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Re: Toyota Prius 2008 - Transmission or or fluid?
Here is the answer that you are looking for: Never.
The auto trans fluid in a Prius is what we call "World Spec", and never needs to be changed. Why? Because the Prius trans fluid is not used for hydraulic pressure or cooling the ATF fluid due to the lack of the aforementioned hydraulic pressure. All that the ATF does is perform a "lubrication" function. As long as there is no contamination of the fluid (such as being in a flood), do not bother with it.
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Toyota Ed just wants some business when the trans goes out, recommended transmission fluid change at 100k then 50 k thereafter. I changed my fluid at 110,000 miles and the fluid was almost black. To assume the fluid does not experience wear in that transmission is ridiculous. Go to priuschat.com for all the info you need.
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This transmission doesn't have transmission dipstick to check the oil, this is a 'sealed" transmission which uses WS (world standard) transmission fluid, toyota claims this fluid never needs servicing but most dealers recommend changing the fluid at 100,000 miles, I myself own an 07 and changed the fluid at 60,000. Changing the fluid requires some special equipment and procedure so it's best left to the toyota dealer on this one.
Toyota has used a sealed transmission for a few years which has no dipstick, look under the hood if it has a dipstick it will be at the front near the radiator and have a red handle on it, if not it uses the sealed transmission which uses WS(world standard) transmission fluid which according to toyota does not need servicing although most dealers recommend changing the fluid at about 100,000 miles.
it will cost you from $80 to $120 at dealer. (depend what is your state)
But if DIY will cost you 4qt to 5qt of transmission fluild. Price each quart $ 5.00 to 7.00 ea ( dealer price)
Hint : You must use the right transmission fluid type (buy from Toyota dealer never get wrong fluid)
Change transmission fluid is not same as change engine oil.
So Be careful. don't mess up your transmission, it will cost you more than $4500
On this would be alot easier on a lift, on the front of the trany theres a fill and drain plug,the top one is the fill, remove the plug and the trany oil should be 0- 5 mm from fill hole, MAKE SURE CAR IS LEVEL!, add if needed, is fluid is needed have car checked for leaks, when installing plug replace gasket with new one and torque to 29 ft lbs.hope this helps,note; make sure to use toyota fluid type ws only.
Red fluid it auto matic transmission fluid. The black cover is the bottom of the transmission where the transmission filter is. Most of the time.. unless you recently had the transmission filter changed is inthe hose area where the hoses fromthe radiator connect to the transmission.
It is still quite possible for your transmission pan gasket to be leaking. Most of the time people think that by just tightening up the bolts that they fix the leak when in fact the over torque the boltrs and it leaks even more. If the transmission pan gasket is leaking buy a new gasket making sure the bolts are tightened per the manufactures torques.
The Camry's transmission fluid is meant to be changed every 50,000 miles. At least, that's what Toyota says; it is possible to go more than 50,000 miles between changes but I would advise against it. Your car is almost 2 years old, so unless you are driving over 25,000 miles a year you shouldn't be needing a transmission fluid change just yet.
If the fluid smells burnt or is black, replace fluid. Manufacturer suggests that you inspect it at every 30,000 mile interval. I would suggest having it flushed every 75,000 miles as a normal maintenence.