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Toyota Camry Transmission Questions (MY Prior to 2007)
Some may say I am a bit cuckoo about maintenance.
At 15k I dropped the transmission pan drained the transaxle, cleaned the pan and filter, and replaced the gasket and fluid.
At 30k I simply drained the transmission pan and transaxle and replaced the fluid. I have repeated this process TWO more times since 30k, and I'm now at 44k.
Each time I do this, at first I view the fluid as it drains as having SOME red coloring to it. But when I then transfer the fluid from the pan to a container (to dispose of it) it looks QUITE BROWN!
I can't imagine that there's much residue in my pan that this is coming from, as the pan has not been used that much.
My question is....Do you think I'm over-doing it?
I HATE to see such a brown color in my fluid, so I am obsessed with changing it. If I had a more convenient place to do this, I would probably do it every 3k miles!
Each time I drain/fill it's only 4 quarts, which costs me all of $8 at WAL-MART.
I use CASTROL DEXTRON III.
ALSO...FYI...be VERY CAREFUL as to which fluid you use. I had a BIG disagreement with the Toyota Parts Manager regarding this. He was certain that it was okay for me to put in Toyota Type IV fluid but before doing so I found a Lexus/Toyota TSB that warned NOT TO.