How to Change Transmission Fluid 2004 Toyota Corolla

Changing the transmission fluid is a very important maintenance task for Toyota Corolla. When it is 2004 of this model, you will need it more often. But most new users don’t know how to change transmission fluid 2004 Toyota Corolla. 

The fluid changing process in this model of Toyota is very simple. You just have to follow some steps carefully. Here is the process of changing this fluid for your vehicle. This is written in the simplest language. So, if you can read this, you will be able to change the transmission fluid of your 2004 Toyota Corolla at home.

Necessary tools to Change Transmission Fluid 2004 Toyota Corolla

To change the transmission fluid, some tools are needed. These are 

  • 14mm socket with a 3/8″ drive ratcheting wrench
  • A used oil catch container
  • A gallon jug marked in quarts
  • An automotive funnel
  • A new crush washer 
  • 4 U.S. quarts of genuine Toyota ATF Type T-IV
  • Some optional tools are a floor jack and two jack stands or automotive ramps.

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How to Change Transmission Fluid 2004 Toyota Corolla

Here is the process of changing the transmission fluid 2004 Toyota Corolla. You will enjoy this process because this is very cheap and easy.

Step 1: Open the Hood

First of all, you have to open the hood and pull up the red plastic handled transmission dipstick one or two inches. This dipstick is situated at the front right side of the driver or front right of the engine bay next to the 12V automotive battery and below the air intake hose.

Step 2:  Find out The Jack Point and Jack the Car

Now you have to jack the car. That’s why you should find out the jack point. The jack point stays under the center of the engine bay. After finding the jack point, you have to lift the front side of the car with a floor jack. Then you have to securely uphold the vehicle with two jack stands.

Step 3: Find Out the Transmission Oil Drain Bolt

In this step, you must need some tools like a “14mm socket”, “3/8″ drive ratchet”, and “a used oil catch container”. To get out the old fluid, you should wear rubber gloves to protect your hands from dangerous diseases. 

Now, you have to find the black metal transmission oil pan. You will see the transmission oil drain bolt near the rear edge of the pan and you will also see the bolt head facing down towards the ground.

Step 4: Get Out the Old Fluid

For getting out the old fluid, first, you have to impose an oil basin just below the drain bolt. Then you have to slowly loosen the transmission fluid drain bolt in the counterclockwise direction with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench and spinout the drain bolt. Then, the old fluid will start getting out. 

Now, you have to clean the drain bolt and check the metal crush washer. If this crush washer seems to be in good condition,  you can use this crush washer again otherwise you have to use a new crush washer. Now, you have to wait until the all-old transmission fluid gets out from this.

Step 5: Spin in The Drain Bolt

Now, you have to clean the area around the drain hole with a clean rag or paper towels or tissue and you have to be sure that the old crush washer is not still stuck to the transmission pan. Then, you have to attach a new crush washer to the drain bolt. 

Now, you spin the drain bolt through your hand a few turns in the clockwise direction to protect it from becoming cross threaded. Then tighten the drain bolt very well with the 14mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Step 6: Insert new Transmission Fluid

To insert a new Transmission Fluid, first, you have to insert a small automotive funnel into the transmission dipstick hole. Now, you need a new Toyota ATF T-IV about 3 to 3.2 U.S. quarts. Then, you have to slowly pour it into the transmission fluid dipstick hole. It is better to have a little less fluid than needed in the transmission.

What Kind of Transmission Fluid Does a 2004 Toyota Corolla Take?

If you are in the market for a new car, one of the most important factors to consider is the type of transmission fluid that it takes. Toyota makes several different models of cars that use different types of transmission fluids, so it is important to find out which one your car uses.

The most common type of transmission fluid used in Toyota cars is a multi-grade synthetic oil. This type of fluid is designed to improve fuel economy and reduce wear and tear on the transmission. It is also formulated to resist corrosion and promote a long life for the transmission.

Other types of transmissions fluids used in Toyota cars include engine oil, automatic transmission fluid, and a special type of synthetic oil known as a “dynamic fluid”. Automatic transmission fluid is designed to help improve shift quality and reduce wear and tear on the automatic transmission. Dynamic fluid is also formulated to resist corrosion and promote a long life for transmission.

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How Often Change Transmission Fluid Toyota Corolla?

This can be a difficult question to answer, as the best time for a change depends on a variety of factors, including the type of transmission fluid, how dirty the fluid is, and the age of the car. However, most experts recommend changing the transmission fluid at least every 50,000 miles, or every 4-5 years if the fluid is not changed.

So, how do you know when it is time to change the transmission fluid? The easiest way to determine this is to use a transmission fluid level indicator. This device will tell you when the fluid level is low or high, and this is a good indicator to use in conjunction with a periodic inspection of the fluid level. 

If the fluid level is low, it is time to change the fluid. If the fluid level is high, it is not time to change the fluid yet. However, it is still a good idea to change the fluid if it has been more than 6 months since the last fluid change.

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That was all about the transmission fluid changing process if Toyota Corolla 2004. This is very easy to do. After reading this discussion, I hope you will be able to drain and refill this fluid on your car. Thanks for reading from us.

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