What is Toyota Automatic Transmission Service?
There are generally two Toyota automatic transmission services. The first is a drain-and-fill method, which can be used on most older Toyota automatic transmissions, but there’s a catch. The drain-and-fill method only replaces a quarter to a third of the entire automatic transmission fluid (ATF) capacity. Automatic transmission transfusion or flush service is more intensive and can replace over ninety percent of the transmission fluid and is also necessary on newer Toyota vehicles where a drain and fill would be impossible.
Why should I get a Toyota Automatic Transmission Service?
Toyota automatic transmission fluid serves several purposes in the transmission. Primarily, it is a hydraulic fluid, transmitting engine power to the transmission on acceleration and operating brakes and clutches to effect gear changes. Secondarily, ATF functions as a lubricant and coolant, keeping gears and shafts moving smoothly without overheating. Over time, all this activity causes the ATF to break down, which can lead to transmission wear and gear slipping. Renewing ATF helps prevent these problems.
What happens if I don’t get Toyota Automatic Transmission Service?
Because ATF wears out over time, automatic transmission drain-and-fill is typically recommended every 30,000 miles, while transfusion services are recommended every 60,000 miles. Worn ATF can burn or leave deposits in the transmission, which can cause other problems, like shift delays or slipping. If you put off your Toyota automatic transmission service for too long, you risk permanent and expensive damage to the transmission. At worst, you could be left stranded.