All engine fluids life comes to an end at some point, making it necessary to replace each. Here are some guidelines and signs for when it might be time to get your hands dirty and do a service on your Tacoma.
Engine Oil: We’ve all changed the oil in our pickup at least a time or two. Depending on the blend of the oil (conventional or synthetic), the length of the service intervals usually range between 3,000 and 5,000 miles. Put a beating on your truck in the form of hard off-roading or serious towing? Do yourself a favor and check the color of the oil more often.
Coolant: Typically, service intervals tell us to check the coolant level of our trucks every 30,000 miles, but then that doesn’t take into account us running them across the desert at full speed, raising temperatures above what the average driver would. That said, we advise checking coolant levels at oil change and replacing the coolant every 15,000 miles, if you consistently subject your Tacoma to high-rpm, high-temperature driving.
Transmission Fluid: Like the rest, transmission fluid deteriorates with time. Replacement should come somewhere between the 30,000 and 60,000 mile mark, depending on the interval called for in your owner’s manual. Preventive care here can go a long way in keeping your transmission working smoothly for the entirety of your truck’s life. Consider changing it consistently around the 30,000-mile mark for the best longevity possible.