I’m trying to change my trans fluid on 2014 Rav 4. I took the tire off, panel off, and tried taking out the “WS” fill plug before draining the fluid from the pan. I couldn’t get that bolt to pry loose. I used a 24mm long neck socket with a 6" socket. I don’t have a longer socket for torque so I gave up (actually pulled my groin muscle trying to tug it free). I went to the Toyota place in town and asked if they will break it free for me. After hearing 4 people tell me the fluid is “lifetime” and doesn’t need to be changed, they said they have a machine which fills from the drain plug and that they never ever take the WS fill plug out. The guy said they recommend not to do the service and leave the original fluid in the trans and they don’t even stock the metal gasket for the drain plug. Go figure. So I asked why did Toyota put one there if you’re not supposed to take it out. I wish I can drain it from the pan and then use a pump to fill it from the bottom. once full and I pull the hose out, if overfilled, it will drain out. Problem is if I drain it and don’t have a correct size hose or can fill it up, I’m screwed (tow to Toyota I guess which will cost 200 plus tow). My plan is to take it to an independent shop to help me break that fill plug loose and then go home and finish the job.
Has anyone done this before at home? how hard was it to get the plug off? I’m turning counter clockwise so I hope that’s the right way and it’s not a reverse thread plug. Once open, did anyone fill from there and then finish the job? thanks for your help. I hate paying someone for something that I feel I can do.