How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket

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How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (Empty V)

Postby slickroger » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:03 pm

Nice

Now we need a 4WD Transfer Fluid write up




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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (slickroger)

Postby Pwnin O'Brien » Sun Dec 06, 2009 7:17 pm

Excellent write up and great pictures!
slickroger wrote:Now we need a 4WD write up
Isn't it the same process?

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Postby alexf20c » Mon Dec 07, 2009 5:25 am

yes it's the same process. maybe he meant a 4WD conversion? lol

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (Empty V)

Postby GRNMACHINE » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:13 pm

Fantastic Write Up Empty--great pics!!! Nice Job. Why the 4 Nissan dealers I called didnt offer performing trans fluid changes this way, leads me to believe -- they make more money by flushing.... You did it the Right Way!!

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (slickroger)

Postby e2xx33 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:17 pm

doing the tran
slickroger wrote:Nice

Now we need a 4WD Transfer Fluid write up



Modified by slickroger at 1:58 PM 12/7/2009
doing the transfer case is really simple compared to dropping the AT pan. there is a drain plug on the front of the transfer case. Use a 3/8" ratchet to remove it and let all the fluid drain out. The fill plug is on the rear of the transfer case. Fill it with ATF until it starts to drip out of the fill hole. The process is similar to changing the differential gear oil. Also, be sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface.
Modified by e2xx33 at 4:36 PM 12/7/2009

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (e2xx33)

Postby Empty V » Mon Dec 07, 2009 12:35 pm

e2xx33 wrote:...Also, be sure the vehicle is parked on a level surface.
This reminded me of something I forgot to mention. Using the ramps is great because it helps in draining the ATF which leaves less in the pan for when you drop it.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2WD Auto (Empty V)

Postby longhornsqx4 » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:30 pm

Te fill hole bites my a** to, takes so damn long to pour 8 liters of fluid into that 3/8" hole

And I had to spend an hour finding a funnel that would fit in that stupid thing

How much did the filter and gasket run??

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Postby Empty V » Mon Dec 07, 2009 1:49 pm

longhornsqx4 wrote:Te fill hole bites my a** to, takes so damn long to pour 8 liters of fluid into that 3/8" hole

And I had to spend an hour finding a funnel that would fit in that stupid thing

How much did the filter and gasket run??
I was able to pour about a quart every 10-15 seconds, I picked up a small funnel from home depot that fit right in the tube. Here's where I bought my filter/gasket kit which was only $16.99 + shipping and shipped out the day after Thanksgiving. Transmission Filter/Gasket Kit from StockWiseAuto Their customer service was great and responded within minutes of sending an email.

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Postby GRNMACHINE » Tue Dec 08, 2009 8:34 am

That is a darn good price! They expensive part was the Royal Purple! Heh Heh. Re: xfer case, I agree with e2, yes it is simple! Billy--I had those same ramps sitting around for about 7 years--I couldnt use them with my wide wheels/tires so I set them in front of the house for "goodwill". They were gone in about 30 minutes, now that the stocker wheels/tires on back I realize they would work just fine..... Oh well, I rarely do work on the trucks in the winter. Nice paintjob.

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Postby 01silvapathy » Thu Mar 18, 2010 2:17 pm

Question, I am looking to do this tomorrow on my 01 auto, but its a 4wd, no difference though just a diff gasket. But I was wondering about these steps

Step 12: Start the vehicle, set the parking brake and rev it to a high idle(do not race) for a short timeStep 13: While in park shift through all of the gears and rev around 2000-2500RPM

How do you shift through the gears while in park? lol do you just mean have in up on jack stands and let it run through the gears? I dont have a set of jack stands I was just going to crawl under and do it. Is it alright to just sit in neutral and rev it for awhile and let it roll back and forth in N then drive it? Also I heard that once you get around 100k miles, if u do this new oil has a tendancy to not be able to circulate because the pump is worn out? Is this true, something to worry about? Thanks for the advise!

