So you have a Toyota RAV4 and need to know when to change the transmission fluid. This depends on whether you have an automatic or manual transmission as the specs are different. If you have a manual transmission RAV4 then the transmission fluid needs to be changed every 4 years or 39,000 miles. If the RAV4 is an automatic transmission model then the fluid needs to be replaced every 6 years or 60,000 miles.
- These are the manufacturer suggested time frames and are not set in stone. However, if you do not have this maintence done the engine, transmission, and powertrain warranties will become void. It is in the best interest of the vehicle to have the transmission fluid checked at 15,000 – 20,000 miles during the routine check to make sure that there are no problems.
- Basic Warranty. The basic warranty covers everything except items that are subject to wear and tear or replacement in the ordinary course of vehicle ownership, such as oil and air filters, wiper blades and brake pads. Tires and batteries are often excluded, but usually have their own warranty provided by the manufacturers of those items. Emissions equipment is required by Federal law to be covered for five years or 50,000 miles.
- Drive Train Warranty. In some cases the drive train warranty continues after the basic warranty has expired. This part of the warranty covers most of the parts that make the vehicle move, including the engine, transmission, drive axles and driveshaft. Like the basic warranty, consumable parts such as hoses and belts are not covered. However, most of the internal parts of the engine, such as the pistons and bearings, which are also subject to wear and tear, are covered by the drive train warranty.
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