5sp Auto trans oil for 2002 Oct TD100

Submitted: Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:21
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People, just some quick advice please.

From what I read about the auto boxes in the 100TD's to suit my car, I need a type IV fluid rated with the letters 'ATF' and NOT the WS ATF recommended from 8/2003 onward.

I have done some home work and come up with
1/ Caltex Havoline ATF-J
2/ Castrol Transmax-J

The Caltex seems to be a purely mineral oil
The Castrol site indicates the Transmax J to be part synthetic.

Both appear to be suitable from what read.

With my limited knowledge in this area, I would have thought the part synthetic oil to be a better option???

Anyone out there have any experience with these oils or recommendations please.

Thanks.
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Reply By: Member - Graham H (QLD) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:45

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:45
Go to the Castrol site and through the oil selector and it will tell you what to use
Likewise the Penrite site
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:53

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 19:53
I've done that thanks Graham, more looking for someone who has some experience with either product in my situation.

For some reason the Castrol Transmax J is rated on the site as being good for 2002 to 2007 models. That to me is a little non specific because the cruisers changed in 2002 from 4sp - 5sp auto box then the recommended oil for the 5 sp changed again in 8/2003.

I'm chasing some answers but boy are they hard to find!

cheers
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Reply By: TD100 - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:35

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:35
Andrew,

good luck trying to get Transmax in a smaller pack than 205ltr,not an option,havoline ATF possibly,normal dexron III can be used but flushing is reqd to get rid of the TIV,i found that buying the TIV from toyota trade is as cheap as DIII so i saw no need to go away from it.alledgedly these autos need no fluid change in their lives according to toyota.seing i damaged my sump i decided to service the auto,toyota wanted $127 for the filter and $34 for the pan gasket.#%$! that,got an aftermarket kit that looks identical for $40!! thats better.i paid $23 for 4ltrs of the TIV which it now reqs 8 ltrs not 5.5 odd ltrs.why do you need to change oil anyway?cheers Paul
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:59

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 20:59
I'd get it from toyota too. Prices are very reasonable for service items like oils/coolant/brake fluid, so I expect the same for ATF.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:27

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:27
Like everything Phil, it seems to depend on who we speak to at Toyota.

I spoke to someone in the service Dept of a Perth Dealership today and he wasn't able to tell me much at all. Infact he said they use Castrol Oils (including the Transmaz J) in all Toyota's except VVTI engines!!!

It's just a joke trying to get info.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:31

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:31
TD100

That thread has made me think. I thought it would be good to change your transmission oil just like other oils. I have seen some people talking of changing tranny oil every 40K.

Oh well, I'll have a good study of the service manual and see if it mentions change intervals

The reason I'm changing is I bought it 2nd hand...don't really know what has been done to it in the past, do know it has done some long touring heavy towing...so thought it a good idea to change with new stuff!
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Follow Up By: Member - Phil G (SA) - Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:35

Wednesday, Apr 16, 2008 at 21:35
Andrew,
I know what you mean with the service guys. Usually say it just comes out of a big drum!
Ask the Spare Parts Guys. They usually have the right stuff on the shelf.
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Follow Up By: TD100 - Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 19:07

Thursday, Apr 17, 2008 at 19:07
Andrew,

there is nothing wrong ith changing all fluids etc.i am very strict with my servicing,everything on the dot,i was going to service the auto at 80k anyway but the hole in the trans sump brought that forward to 58k,my fluid was still spotless when i changed it,but was not going to pay the ridiculous prices toyota wanted but now have found a cheaper replacement ($40 buck kit)that looks no different to the toyota one.stick with the TIV saves wasting DXIII to flush(my trans mate says it takes 30ltrs to flush a falcon out to change to DXIII)so these autos will probably need 40ltrs.hope this helps Paul
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Reply By: Member - Jon H (QLD) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 08:30

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 08:30
Hello, I need help, I notice you guys are all talking about changing the oil in the 100 series Autos, but I am still unable to find a dip stick or filler tube to refill the oil. Pray, tell me what the refilling procedure is. I am talking about the UZJ100 V8 and the HDJ100 Turbio Diesel models. Thanks in advance.
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Follow Up By: Member - Andrew (WA) - Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:30

Wednesday, May 07, 2008 at 22:30
Jon

You must have a post 8/2003 Cruiser. They don't have dip sticks for the auto trans after that. It's a sealed unit.

For the filling/interval details, check your manual..that's what Toyota me. Apparently everything we need to know is in that! BULLDUST!

So many people have different opinions about when to change the oil, if at all.

If you ever find out the truth, please let me know too.!!!!

Andrew
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