synthetic auto trans oil

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Looking for update on most suitable synthetic auto trans fluid for 100 series toyota. Heavy towing in the hot weather should be improved with the right oil.
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Reply By: 11-UPS - Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:03

Thursday, Jan 14, 2010 at 21:03
I would give your Toyota dealer a call as I think all auto's have synthetic oil as standard and if towing should be changed every 80,000 k's.Do my cruiser that way and in 150,000 k's never had a problem even in 50C+, towing a 19' (GCVM 6.5T).

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Reply By: Searenity - Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 20:08

Sunday, Jan 17, 2010 at 20:08
I have been down this path recently after my 100 series TD 5 speed auto transmission failed at 185k and had to be replaced with a new box [along with the torque converter, transfer case and main computer].

The standard oil is Toyota Type IV - a semi-synthetic oil. Toyota have a fully synthetic oil. It appears that the oil type is defined by the actual transmission unit fitted to your vehicle. Early 5 speed boxes have a dip-stick and later ones are sealed. Type IV oil is generally used with the dip-stick boxes and fully synthetic is used in the sealed boxes.

As far as the local Toyota dealer is concerned, towing a 3 tonne van is considered extreme towing and consequently requires that the transmission oil be changed regularly [20k intervals] but only with Type IV transmission fluid. He contacted the Toyota internal technical advice people who strenously advised against use of a fully synthetic where the box has previously used Type IV oil. My new box has done 25K with replacement Type IV at 21K - it appears to be functioning well even on hot days. I am considering a transmission temperature guage to better monitor the situation.


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Reply By: Newbies - Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 09:46

Saturday, Jan 30, 2010 at 09:46
Just had my 2002 LC 100S 4.2 T/D auto trans 'rebuilt' (after 102,000km) and the specialist auto trans shop used Toyota Type IV - at a cost of $146.40! This was for the entire fluid content - don't know how many litres. Having paid $4.2k for the rebuild, I will be careful to avoid 'generic' auto transmission fluids in future and stick with the manufacturer's recommendation (not that the old fluid caused the major problem, but probably didn't help).
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