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Toyota LandCruiser: replacing transmission fluid

Asked by Brad Midson

I have a 2009 Toyota Landcruiser 200 series GXL V8 petrol auto wagon, which is coming up for its 60,000 km service. I have had no problems with overheating or transmission issues, but I was wondering if I should it have the auto trans fluid replaced? The manual says its sealed for life, but we occasionally tow a large tri-axle horse float that weighs approx three-tonne with horses on board. I get my own mechanic to service my car rather than Toyota and would like to know what the correct replacement fluid type is and what volume is needed?

Answered by CarsGuide

7 Apr 2011 Graham Smith

While most automatic transmissions today are sealed for life and carmakers say they don’t need any servicing it pays to be cautious, especially when towing as you do. The guys at AW Automatics say it holds 8-9 litres, the service fill is three litres, and you should use Toyota WS trans fluid if its in warranty, and Valvoline Synthetic Trans Fluid if its out of warranty.

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