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A340 Deep Transmission Pan For Toyota and Lexus, "No Dipstick" Design
Project Under Consideration, PML Part Number 11175
Status: This pan will be similar to our transmission pan for the AW4. We are looking into a design that will be deeper than our AW4 pan and work with Toyota valve bodies. We are collecting information and determining if there is enough interest to justify the design and development.
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Number of Bolts: 19
A340: We are using "A340" to refer to the A340 class of transmissions: A340E, A340F, A340H), A341E, and A343F
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Some models of these vehicles have an A340 transmission:
The related AW4 Transmission (see PML Part Number 11076) is found mostly in Jeep vehicles. Some early 4Runners MAY be able to use Part Number 11076 but you would need to carefully check that the filter, stock pan and valve body are match those used by PML to develop the AW4 pan.
A PML A340 pan will have:
Because different models have different the stock pans and dipstick receiver tubes, we have replaced the dipstick and receiver tube with level check/fill holes on the pan.
This means you would no longer use your dipstick. The transmission fluid level would be checked from pan!
PML No Dipstick Design Details
How to fill: You would fill through the fill/level check hole on the bottom of the pan. PML would provide a fitting for the hole. You could also use a pump. You would fill until the fluid starts to dribble out then put in the plug.
How to check: To check the fluid, you would remove the plug and see if any fluid dribbles out. If it does, it's full and you're good to go.
Any benefits to the PML no dipstick design? Checking the fluid on the pan is less convinient than using a dipstick but there are a couple small benefits:
Stock Pan and Transmission
The A340 (A340E, A340F, A340H) and the AW4 are sister transmissions. The AW4 is commonly found in Jeeps, such as 1987-2001 Cherokees. The A340E, A340F, A340H transmission is found in Toyota cars, trucks and SUVs and a few Mitsubishis, Kias, Lexus cars and SUVs, and Volvos.
There are 9 different stock pans. These 9 stock pans have 4 different depths and 7 different dipstick receiver heights and angles. The dipstick receivers complicate the design and manufacturing. There are 13 different filters and 15 different valve bodies in addition to 9 different pans.
This variety of pans, filters, valve bodies and applications complicates the design and testing. Information and pictures on vehicle configurations are much appreciated!
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