Owning a vehicle like a Toyota Camry surely does a lot of benefits for your mobility and transportation. But to continue enjoying the benefits, you should regularly maintain your vehicle. You don’t want to be surprised of how much trouble that irregular maintenance might cause you. Changing the automatic transmission fluid is one of the things you should regularly do for the Toyota Camry.
The easiest way out is to let a professional mechanic to do the job. It is also possible to do it yourself especially if you have already witnessed a professional doing this. Even if not, you can still do it as long as you have the proper tools, the courage, and the complete know-how. The steps below will guide you on how to change automatic transmission fluid in a Toyota Camry:
- Drain out the old fluid from the fluid pan. Clean the pan’s outside and surrounding areas first. Doing this prevents contamination of the pan caused by the dirt. Remove the dipstick located in the filler tube. Replace that with a funnel. Prepare a drain pan beneath the fluid pan. This will catch the draining fluid after you have removed the drain plug. Once everything is set, you can now remove the fluid pan’s drain plug using a socket wrench. Allow the old fluid to drain and put the plug on something where it cannot get any dirt.
- Detach the fluid pan from the vehicle. To do this, loosen first the two bolts in a diagonal fashion. Take note to which part each bolt should go because there are sets of bolts with different sizes. Before you remove the two remaining bolts, prepare to catch the pan by holding it. The pan might still have some fluid in it, so, carefully detach it from the vehicle or some fluid might spill. Put the pan aside, preferably somewhere clean.
- Disassemble other transmission parts. Detach the valve body by disconnecting its wires. Take off the strainer’s retaining bolts, too. Again, take note of which each bolt should go. Throw away the gasket and remove any remaining debris on the valve body. Be extra careful with this step because the valve body might still drain some amounts of fluid.
- Clean the magnet, which can be found at the fluid pan’s bottom. Remove all the magnets and clean the metal shavings that were attached to them.
- Drain more transmission fluid from the fluid pan. Use a clean rug to wipe off any excess fluid. Consider to discard the gasket if it’s too old. Scrape off more material from the transmission to clean it better. Once the excess fluid is completely gone, let the fluid pan to air dry.
- Assemble everything that you have detached. Attach the parts that you removed earlier and replace those parts that need replacements like the magnets of the gasket. This will prepare the transmission for a new supply of automatic transmission fluid.
- Use the dipstick tube to add new supply of automatic transmission fluid. Check with the vehicle’s manual to know the recommended fluid and how much. The dipstick has a guide, which tells up to which level the fluid should go.
There, the Toyota Camry has changed its automatic transmission fluid. But you cannot drive it yet. Let the vehicle run and remain idle for some minutes. Check the dipstick and see if the amount of fluid is still within the recommended level. Add more fluid if it needs more.