Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Types

When shopping for Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid, many owners wonder what type their specific model uses. Blauparts blog article reviews the different types of transmission fluid used in 1996 - 2024 Toyota 4Runner models. This post will help you determine the correct transmission fluid specifications or part numbers needed for changing your 4 speed and 5 speed Aisin Toyota 4Runner transmission fluids. As well as the Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid change capacities. Please note: This post does not apply to 1995 and older Toyota 4Runner models.

Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Types

5 Speed Toyota 4Runner Transmission - Automatic

The 5 speed Toyota 4Runner transmission was the transmission optioned in the 4Runner models, debuting in the 2003 model year and still being used in 2024 models (at the time of this article being written). The 5 speed automatic transmissions are made by Aisin. The 4Runner 5 speed automatic transmission can be identified as the A7xx FR Transmission or in particular the A750E or A750F type transmissions. 

5 Speed Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Type

  • The 5 speed Toyota 4Runner automatic transmissions use a specific transmission oil formulated for Aisin transmissions, most commonly referred to as Toyota ATF WS. 
  • The correct Toyota 4Runner ATF can also be identified by several part numbers such as: Toyota 00289 ATFWS, 08886-02305, 00289-ATFWS, 08886-81210, JWS3324, Aisin Warner AW-1, 10, Toyota Type WS (JWS 3324), or JWS 3324 (ATF WS).
  • Some use different terms for this Toyota transmission oil such as Toyota WS transmission fluid, Toyota ATF WS fluid, or Toyota WS ATF fluid.
  • The below Eurol 7400 transmission fluids and Ravenol T-WS transmission fluids are formulated with the Toyota 4Runner 5 speed transmission applications in mind. These fluids are compatible Toyota ATF WS fluid options and ensure the perfect function of the Toyota 5 speed transmission and maximize wear protection, reliability, and performance.

Please Note: To ensure proper transmission performance and longevity, we always recommend using an ATF that specifically states use for 5 speed Toyota automatic transmissions. Some transmission oils display performance levels for the 5 speed Toyota transmission but use general formulations that are multi-vehicle transmission types but are not specifically for the Toyota 4Runner 5 speed automatic transmission application.

RAVENOL ATF Automatic Transmission Fluid T-WS Lifetime 1L
Rating:
100%
$18.95

Toyota 4Runner Automatic Transmission Fluid 5 Speed Fitments

  • 2003 - 2009 Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid used in 4th generation 4.7L V8 Models
  • 2003 - 2009 Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid used in 4th generation 4.0L V6 Models
  • 2010 - 2024 Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid used in 5th generation 4.0L V6 Models

Toyota 4Runner 5 Speed Transmission Fluid Fill Capacity

  • 5 speed Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid dry fill capacity is 10.7 liters or 10.3 quarts.
  • 5 speed Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid drain and filter change capacity is 4.3 liters or 4.6 quarts.
  • 5 speed Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid drain and refill capacity is 2.3 - 3.0 liters or 2.5 - 3.2 quarts.

4 Speed Toyota 4Runner Transmission - Automatic

The 4 speed Toyota 4Runner transmission was the transmission optioned in the 4Runner models. The 4 speed automatic transmissions are made by Aisin. The 4Runner 4 speed automatic transmission can be identified as the Axx or in particular the A44D, A340E (30-40LE), or A340F (30-40LE) type transmissions. 

4 Speed Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Type

  • The 4 speed Toyota 4Runner automatic transmissions use a specific transmission oil formulated for Aisin transmissions, most commonly referred to as Toyota T4 transmission fluid type. 
  • The correct Toyota 4Runner ATF can also be identified by several part numbers such as: 08886-81016, 08886-01705, or Toyota 00279-000T4 ATF.
  • Some other different terms or names for this Toyota transmission oil is Toyota T-IV ATF, or Toyota JWS 3314, JWS 3317, and Toyota JWS 3309 transmission fluid type. Older automatic transmission fluid references for the 4 speed transmission such as T, T-II, or T-III have been discontinued, superseded, and replaced by the T-IV ATF type.
  • The below Eurol 1100 transmission fluid and Ravenol T-IV transmission fluid are formulated with the Toyota 4Runner 4 speed transmission applications in mind. These fluids are compatible Toyota ATF T4 fluid options and ensure the perfect function of the Toyota 4 speed transmission and maximize wear protection, reliability, and performance.

RAVENOL ATF Automatic Transmission Fluid T-IV 1L
Rating:
87%
$16.95

Please Note: To ensure proper transmission performance and longevity, we always recommend using an ATF that specifically states use for 4 speed Toyota automatic transmissions. Some transmission oils display performance levels for the 4 speed Toyota transmission but use general formulations that are multi-vehicle transmission types but are not specifically for the Toyota 4Runner 4 speed automatic transmission application.

