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There isn't one, there is a fluid-level check plug in the bottom of the pan (not far from the drain plug and it looks just like it so be careful). Drive the the truck until fully warm, take out the check plug with the appropriate size Torx bit, and ATF should barely dribble out. If it doesn't, add the proper low-viscosity ATF through the fill plug hole on the passenger side of the transmission until it does.
As I was refilling mine, the fluid wasn't dribbling. It was a regular flow, as if it was the drain plug. It only did this after a certain point. No problems driving at all. I just want to make sure my levels are good. I'm just hesitant to remove the check plug again, in case it comes pouring out. I put back the same amount that I drained. Any suggestions?
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Re: 2011 auto transmission fluid change

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As I was refilling mine, the fluid wasn't dribbling. It was a regular flow, as if it was the drain plug. It only did this after a certain point. No problems driving at all. I just want to make sure my levels are good. I'm just hesitant to remove the check plug again, in case it comes pouring out. I put back the same amount that I drained. Any suggestions?
If you're absolutely certain you put the same amount in that came out, you're OK. You might be checking it a little too hot (the fluid will expand some when hot). But as long as you're using the level-check plug and not the drain plug, it's OK to let it drain until there's just a tiny dribble, again as long as the temperature is not too hot.

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Re: 2011 auto transmission fluid change

I used the Torx/hex plug.

I'd like to double-check. Is there harm in topping it off, just in case?
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I used the Torx/hex plug.
Be careful, both the drain plug and the level-check plug ("overflow plug" in the FSM) are identical Torx-head plugs! The drain plug is at the rear of the tranny pan. The level-check plug is in the middle of the pan, on the passenger side.


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I'd like to double-check. Is there harm in topping it off, just in case?
There is no harm at all in topping it off; that's what the level-check plug is for, to make sure it isn't over or under-filled. Just be certain that you are using the overflow plug and not the drain plug instead!

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Be careful, both the drain plug and the level-check plug ("overflow plug" in the FSM) are identical Torx-head plugs! The drain plug is at the rear of the tranny pan. The level-check plug is in the middle of the pan, on the passenger side.

There is no harm at all in topping it off; that's what the level-check plug is for, to make sure it isn't over or under-filled. Just be certain that you are using the overflow plug and not the drain plug instead!
I've got a 5AT. There's a regular bolt (drain) and a Torx-head (level-check). Thanks!!!
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Re: 2011 auto transmission fluid change

I'm getting ready to flush/fill my auto trans. What I want to know is why none of you guys never mention changing the trans filter. I read Jayman checked what he called a screen but to me it looks like the trans filter. Toyota calls the unit a baffle but Rockauto calls it a filter
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I'm getting ready to flush/fill my auto trans. What I want to know is why none of you guys never mention changing the trans filter. I read Jayman checked what he called a screen but to me it looks like the trans filter. Toyota calls the unit a baffle but Rockauto calls it a filter
If you flip that picture over you will see a screen strainer on the other side. There is no fabric or media type filter like some transmissions have. So there is no need to change this screen.



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Re: 2011 auto transmission fluid change

The check plug has, "Check" stamped/etched/engraved on it. At least the one on my '08 does.
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I've got a 5AT. There's a regular bolt (drain) and a Torx-head (level-check). Thanks!!!
Same here, 04/07 build date. It makes sense that they use different plugs to avoid a costly mistake.

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If you flip that picture over you will see a screen strainer on the other side. There is no fabric or media type filter like some transmissions have. So there is no need to change this screen.
Your efforts are best spent on the ATF and making sure the level is correct.

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