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Transmission Refill plug is stuck on my 2005 SR5

Discussion in '4th Gen 4Runners (2003-2009)' started by 4Runner4Real, May 10, 2019.

  1. May 10, 2019 at 2:05 PM
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    4Runner4Real

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    So I ended up semi-stripping the 15/16 refill plug/bolt on my automatic transmission. I don’t know if heating it will help but I have tried a small lighter-torch with no avail... I am trying my best not to strip the plug any more than I have, It’s not completely un-grippable, and would ask everyone for anyone’s direction, guidance regarding getting this bolt/plug out!!!
     
  2. May 10, 2019 at 2:26 PM
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    I’d hit it with some penetrating oil a few times and let that soak in over night.

    Make sure you have a proper fitting socket or wrench and use a breaker bar if need be.
    Do you have a new plug on hand to install once the old is out?
     
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  3. May 10, 2019 at 2:32 PM
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    I'm actually currently trying to figure out where to purchase one, (Autozone, Napa or O'Reilly...) I’m on the phone with Napa right now...
     
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  4. May 10, 2019 at 2:51 PM
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    To be determined
    Try calling a dealer nearby?
     
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    What about refilling through the dipstick tube? That’s how I do mine....
     
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  6. May 10, 2019 at 4:53 PM
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    The 2005 doesn’t have a dipstick unfortunately, it has a 14mm drain plug just like the oil, then it has a check plug where the head of the bolt/plug has a 5 mm hex socket that is used in place of the dipstick. You unscrew that, then fill the transmission with atf through the fill plug which is a 15/16 bolt (very shallow head, easy to strip which is exactly what I did) until it starts to drip out of the check/overflow plug hole, indicating the tranny is full. So all together 3 bolts. I just ordered a new 15/16 fill plug through the Toyota dealership for when I get the other one loose, and I sprayed the plug with some WD40 type spray to hopefully creep into the threads to help break it loose. So if anyone thinks I'm missing something or has a better idea, please help!

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  7. May 10, 2019 at 4:59 PM
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    Well worse comes to worse. You can get a cheap outboard lower end unit oil pump and pump it in the check hole?
     
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  8. May 10, 2019 at 5:13 PM
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    If it gets to where it’s completely stripped you can always angle a chisel into the plug and tap with a hammer


    Can you get a wrench in there? A socket on that shallow head makes it easy to strip
     
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  9. May 17, 2019 at 9:30 AM
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    Parts can be sourced from a Toyota online catalog with free shipping to your local dealer for pickup.

    Ideas to remove are penetrating oil, heat and hammering on a smaller socket, similar to removing wheel locks without the lock key. I did this (lock removal without lock key) last week.

    Next is to take it to a repair shop and have them weld a hex nut on the stripped bolt head.
     
  10. May 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
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    Have you tried a bolt extractor socket? Irwin?
    FWIW I used a 24mm socket and a breaker bar. Its not torqued high, but since it doesnt move often and there is some suction it its on there good. Makes a popping sound. Do not use an 8 inch ratchet. Get something 12 in or longer and itll pop off.

    Also wear padded gloves or youll smack your knuckles hard when it breaks free.

    Do tranny service on my 05 Taco and 07 4runner this year. Both have the same setup.
     
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  11. May 17, 2019 at 10:45 AM
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    Find someone to tack weld a bolt on top of your stripped bolt and use an appropriate-sized wrench or socket to remove it.
     

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