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Old 03-28-2015, 09:54 PM   #21
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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.
I used a Scangauge with my Trailblazer...plugs into your vehicles OBD II port and displays information from control systems.
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Old 03-28-2015, 10:20 PM   #22
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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.
I use a Scangage and there are two transmission temperature sensors that can be accessed on my FJ.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:28 AM   #23
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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.
I checked the manual, and it looks like the only temperature gauge in a 2012 Tacoma is for the engine coolant... this has been normal for all brands for many years. This reading is somewhat important to cooling the transmission because the transmission fluid cooler is probably in the radiator; however, the engine coolant temperature doesn't tell you anything about the transmission fluid temperature.

I would have been very surprised if a Tacoma had a transmission fluid temperature gauge at all - with or without numbers. My motorhome - built on a Ford F53 chassis and so using a Ford SuperDuty instrument cluster - has both engine oil temperature and transmission fluid temperature gauges (both without numbers) but I've never seen a light-duty vehicle with a transmission temperature gauge.

I agree that the dash gauges are just to indicate if operation is outside of normal range, or moving that way. As other have mentioned, an OBD instrument (such as a ScanGauge) is the modern way to go for more precise information.
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Old 03-29-2015, 02:43 AM   #24
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There is a warning light if the transmission temp goes too high on my RAV4.
I know because I got it to light up by towing up the Coquihalla to the summit in third gear at 90 kph ( 56 mph ), I think 8 per cent grade.
Instruction manual says to use 4, not 4D and not 3.
Had transmission fluid changed shortly after. Service manager did not comment on colour of the fluid, so it must have been OK.
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Nuthatch, you could call or email the folks at Scangauge and ask them if there are any X-Gauge commands for your 2012, the web site shows there are but you might want to verify it before buying the gauge. You then have to program the code into the gauge, which isn't hard to do, to get it to display them. You do have to find somewhere to put the gauge and come up with a way to route the cable.
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Here is a link to scan gauge site, codes for Toyota trans cooler.

https://www.scangauge.com/support/x-...yota-specific/
Appears codes do exist and I have read on tacoma site folks can program their gauge to read trans temp.

As suggested above you can always contact them.

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Old 03-29-2015, 12:52 PM   #27
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I used a Scangauge with my Trailblazer...plugs into your vehicles OBD II port and displays information from control systems.
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OK, I'll bite...what is an OBD II port?

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Old 03-29-2015, 01:04 PM   #28
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On board diagnostics ?? is my guess. where they do the emission testing.
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Can’t speak for the Tacoma but my 2012 4Runner has 2 transmission temperature sensors, one at the pan and the second at the torque converter. I was able to program the ScanGauge to read both and also programmed it to read the engine coolant temperature. Wish I could help on the X-Gauge commands but I don’t remember what they were for the 4Runner and the Tacoma could be different.
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Old 03-29-2015, 01:06 PM   #30
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On Board Diagnostics ... It's a multi pin port that can access the vehicle's computer.
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