Toyota Transmission Compensation Code

Craig Mobile Technician Watkinsville, Georgia Posted   Latest  

Hi Everyone,

Many late model Toyota Transmissions have a sticker that contains the Transmission Compensation Code. This Code is suppose to be programmed to the ECM when a replacement Transmission is installed. The problem I have ran into lately is when a used Transmission is installed. The sticker is often times unable to be read, due to being faded, dirty, or painted over. 

Does anyone know if this Compensation Code can be found anywhere else on the Transmission? 

Is it something Toyota could provide, if they were given a Serial Number from the Transmission, like Nissan does on some units?


Craig Mobile Technician
Watkinsville, Georgia
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I have attached a picture of a generic Compensation Code Sticker from Service Information.

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Michael Diagnostician
Parsippany, New Jersey
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Craig, I too have run into this before (unable to read compensation code). the trans will shift without the compensation code input into the PCM or TCM. It will eventually learn proper shift calibration however this may take some time. As far as I know the only place the code appears is on that decal (I am not aware of any other place it lives nor have I been able to find out after some

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Craig Mobile Technician
Watkinsville, Georgia
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Hi Mike, Thanks for the response. I will make sure to pass along the info about performing the proper road test procedures to my Customers. Another question I do have is, what exactly is the Compensation Code in reference to? Many other Manufacturers have information pertaining to Solenoid Flow Characteristics that has to be inputted when a Transmission or Valve Body is replaced. From what

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