transmission fluid is put in.

This is a real bummer. Son bought used vehicle 4 months ago from dealer and it was time for an oil change. Husband (who has lots of experience, but not with this particular vehicle) and son drained transmission fluid vs oil and we cannot find access to refill transmission fluid. Vehicle was bought used and manual was provided, but it does not have ANY info on how to add transmission fluid. Help Please!! Thx

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Those transmissions are sealed. They use an world fluid synthetic. They have to be filled with a pump to its proper level at a certain tempterature or you will have shifting problems. Volkswagen and Ford have also chosen this goofy system.

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Normally the transmission fluid off pumped from the side of the engine block. You have to look from the under side of the vehicle. Good luck....

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