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Old 03-27-2015, 09:24 PM   #11
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I have very low mileage on my 2008 RAV4 ( about 46,000 miles ) so I have just followed Toyota scheduled maintenance ( time, not mileage ). I feel better after having all the fluids changed.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:30 PM   #12
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Pretty much agrees with the table I've been using.
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Old 03-27-2015, 09:41 PM   #13
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Pretty much agrees with the table I've been using.
That is all very fine but not entirely believable. My normal straight from the factory alberta summer transmission temperatures not towing are in the 170 deg F range. I certainly expect to get more than 100k miles before having a transmission failure. At least on the lower temp ranges, the chart seems overly conservative.

Definitely towing a lot, I will change the trans fluid a bit more frequent than recommended though.
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Old 03-27-2015, 10:07 PM   #14
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Oil change intervals

On my jeep I changed the trans oil at 8000 to clean out any trash and then at 30000 and 60000 as recommended. The engine oil I have slowly increased to 5000 miles with Mobil 1. I do watch the temps very close and the trans stays in the low 200 range. At 8000 the mechanic thought the service writer was ripping me off. I plan on the Jeep being as good as new at 95000 when I sell it with 5000 more of transferable warranty.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:10 PM   #15
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It is probably less expensive to order Dexter's backing plate assembly that includes everything- brake drums, magnets and all. You just cut & splice the wire in to connect & bolt it on.
I'm guessing you mean brake shoes, not brake drums. Yes, the assembly is often reported as cheaper than just shoes and magnets.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:14 PM   #16
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On my jeep I changed the trans oil at 8000 to clean out any trash...
I understand the logic, but I think I would trust the factory (even Chrysler) to assemble the transmission without trash more than I would trust the mechanic (even at a dealership) to replace the fluid without introducing any dirt.

I waited for the point recommended in the manufacturer's maintenance schedule to change the transmission fluid.
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Old 03-27-2015, 11:35 PM   #17
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I have very low mileage on my 2008 RAV4 ( about 46,000 miles ) so I have just followed Toyota scheduled maintenance ( time, not mileage ). I feel better after having all the fluids changed.
I feel better when my fluids are changed too. Preferably with a nice Amber Ale or a Single Malt.
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Old 03-28-2015, 12:01 AM   #18
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I'm guessing you means brake shoes, not brake drums. Yes, the assembly is often reported as cheaper than just shoes and magnets.
Crud....no wonder none of the ASE guys responded Yeah, shoes...duh! So anyway, talked to my mechanic who has a Tahoe and he suggests 35K for the trans fluid and 75K for the differential.
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I feel better when my fluids are changed too. Preferably with a nice Amber Ale or a Single Malt.
That can lead to another issue, having to drain some in case of of any overfill.....
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How do you know what the temperature of the oil is? We have a 2012 Tacoma and there are no numbers on the gauge. I just watch it to make sure it stays in the normal range.
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