Toyota Camry 1983-1996 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle

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FLUID RECOMMENDATIONS





1983-90 2WD 4 cyl. models: DEXRON® II ATF
 
1991-96 2WD 4 cyl. models: multipurpose gear oil API GL-4 or GL-5; SAE 80W-90
 
All 2WD 6 cyl. models: multipurpose gear oil API GL-4 or GL-5; SAE 80W-90
 
All 4WD models: multipurpose gear oil API GL-4; SAE 75W-90 or 80W-90
 

LEVEL CHECK



See Figure 1

The oil in the manual transaxle should be checked at least every 15,000 miles (24,000 km) and replaced every 25,000-30,000 miles (40,000-48,000 km), even more frequently if driven in deep water.

  1. With the car parked on a level surface, remove the filler plug (24mm hex head on gasoline models, 17mm hex head on diesel models) from the front side of the transaxle housing.
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  3. If the lubricant begins to trickle out of the hole, there is enough. Otherwise, carefully insert your finger (watch out for sharp threads!) and check to see if the oil is up to the edge of the hole.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Use your finger to check the level of the manual transaxle fluid

  1. If not, add oil through the hole until the level is at the edge of the hole. Most gear lubricants come in a plastic squeeze bottle with a nozzle; making additions simple. You can also use a common everyday kitchen baster.
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  3. Replace the filler plug and tighten it to 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm). Run the engine and check for leaks.
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DRAIN & REFILL



See Figures 2, 3 and 1

Once every 30,000 miles (48,000 km), the oil in the manual transaxle should be changed.

  1. The transaxle oil should be hot before it is drained. If the engine is at normal operating temperature, the transaxle oil should be hot enough.
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  3. Raise the car and support it properly on jackstands so that you can safely work underneath. You will probably not have enough room to work if the car is not raised.
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  5. Remove the filler plug from the side of the transaxle case. It is on the front side. There is usually a gasket underneath this plug. Replace it if damaged.
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  7. The drain plug is located on the bottom of the transaxle, it should be a 24mm hex head. Place a pan under the drain plug and remove it. Keep a slight upward pressure on the plug while unscrewing it, this will keep the oil from pouring out until the plug is removed.
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CAUTION
The oil will be HOT! Be careful when you remove the plug so that you don't take a bath in hot gear oil.

  1. Allow the oil to drain completely. Clean off the plug and replace it, tightening it until it is just snug 36 ft. lbs. (49 Nm).
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  3. Fill the transaxle, with the proper lubricant, through the filler plug hole as detailed previously. Refer to the Capacities Chart for the amount of oil needed to refill your transaxle.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Manual transaxle filler hole location-1983-91 models



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Fig. Fig. 3: Manual transaxle filler hole location-1992-96 models

  1. The oil level should come right up to the edge of the hole. You can stick your finger in to verify this. Watch out for sharp threads!
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  3. Replace the filler plug and gasket, lower the car, and check for leaks. Dispose of the old oil in the proper manner.
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