View Full Version : Hi, a NooB '89 celica cvt owner here - enjoying the view!

09-13-2011, 06:49 PM
Great site! Last night I took a short cruise and looked up to see what looked like a full moon! Great having a vert again, I really like the airflow!

A truly NooB inquiry follows that I can't seem to get confirmation on. Used the search, and can't find it. My transmission guru friend can't confirm. I'm now trying to confirm data taken from the BGB:

Can anyone tell me definitively whether,
A) the s53, an '89 5 speed manual uses Dexron 2 ATF for it's fluid?

B) How to ensure that my 89 has an s53 trans ( stampings, codes, etc. )

Once again, thanks for the site.
Best regards,

09-13-2011, 07:00 PM
It used dex II originally, but Toyota recommends servicing with 80w-90 gear oil. Either will work, just don't combine them.

All 2wd manual 89's had the S53, there's no need to find a code.

09-13-2011, 09:50 PM
Thanks, Crisco! I'm planning on using the 85-90 from AMSOIL, any objections to it, or recommendations for something better in the synthetic world?

Best regards,

09-14-2011, 04:52 AM
No objections, Amsoil is decent. Haven't really looked alot into synthetic gear oil, honestly.

09-14-2011, 06:49 PM
red line lightweight shock proof synthetic gear fluid, josh from chico race works swears by it.