The maintenance manual that came with the car tells how often (probably every 60-100K).
The capacity of the manual transaxle is: 1.9 liters (2.0 US qts, 1.7 Imp. qts) using API oil grade GL-4 or GL-5, SAE 75W-90 differential oil (the stuff has an awful smell to it). If you don't know how much oil you've got in the transmission, you want to make sure that the level is about 0 - 5 mm (0 - 0.02 in.) from the edge of the filler plug (almost visually full). I wouldn't change the oil as frequently as the author above mentioned, but that's a personal preference thing I suppose.
One of the nice features of the Echo is that it has a transmission fluid filter. This means you may never need to change the transmission fluid (it is not listed at all in the owner's manual scheduled maintenance). If you feel that it really does need it because you have not driven under normal conditions, you can find details on how to do it, here: http://groups.msn.com/Sorensonbrian/atfchange.msnw
For a automatic transmission check out this link: http://echodrivers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=43&t=13106&hilit=manual+fluid+change For a manual transmission check out this link: http://echodrivers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=10892&hilit=manual+fluid+change http://echodrivers.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=16&t=865&hilit=+manual+fluid+change - the link above has pics of the different bolts to loosten.
Transmission fluid will last roughly 70,000-80,000 miles so anywhere in there.
For automatics, there is no manufacturer defined change interval. If you drive in dirty conditions a lot, you might want to change it every 80k miles. Under normal conditions you may not want to ever change it. There are echo's on the road with 400,000 miles that have never had a transmission fluid change.
manual recommends Dot 3.
In any automatic transmission the fluid should be changed at the interval specified by the manufacturer. You should have the transmission oil filter replaced also at this time. Many shops will just suck out the old fluid and replace it with new without replacing the oil filter.
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Yes. The fluid should look clean and pink.
Check the fluid.
One of the nice features of the Echo is that it has a transmission fluid filter. This means you may never need to change the transmission fluid (it is not listed at all in the owner's manual scheduled maintenance). If you feel that it really does need it because you have not driven under normal conditions, you can find details on how to do it, here: http://groups.msn.com/Sorensonbrian/atfchange.msnw You can drain the fluid from transmission pan, but you won't be able to all of the fluid (as there's quite a bit still in the torque converter you won't be able to get from pulling the plug in the pan). Perhaps the best reason to have a shop purge the fluid is that the pan will expand and contract (the transmission oil does get hot). This may cause the pan to not seat properly, and allow for potential leaks along the gasket seal (it's entirely possible, but not likely...). Furthermore, I'd rather pay the mechanic $100 to get oily and messy, and have the burden of having the workmanship be done correctly on their shoulders. You should have the automatic transmission fluid purged and replaced every 60,000 miles or 97,000 Kilometers (depending on your driving habits). You can check the color of the transmission fluid, and if it's becoming a very dark red hue (almost black in color) you should seriously consider getting the fluid changed very soon. It might cost $100 US Dollars to do the job, but that's far less than having to replace the transmission for not performing routine preventive care.
Replacing a transmission is not a do-it-yourself type of job, but I'm sure if you had the time, a shop manual, and a lot of patience, it could be done. A lift would also be nice. Good luck. Personally I would take it to a transmission shop.
The Echo has a chain. I tried to get a mechanic to change the belt once, he informed me that it had a chain.
Depends if you have automatic or manual transmission. Automatic trans fluid is type T-IV, which is a special type made by Toyota, I think I heard somewhere that a 3rd party was selling this type but I haven't seen it personally. You can buy T-IV ATF from the dealership or some online places including eBay at a slight discount.
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no idea it is probably using the brake fluid
The dealership said typically, you don't EVER need to change the filter/screen unless the transmission has suffered some type of damage to where there may be metal fragments floating around in the fluid. It's true. Not only should you never change the filter, you should never change the fluid either, you'll end up doing more harm than good. I've got two echos with >200,000 miles on each, and I've never done anything with the transmission fluid or filter, transmission has never slipped or had any problems whatsoever. Timing chain and water pump don't need replacing either, they are built to last.
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3-4 quarts. One of the nice features of the Echo is that it has a transmission fluid filter. This means you may never need to change the transmission fluid (it is not listed at all in the owner's manual scheduled maintenance). If you feel that it really does need it because you have not driven under normal conditions, you can find details on how to do it, here: http://groups.msn.com/Sorensonbrian/atfchange.msnw1. Dry fill (the automatic transaxle is bone dry): 6.85 liters (7.24 US qts, 6.03 lmp.qts) using ATF Type T-IV 2. Drain and refill: 2.9 liters (3.1 US qts, 2.6 lmp.qts), again using ATF Type T-IV Typically, you'd want to consider changing the transmission filter (and replacing the transmission oil) at 100,000 miles, as the transmission oil and filter will have some metal shavings that need to be removed, and the oil will be a very dark red. The only time I'd consider changing it before 100,000 miles is unless you've hauled a trailer, or unless your driving habits are harsh. It's not difficult to change the transmission fluid, nor is it expensive to DIY (most likely about $40 max to DIY), but it is sometimes a messy job.
Changing anti freeze is pretty easy to do. I have posted the process here: http://www.yarisfans.com/forum/yaf_postst178_Toyota-Echo-DIY--Coolant--Radiator-Fluid-Change.aspx Let me know if this helps!
If you still have the owner's manual for the 2004 echo there should be a specifications section that will tell you the oil capacity (drain and refill) with a filter change and without a filter change. For instance, I have a 2002 Toyota echo. On page 217 of my owner's manual it shows that the capacity with a filter change is 3.7 liters, 3.9 quarts or 3.3 imperial quarts. I would imagine that the oil capcity of your 2004 echo is similar. After you change the oil and filter add the 3.9 quarts and check the oil level on the dip stick. Also note, my owner manual states that the amount of oil to fill between the low level and the full level on the dipstick is 1.5 liters, 1.6 quarts and 1.3 imperial quarts. Hope this answers the question.
It might not HAVE one. Some newer toyotas don't have this because the transmissions are sealed and the fluid is expected to last up to 80k miles. The fluid is often special, and the fill hole is on the side of the transmission like a rear differential. Check with your local dealer about this. If it is this type, they'll tell you that the fluid must be heated before putting it in and they have special equipment to do it.
There is no defined service interval for ATF changes. Under normal driving conditions you may never need to change it. One thing you can do is check the fluid quality via the dip stick, if you see black dots in the fluid or overall off-colors or smells, you may want to change it.