How to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid (Toyota Camry A140E)

Are you looking to change the automatic transmission fluid on your Toyota Camry? Well look no further! We have a specific guide to help you change your automatic transmission fluid, easily and safely. Follow these steps closely, and you will be changing your ATF, like a pro, in no time at all.

Transmission Dipstick

Transmission Dipstick

• Begin by jacking your car up. Remember to use proper lifting and jacking techniques, ensuring you are as safe as possible while working under your vehicle.
• Next, it is a good idea to gather your necessary tools and supplies before your start the ATF changing process. That way, if you have forgotten something or need different tools, you are not stuck halfway through the project when you find out. The tools you need for this particular project include: a ratchet and socket set, the correct transmission fluid, the new filter, a drain bucket, a scraper, parts cleaner, gasket sealant, and rags.
• Once your tools, supplies, and car are ready to go, you can begin the draining portion of this process. The Toyota Camry normally has a drain plug in the front of the car, directly attached to the transmission, and has a 10 mm bolt. Attach the appropriate socket and then allow the ATF to drain out into the bucket.
• Once the ATF has gotten down to a drip, it is time to take the ATF drain pan off. You will need to use the 10 mm socket to take the four corner bolts off and remove the pan. Pro Tip: Don’t remove all the bolts at once. First, loosen all the bolts, removing all except for three or four toward front of the vehicle. That way, when you pry off the pan, it won’t fall off into the drain pan and make a big mess.
• You should now see the bottom of the inside of the transmission. Towards the center, you will notice the filter bolted in with three bolts. The filter will look like the one you just bought, so go ahead and remove those three bolts. When taking those bolts out, be sure to not mix them. One will be longer than the other two, so it is important to know which one goes where. Take the filter out and set it in the drain bucket.
• It is now time to take the gasket off the drain pan. Using a work sink or an outside hose, clean off the drain pan while taking the old gasket off the edges of it. Make sure to clean it over a bucket so that old fluid and dirt doesn’t get everywhere. Once you have cleaned the pan with water, use the parts cleaner to spray the pan, both inside and out, and let it soak and evaporate before proceeding.
• Now, grab the new gasket and gasket sealant. Spray the edges of the pan, where the old gasket rested. Once you spray the edges, let one coat dry, then apply again. Do this a few times, and let it dry while moving on to the next step.
• You can now head back to the underside of the car, and spray the inside of the filter slot with the excess parts cleaner. You can also scrape where the old gasket rested, making sure there is no more oil or junk on that spot. Now put the new filter in its correct spot and reattach the bolts, not too tight, but enough to get the bolts snug. Wipe any excess oil with the rags too.
• Head back to the drain pan, and attach the new gasket to the pan. Its best to not spray both sides, but rather just the side of the gasket attached to the drain pan.
• Wipe the surfaces of the inside of the transmission again, before reattaching the pan. Once you make sure the dripping has stopped, you can now reattach the drain pan. Once all the bolts have been attached, start crisscrossing and alternating between each of your tightening moves, allowing it to tighten evenly and correctly. Once the pan is tight, you can now lower your car.
• Once your car is on the ground, open your hood and grab the funnel. Open the transmission port and set the funnel in, adding the amount of ATF your manual states. Next, turn your car on, with your foot on the brake, and switch it through all the gears. Then end it on park again, but leave the engine running. Check the fluid with the ATF dipstick. Let the car run five to ten minutes, then head back and check it again. Check under the car for leaks. If all looks well, then you are good to go!
Changing the ATF on your Toyota Camry is not an impossible task. If you set your mind to it, use proper safety techniques and follow this guide, then you will be well on your way to being a ATF changing champ.