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Old 05-05-2021, 11:13 AM #16
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Like other guys mentioned, around 300 degrees. The moral of the story is everyone should really monitor their auto trans temps. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to this. When the light comes on, it's too late, your fluid is cooked and you probably took some like off your trans.

Since we're on this subject, I've got three informative videos to share.

The first one is knowing that turning off Overdrive in certain driving conditions can lower your temps significantly.




The second one discusses the benefits of using 4Lo like guys have already mentioned. It can make a HUGE difference when you're wheeling.




The third and final video is for those that have 3rd Gen years 1996 - 1998 and can't pull trans temp info via the OBD II port. You need to install an aftermarket gauge to monitor your trans temp.

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Hi NJ4Runner,

I have been driving the beaches of Cape Hatteras Sea Shore for the past 20 years. It has some notorious soft sand, especially entering and exiting the access ramps.
I have owned my stock 2000 4Runner since 2001. I air down to 17 lbs and have never been stuck. Driving and navigating soft sand is all about tire pressure, staying in the ruts, and avoiding the wet red sand.
I also monitor my tranny temps with a ultraguage. I use 4hi and never see temps exceeding 185-190.

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interesting you have a rack mounted to "front" of 4runner....had not seen that b4
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Like other guys mentioned, around 300 degrees. The moral of the story is everyone should really monitor their auto trans temps. Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to this. When the light comes on, it's too late, your fluid is cooked and you probably took some like off your trans.

Since we're on this subject, I've got three informative videos to share.
Thanks! I totally used your video when I changed the filter and fluid in the trans late last year, the video was super helpful. I will again reference it when I change out the fluid this weekend. I already forgot which hose (pass or driver side) the transmission fluid will pump out of.

I also used your video when changing my power steering rack out....again fantastic.

I think Max-Life is actually on sale right now at Wally World. Bonus!

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interesting you have a rack mounted to "front" of 4runner....had not seen that b4
Very common for salt water fishing off the beach. People also have them off the back that attach to the trailer hitch. This way none of the sandy/salt water infested equipment has to be inside of the vehicle.

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the first 2 videos referenced by MTBTM are the ones I found useful to this subject of tranny temps. ( as well as most of the videos that he and sean put out on othe r projects).....

is it just my computer....as when MTBTM shows a screen shot of his videos...it blocks about half or more of what he has typed.
example I can only read a few words of.....cant pull temps off an OBD2 and im sure its referencing the early years....but the rest of what he has typed is behind the screen shot.
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interesting you have a rack mounted to "front" of 4runner....had not seen that b4
Most of the die-hard surf fisherman, like myself, all have their racks mounted up front. The main reason...on rear mounted racks your surf fishing reels are exposed to the sand that can be kicked up by your rear tires when driving on the beach. The second reason is that on a rainy or very windy day, you can pull right down to the surf line, throw out a rod or 2 and place them in the rack...then get back in your vehicle and watch them through the windshield.

I see that you are in Alaska. I visited with my wife in 2018 and took our son back in 2019, for completing his MBA. I fished the Kenai River for sockeye salmon on both trips.
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That's awesome.

After some digging I think I know what some of my problem is. I have Mickey Thompson MTZ P3 Mud Terrain tires. They are 265/75 R16 load range E. These are small load range E tires. When I air down to 18 PSI the tires are not even squatting, it is not enough and the tires are digging in too much. They are fighting me in the sand at that PSI and my natural reaction was to add throttle which is the wrong move. I think I have to drop down to more like 15 PSI, or lower to even begin to float on top of the sand. I used to have 31x10.5 load range C tires and they behaved very differently at 18 PSI.

The next question is how the hell have you been driving that 4Runner on an east coast beach for 20 years and it is not a pile of rust and rubber! The beach is straight up vehicle killer. I knew I would be taking mine on the beach and when I bought the truck I pretty much knew that it is a sacrifice. We have guys up here that simply lease jeeps, drive them on the beach for 4 years, and turn them in with substantial rust. do you wash it after every beach run? Are you on the beach often?
I am a Commercial Banker and have worked for the same Company for the past 41 yrs. I get 6 weeks vacation and spend all 6 weeks surf fishing. Everyday when we get back to the house, I spray off my vehicle and reels. In addition, I have one of those wands that attaches to the hose that will spray off the complete undercarriage of my vehicle. I never skip a day doing this either. I also hand wax my vehicle twice a year with Nufinish. It has not been a daily driver for the past 7 years. I'm at 198,000 miles and it runs like a champ. I NEVER drive over or through any salt water on the beach either.
I am fortunate that I have an independently owned shop located 5 minutes from my house. It is operated by 2 brothers that both worked for over 15 years each as tech's for a major Toyota dealer. They never replace anything on my vehicle but with genuine Toyota parts and filters.
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Most of the die-hard surf fisherman, like myself, all have their racks mounted up front. The main reason...on rear mounted racks your surf fishing reels are exposed to the sand that can be kicked up by your rear tires when driving on the beach. The second reason is that on a rainy or very windy day, you can pull right down to the surf line, throw out a rod or 2 and place them in the rack...then get back in your vehicle and watch them through the windshield.

I see that you are in Alaska. I visited with my wife in 2018 and took our son back in 2019, for completing his MBA. I fished the Kenai River for sockeye salmon on both trips.
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Fishing looks good for you. Kenai is good. My oldest has a fishing charter in Seward and we go down to visit him several times a summer for halibut and rock fish. We also hit the Copper and Klutina river for salmon. We also fish the yukon. Fishing was slow last year #'s were down and they shut down the copper early . The fishing and hunting is definetly a nice part of living in alaska
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