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DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

This DIY is to change the gear oil in the manual transmission of the first generation xB.

You'll need the following:

2 Quarts gear oil
24mm socket and 1/2 drive ratchet
Towels
Drain pan
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Long funnel
Car ramps for jack and jack stands.

AS ALWAYS, USE CAUTION AND SAFE WORKING PRACTICES WHEN YOU ARE UNDER YOUR VEHICLE. BE SURE IT IS SUPPORTED SECURELY AND YOU ARE USING THE PROPER SAFETY EQUIPMENT.



Start by locating the fill hole for the manual transmission.





Next, apply enough brute force to bust the sucka loose.



Always remember, butt crack is optional!



Next, crawl under the vehicle and locate the drain plug.





Loosen the bolt and hold pressure against it until it has loosened all the way. Pull the plug from the hole and allow the used gear oil to drain into the pan.







Once all the used gear oil has drained from the transmission, clean the area and replace the drain plug along with the washer and tighten.

Be sure to dispose of your used gear oil at a proper recycling location or facility.



Now it is time to refill the transmission with new gear oil. Pat has chosen to use Royal Purple brand.



Remember, don't be like Pat. This is not an adult beverage!



Pour the new gear oil into the transmission using the long funnel.







Once the transmission is full, remove the funnel and clean the area around the opening with a shop towel. Replace the bolt and you're done!

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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

How often should this be changed? Or should I say, what does the FSM call for?

awesome job btw
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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

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nice! i wanna do this
mee too... so when is it the first time that i have to do this? i got 61k on mine and have not done it yet. But i switched to Royal Purple in my engine at 60k and i could tell the difference
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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

i have a box you can do it to. = )

So is the fill exactly 2 quarts? also what should I torque the bolts back to?

I have 38 K and I would reccommend changing the gear oil every 30K, safe than sorry... especially with an auto tranny... change it often!

edit.... do you need a special washer like the oil plug needs? the one with the teflon coating?

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How often should this be changed? Or should I say, what does the FSM call for?

awesome job btw
We couldn't find a recommendation on when to change it. Pat's got over 50,000 miles I believe.

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i have a box you can do it to. = )

So is the fill exactly 2 quarts? also what should I torque the bolts back to?

I have 38 K and I would reccommend changing the gear oil every 30K, safe than sorry... especially with an auto tranny... change it often!

edit.... do you need a special washer like the oil plug needs? the one with the teflon coating?
Pat put just a little less than 2 quarts and the washer is already there. It's metal.

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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

I noticed smoother shifts so far especially going into reverse I dont have to play around with the shifter to get it into gear.

Also my box has a short ram intake, if you have the stock intake you need to remove it to get to the fill plug. my car has 85,000 miles but the owners manual doesnt show any specific mileage to change the manual transmission oil.

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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

Nice write up!

Btw, I think what you call the fill plug, isn't the actual fill plug?
If you look up the trans, to the left of the drain plug, you'll see it. Looks like the drain plug. I could be wrong though...
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Nice write up!

Btw, I think what you call the fill plug, isn't the actual fill plug?
If you look up the trans, to the left of the drain plug, you'll see it. Looks like the drain plug. I could be wrong though...

Your right but the one on top works so much easier, less messy. unless you have the stock airbox its just as good.

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doing this tomorrow. piece of cake! )

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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

Great write-up!! Thanks for sharing!
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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

I read that auto shops have equipment that "flush" out the entire transmission system instead of just draining it out and refilling it with fluid... anyone knows whether this commonly advertised service is actually worth paying for? Or is a DIY pretty much the same?
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I read that auto shops have equipment that "flush" out the entire transmission system instead of just draining it out and refilling it with fluid... anyone knows whether this commonly advertised service is actually worth paying for? Or is a DIY pretty much the same?
Thats for auto transmissions it flushes out the torque converter and Trans.

The manual trans doesnt need that. Just drain and refill, your good to go.

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Nice write up!

Btw, I think what you call the fill plug, isn't the actual fill plug?
If you look up the trans, to the left of the drain plug, you'll see it. Looks like the drain plug. I could be wrong though...
i filled mine thru the one on the side. I used Mobil 1 with a hose on the bottle and squeezed until it came out of the hole.

I'm wondering if filling it thru the vent would put too much oil in there?

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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

2 quarts is amount called for by Toyota. mighty convenient I thinks.

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thanks for the diy. did mine today
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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

Now it is time to refill the transmission with new gear oil. Pat has chosen to use Royal Purple brand.



I see you have SAE 75WXXX Royal Purple brand...

I just bought some Synchromax for 12 bucks a quart and Im curious if thats ok to use seeing as how you didnt use it, BUt mine is

Synchromax High Performance Manual Transmission Fluid. And of course I have a manual gearbox...


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Re: DIY: Changing gear oil 1st Gen xB manual transmission

Toyota calls for this grade of oil. (API GL-4 or GL-5: 75W90, 80W90)

Max-Gear 75W90 is that grade of oil.

Synchromax is recommended for manual transmissions that specify an automotive transmission fluid.

I had an Isuzu Trooper that used that grade oil. Its equivalent to 30 wt. motor oil or auto trans fluid.

Here is the link Royal Purple Transmission Lubricant Chart

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