Toyota 4Runner Automatic Transmission Fluid 4 Speed Fitments

  • 1996 - 2005 Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid used in 3.4L V6 Models
  • 2010 Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid used in 2.7L Models


Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Change Intervals

Typically, most modern (2016 and newer) Toyota models including the 4Runner do not recommend a specific transmission fluid or transmission filter change interval. This is considered a lifetime fluid, and it is suggested to only check for transmission leaks, inspect for transmission fluid leaks, and repair as needed. To learn more about what is meant by vehicle manufacturers saying it’s a lifetime transmission fluid. See our related blog post below.

Toyota 4Runner models that experience more aggressive driving styles, off-roading, heavy towing, or are typically subjected to heavy city traffic tend to generate extreme heat in the transmission. Owners subjecting their vehicles to severe driving conditions may wish to replace the transmission fluid and filter more frequently such as every 60,000 miles. Since most Toyota 4Runner owners subjected their trucks to heavy city traffic or towing this would be a good, recommended transmission fluid interval for both a 4Runner automatic transmission fluid change and manual transmission fluid change.

Why Is Changing Toyota 4Runner Transmission Fluid Important?

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Toyota 4Runner models that experience more aggressive driving styles or are typically subjected to heavy city traffic tend to generate extreme heat in the transmission. Owners subjecting their vehicles to severe driving conditions may wish to replace the transmission fluid and filter more frequently.

The Toyota 4Runner transmissions have hundreds of moving components, such as needle bearings, ball bearings, pressure pumps, clutch packs, servo pistons, and seals. These internal components mesh or engage with one another, causing friction and begin to wear and create fine metallic particles which contaminate your Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid over time. Your Toyota 4Runner transmission fluid and filament transmission filter eventually become contaminated with these particles. These metallic particles can cause wear on these internal transmission components leading to inefficiencies in the transmission and long-term reliability issues.

Also, through everyday transmission use and thousands of transmission operation shifting cycles, the essential additives and base oils in the transmission fluid deplete, break down, and wear out. As part of your vehicle's regular maintenance, you should change the transmission fluid and filter, replenishing the transmission with fresh transmission fluid.

Suppose a Toyota 4Runner transmission has had poor service and has worn out the transmission fluid. In that case, it will typically be noticed by poor transmission operation with symptoms such as premature late shift points, rough or jamming shifts, and slipping. If you have seen a new transmission fluid, it's nearly clear in color compared to the dark color of an old worn-out transmission fluid. You most likely will agree that it is logical that changing your Toyota 4Runner automatic transmission fluid and filter on a regularly scheduled interval is necessary for long-term transmission reliability and consistent performance. If you are experiencing these transmission shifting issues, we recommend changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter as a first step in trying to resolve any problems dealing with transmission operation.

Right-Hand Pictured Example: Transmission service performed in our repair shop on a vehicle with a 5 speed ZF Tiptronic automatic transmission with approximately 80,000 miles on it. The customer complained of shifting problems when the transmission was cold. Note the dirty metallic sediment that was removed from the transmission drain pan. After changing the automatic transmission fluid using one of our BLAU Transmission Fluid Filter Change Kits, the customer reported that his transmission shifting problems were gone. If you're experiencing transmission shifting problems with your Toyota, Blauparts recommends changing your automatic transmission fluid and filter as a first step in solving the problem.


Why Choose Blauparts for All Your Vehicle Lubrication Needs?

BLAU® transmission fluid change kits use high-quality, synthetic* transmission fluids. Our fluids are sourced from lubricant partners that employ sustainable efforts to improve the environment using a higher level of quality. This in turn can support the conservation of the environment through less transmission fluid changes and waste, optimize vehicle efficiency and performance, improve and maintain fuel economy, reduce exhaust/carbon emissions, and improve performance through reduced coefficient of friction and less driveline rolling resistance.

*For most kits, check the product description.

  • Convenient BLAU® ATF change kits include the correct spec, oil quantities, and OEM quality transmission filter for your specific vehicle make and model
  • ATFs that meet or exceed your vehicle manufacturer's specific transmission fluid specification requirements
  • Better transmission performance, less transmission slip, improved torque, and precise shifting efficiency
  • Sustainable ATFs that conserve the environment, improve fuel economy, and reduce exhaust/carbon emissions through improved transmission operation
  • Higher quality ATFs allow for longer change intervals and extended service lives, conserving the Earth's resources
  • Higher quality ATFs with advanced fluid technologies provide improved lubricating properties for less transmission wear and longer life
  • High-performance ATF with better shear load and flow performance properties
  • ATFs with better cold temperature pour points and high heat flashpoints providing protection in all conditions
  • ATFs with high, stable viscosity index reduces coefficient of friction inside the transmission
  • ATFs with high thermal oxidative stability with excellent cooling capacity for better transmission performance and less wear
  • ATFs with lower cold temperature pour points and high heat flashpoints provide transmission wear protection in all climate conditions
  • Long-life OEM ATF filters for extended fluid change intervals

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