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Postby Empty V » Thu Mar 18, 2010 3:23 pm

01silvapathy wrote:Question, I am looking to do this tomorrow on my 01 auto, but its a 4wd, no difference though just a diff gasket. But I was wondering about these steps

Step 12: Start the vehicle, set the parking brake and rev it to a high idle(do not race) for a short timeStep 13: With the parking brake applied, shift through all of the gears and rev around 2000-2500RPM

How do you shift through the gears while in park? lol do you just mean have in up on jack stands and let it run through the gears? I dont have a set of jack stands I was just going to crawl under and do it. Is it alright to just sit in neutral and rev it for awhile and let it roll back and forth in N then drive it? Also I heard that once you get around 100k miles, if u do this new oil has a tendancy to not be able to circulate because the pump is worn out? Is this true, something to worry about? Thanks for the advise!
Sorry about that I just fixed it. I can't see how a new filter will restrict the flow of oil. If anything I would think that it would increase the flow rate, but I'm not a professional. I did this to my car @ approximately 200K miles. Right now my trans is being rebuilt but it was for an issue I had before I did this. I was hoping that the fluid change would fix my issue but it didn't. It did help a little though. I'll get into details of the problem when I find out exactly what was wrong with it, I should be getting it back tomorrow.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby ARKQX33V6 » Thu Aug 19, 2010 1:58 pm

Refilling the transmission through the dip stick is tedious for me. So I rig up a suspended 1 gallon container with a clear plastic line from the bottom of the suspended bucket to the dip tube. Pour in the correct quantity of Dexron 111 and while it fills the tranny I start working on other things.

For the transfer case I found a quart sized syringe that allows me to suck up the Dexron 111 and inject it into the fill hole.

Changing coolant every 2 years is a piece of cake, drain the coolant via the lower rad connector and open just 1 vent tube at the high side then premix a 60/40 mix of antifreeze to water and when it is installed it further mixes with the remaining coolant to a 55/45 mix and is good for -50 C. It's the inhibitors more than the low freezing point that I want.

Every 2 years the QX4 gets all new fluids, everywhere, at 13 years old it still runs like new.

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Postby Ammi » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:20 pm

Did it few weeks ago. Follow this guide and you can't screw up

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Towncivilian » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:35 pm

Awesome guide man! I'll be sure to follow it soon!

Unfortunately it seems that your Transmission Filter/Gasket Kit is unavailable on Amazon now, Empty V. Have any other suggestions of where to purchase a kit?

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Ammi » Sun Oct 31, 2010 8:52 pm

I bought mine from AdvanceAuto w/ all the fluids using 40% off coupon

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Postby Empty V » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:50 pm

infiniti_lineup wrote:Empty V,

Thanks for your contribution to NICOclub, it hasn't gone unnoticed! Because of the depth of description, value of information, and overall helpfulness of your post we've decided to convert it into an article on NICOclub.com! You can view it directly by clicking here.

Thanks again!
Sweet! BTW if you check out our "How To:" sticky at the top there's a bunch of other really well done walkthroughs that other members have done.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Empty V » Mon Nov 01, 2010 10:52 pm

Towncivilian wrote:Awesome guide man! I'll be sure to follow it soon!

Unfortunately it seems that your Transmission Filter/Gasket Kit is unavailable on Amazon now, Empty V. Have any other suggestions of where to purchase a kit?
I buy lots of stuff from Parts Geek They have gasket/filter kits for around $22. Everything always arrives fast and they have some of the best pricing.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby PJT » Tue Nov 02, 2010 7:31 am

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As with the others, great write-up. And, I'm going to follow it when I my stuff arrives.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby CanuckQx4 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 1:30 pm

Is the MAX ATF fluid very expensive?? Any gains over conventional over the counter ATF fluid?? If its priced like other RoyalP products... I cant see 8 quarts being under $100

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Postby GoldenR50 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 3:23 pm

