'96 Camry Transmission Fluid Fill

I have a 1996 Toyota Camry - 4 Cylinder.

I wanted to change the transmission fluid so I drained the transmission fluid by removing the Hex Plug located on the pan bottom, on the driver side. Approx. 2.5 - 3 quarts drained.

I now want to (have to) re-fill it with fluid (Dexron II is called for on the dipstick). Is it OK to use the Transmission Dipstick tube to re-fill ? Thanks for the help -- There can't be a solution if you've "Tried Everything" snipped-for-privacy@carolina.rr.com

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Did you drain Dexron out or did you drain hypoid out of the differential? I think on that transmission they are quite separate.

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Thanks for the reply.

I'm not sure. I'll try to explain the Plug's location. It was a 10mm Hex Plug located on the Bottom of the Pan at the rightmost (closest to the passenger) side.

If you look up at the tranny pan from the front of the car, the Plug is located in the middle of the Pan (Front to Back) and on the bottom left side.

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If it came from the flat pan, then of course it is Dexron, but there is another plug over there. Might consider flushing the fluid by using the hoses which connect it to the cooler, and then refill to the mark.

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You're right about the other 10mm Hex Plug. As viewed from the front, it's in back of the Tranny Pan and,as you said, is the differential housing. It has a separate drain and fill. I'm glad I didn't drain that by mistake - pain to fill it again. Anyway, I refilled the tranny this time via the dipstick tube and all is well. BTW, the differential on the uses Dexron II (III) also ('96 Camry 4 Cyl) - not that I'm going to change it this time.

Thanks for the help.

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Actually it's not that bad to fill the differential. I use 1/2" clear vinyl hose attached to a small funnel, or screw on one of those plastic spouts from gear lube bottles and squeeze the fluid in.

Snake the tube near the firewall to the fill hole, and add fluid.

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Thanks for the advice. I'll save that for the next fluid change.

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Platil wrote:

Platil: From 1989 to date, what year Camrys did >not< have a separate isolated supply of ATF lubricating the differential gears? In other words, what years from 1989 had >no< drain plug on the differential?

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The new Gen 5 Camrys (02-03) in 4 or 6 cyls share their Toyota type IV fluid.

I think 97-01's w/ V6's went with a shared Dexron II/III system.

As far as I remember, all 4 cyl Camrys from 89-96 have a separate diff using Dexron II/III. I THINK 97-01's had diffs too.

89-91 3VZ-FE's had a diff, as did the 94-96 1MZ-FE's.

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Platil wrote:

Platil, all of the above is true, and the last part of the V6, they did have a seperate drain and fill, but they did share the same fluid. In fact, you can fill the diff on the earlier V6 rigs till it flowed out, then install the plug and the tranny was filled perfectly. This is the A540E transaxle I'm speaking off, later, they did away with the fill plug on the side of the diff, so it was back to filling it via the dipstick tube.

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MDT Tech wrote:

Did the person who saved Toyota the costs of the rear fill plug and required machining get a HUGE raise or early retirement? LOL

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Philip wrote:

Philip, no they canned him and the guy who installed dipsticks and service interval instructions, I have some news I know you wont like. In 2004, Land cruisers and Sequoias will not even have dipsticks, no service intervals needed, ever! It does use a different fluid also, its a TW or maybe a WT fluid. Anyway, I'll try to sneak you a preview of the TSB tomorrow!

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MDT Tech wrote:

OH dear. Sounds like the great BMW experiment. "Make it last thru warranty .... to hell after that." Or, "Drive it 'til it fails and then pay us ... Big Buck$ for a reman unit."

Looking forward to your TSB.

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1996 does not have separate transmission and final drive lubricants. One source of ATF lubes all.

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Yes you can use the dipstick tube. Drain again at next oil change and thenext and you'll have gotten 90% of the old fluid out. Its a whole lot cheaper than a dealer transmission flush ($80-120). Use Dexron III --- its the latest upgrade and is better.

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