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New to Toyota

Old 03-12-2012, 05:52 PM
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I just picked up a '91 Camry LE for the misses. This is my first Toyota. I am mechanically inclined. I do all my own repairs.
This appears to be a very well designed car.
Despite the fact that this car has lots of miles 240,000 kilometers (160,000) miles I am amazed at the condition of this car.
It has NO rust, no dents, interior is nearly perfect.
It runs and drives like it was new so obviously someone has taken reasonable care of it.
It has the 2 liter 4 banger with a 4 speed auto. It drops into gear without hesitation and it has a nice firm positive shift but the fluid, while not burned looks like it needs to be changed. The service manual says nothing about a filter. Would Toyota be stupid enough to build an automatic transmission with no filter? Is the filter external? Am I missing something here?
Regardless it lasted this long it must not be too bad but if the thing has no filter I'll be changing the fluid more often that I would on something that had a filter. I don't want to pull the pan off if it has has no filter. Nor do I want to run fresh trans fluid through a dirty filter. Any assistance that someone could offer would be useful, thanks!

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Old 03-12-2012, 10:44 PM
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no, it's Toyota, not Honda, so here ya go:
1987-1991 Toyota Camry Automatic Transmission Filter Replacement REPT313901 - OE replacement

and yes, it's pull pan off job.
Old 03-12-2012, 10:59 PM
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Okay perfect! That's exactly what I needed to know. What threw me off was the Toyota service manual that explained to just pull the plug, drain, put plug back in and fill. No mention of replacing the filter which seemed crazy to me.
So off comes the pan no problem! It's better to remove the pan and clean it anyway.
I'm happy that it has a drain plug. Makes the job alot less messy when removing the pan if it's already drained.
Thanks for your help!

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Old 03-14-2012, 08:48 PM
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be messy one way or the other. have just done one on wify's Lexus. don't buy cork gaskets!!! go for black rubberized ones.
Old 03-15-2012, 03:15 AM
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why wify and not black rubberized? what's the different?
Old 03-15-2012, 09:46 PM
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my experience with cork one is they break on corners and are very sensitive to pressure applied. Had much better success with black rubberized ones.

as of "why wify"? wife has Lexus. Wify. Wify's car. Not WI_FI.
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