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2006-2016 Toyota 6 Speed: Transmission Filter & Fluid Exchange

Time: approx 1 hr

Difficulty: moderate

Cost: $100-250

Interval: 60,000 miles


An automatic transmission is a complex hydraulic pump with gears, clutches, bearings, valves, and actuators. The fluid in an automatic transmission is used to apply pressure, transfer torque, clean, cool, lubricate, and activate components. To perform its function, it needs to be in peak condition.


Replacing the filter and fluid often can prevent one of the costliest repairs you can experience on a vehicle, the transmission. Heat, shearing forces, contaminates, and wear cause automatic transmission fluid to lose its protective properties. As the fluid additives and properties break down, temperatures increase, clutches wear, flow restricts, and components fail.


Toyota recommends replacing the transmission fluid every 60,000 miles. However, the transmission fluid and filter should really be replaced on-condition. New fluid is pink/red and opaque. Spent fluid is brown to black and has a horrible burnt smell. You obviously want to replace it before it gets to that point.


Drop the pan, replace the filter, install the pan, and add the appropriate fluid amount. Ideally, you would then proceed into a complete transmission fluid exchange. If not, start the vehicle and set the fluid level accordingly.

Toyota 6-speed Filter -

Toyota 6-speed Flush -

The Toyota 6-speed is mostly commonly found on V6 applications from 2006-2018. Camry, Sienna, Avalon, Venza, Aurion, Blade, Mark X, Previa, Lexus RX/EX 350.

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