CanuckQx4 wrote:Is the MAX ATF fluid very expensive?? Any gains over conventional over the counter ATF fluid?? If its priced like other RoyalP products... I cant see 8 quarts being under $100
yes max ATF is very expensive....roughly $12 a QT. when i change my ATF at 100k KM, i will use canadian tire brand (motomaster) DEXRON III ATF....as the manual says to use Nissan Matic "D" or DEXRON III as the equivalent.... at $4 per QT...it's worth it.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby CanuckQx4 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:21 pm

Ive read that Walmart's Supertech Dexron III ATF is rebadged higher end atf fluid (I forget which brand was mentionned)

Was just curious if the RP was THAT much better

This is the stuff your going to try??
http://www.canadiantire.ca/AST/browse/4 ... RRWidgetID

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Postby GoldenR50 » Tue Nov 02, 2010 4:38 pm

no idea if RP MAX is worth the price but on a personal level, i don't think it's worth it (but that's just me).

i've just done some research on wal-mart supertech D3 ATF...it might be a rebadge of Warren Oil's Coastal DexMerc which is D3 oil. or made by Quaker State. Who knows...it probably varies as Wal-Mart would likely just offer the contract to the lowest priced supplier.

And yes, that's what I will buy...but I suppose I will check out wal-mart to see if their's is any cheaper...the Moto oil was on sale for buy 1 get 1 50% off so we'll see.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Towncivilian » Tue Nov 02, 2010 5:01 pm

Yeah, I really don't feel like spending $13/qt for 7 quarts of Royal Purple ATF @ Advance Auto Parts. Anybody recommend a cheaper alternative? My Pathy stays on the pavement, so probably anything would work I'd imagine... I read through the member recommended fluids/filters thread but the names don't mean much to me. Mobil 1 ATF is $9 a bottle which is still a hefty sum for fluids in my opinion. I could buy two one-gallon jugs of Dexron fluid at AAP; would I notice any difference between a higher priced fluid and this?

I bought the filter/gasket kit Empty V recommended from partsgeek.com tonight, thanks!

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby wilantonio » Sat Nov 20, 2010 11:21 am

Hi Empty V,
Great write up man. I changed the tranny oil, filter, and pan gasket on my 2003 Pathfinder LE yesterday. I followed all your steps and found the finish line without a hitch. This is coming from a person who never attempted an oil change till yesterday aswell.
I'm pretty handy and am not afraid of trying new things. I do a lot of work on my house but never attempted anything on a car. That is until I called my mechanic and told me he would charge me around 600 beans to change the aforementioned items as well as flush my engine. I ended up doing that myself too, with the seafoam write I found here aswell. This is a great resource.
I will try to do my brakes next. I'm sue i can count on you guys for that.
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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby WPGQX4 » Mon Nov 22, 2010 9:56 am

I'm the kind of person that would spend the extra money for the best oil possible for the tranny. Heat build up kills a transmission. So any synthetic oil is going to keep that temp down better than conventional atf. I would spend the extra money for the peace of mind.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Empty V » Mon Nov 22, 2010 1:40 pm

WPGQX4 wrote:I'm the kind of person that would spend the extra money for the best oil possible for the tranny. Heat build up kills a transmission. So any synthetic oil is going to keep that temp down better than conventional atf. I would spend the extra money for the peace of mind.
+1. My theory is if you put in better fluids things will last longer. I'm not a mechanic and probably waste money on fluids that are just as good as the generic wallmart stuff. But for $30 more it's cheap insurance.

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby kkamakasi » Thu Dec 16, 2010 11:04 am

How much ATF fluid should I put in? I know it says to put in as much as it came out but how in the world am I supposed to measure that? I don't want to have to go collecting water bottles...

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby kkamakasi » Sat Dec 18, 2010 9:40 am

bump for answer

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Re: How To: Change Transmission Oil/Filter/Pan Gasket 2001 2

Postby Towncivilian » Thu Dec 30, 2010 10:44 pm

I went to my local Nissan dealership and bought 18 self-sealing pan bolts. Do these look right? I expected them to be longer.

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@kkamakasi: buy one of those clear buckets with measuring markers and put in exactly how much you emptied. Or add 6 (?) quarts and then check the level using the dipstick and add more as required.


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