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How do you chang the transmission fluid on the 2003 4runner (v8)

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Jack you vehicle up and put it on jackstands. Loosen the dipstick tube collar and let the fluid drain into a container. Next take the transmission pan bolts out and remove the pan from the transmission making sure you don't spill the remaining fluid. Next clean the gasket surfaces on the transmission and pan very carefully removing all residue and glue with a solvent and then air dry. Be sure to clean the bottom of the pan thoroughly. Remove the filter from the mount inside the transmission. Now you are ready to install the O-ring and a new filter tightening the bolts securely. Next install the gasket and the pan to the transmission and be sure to torque the bolts with a torque wrench to specifications. Install the dipstick tube and tighten the collar. Lower the vehicle and add the fluid through the filler tube, don't overfill please. Now with the transmission in park and the parking brake set, run the engine at fast idle, but not too fast. Move the gear selector through each range and back to park. Check the fluid level and check for leaks. Now You Are Finished and Ready to Go.

Posted on Oct 03, 2009

  • Keith Medlin
    Keith Medlin Jul 01, 2011

    The problem with mine (V8 Limited) is that the exahuse pipe is directly under the pan, and unless I remove the exhaust pipe, there is no way to get the pan off. Has no one else had this problem>

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