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how do I change my transmission fluid? I'v looked everywhere and I cant find the place to put the the transmission fluid in.

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There is a how to thread on this. I tried posting the link but its not working.

Some people use the dip stick hole located on the passenger side by the firewall. It has a 10mm bolt you will have to remove to be able to access it. I don't know if the 2nd gens have it but most cars have an input port on the side of the tranny.

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manual or auto. Manuals do not have a dip stick. I have a link to the write up in my blog.

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How-To Change Automatic Transmission Fluid 2005+ Gen 2

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While effective, that's a really messy way to do it. You can simply flush the fluid out by disconnecting the cooler hose at the lower radiator, hooking a 4 foot piece of tubing to the cooler nipple, place the other end in a bucket and then turn the engine on for about 45 secs to 1 minute. Top off the fluid through the dipstick and repeat until you see clean fluid come out of the tubing. Shut er off and reconnect it all up and then top off as needed. about 8-10 qts. (The FSM has this procedure in it -FYI)


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manual or auto. Manuals do not have a dip stick. I have a link to the write up in my blog.
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look at his avatar, its a 1st gen.

i'll find what i wrote about trannys when i get a chance.

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how do I change my transmission fluid? I'v looked everywhere and I cant find the place to put the the transmission fluid in.
a drain and fill is easy. if you look under the tranny, the plug will be obvious. its a 17mm plug if i remember correctly. let it drain, and measure the volume of fluid and replace the same amount.

i would recommend a complete flush, since a simple drain and fill leaves a pretty good amount of fluid in the transmission. just unclip one of the hoses that lead to the cooler in the radiator, start the truck in neutral, and see what line spits. put that line in a bucket, start the truck, and feed the tranny a couple of quarts as it pumps the old fluid out. when you are satisfied, stop the process, reattach the cooler hose, and continue to put in fresh fluid untill the dipstick reads full. i would recommend doing this when the tranny is warmed up, but use caution, because tranny fluid can be very hot. this is how you determine tranny fluid level:

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1. drive the truck for about 15 minutes to reach operating temp
2. park on level ground and set parking brake
3. put the tranny in neutral while truck is running
4. remove dipstick, wipe clean, and put it back in.
5. remove dipstick again, and check level- that is your accurate reading.
6. add fluid while truck is running in neutral untill desired fluid level is reached. unless you are running external coolers other then factory, don't overfill more than one quart.

i'm using redline full synthetic high temp fluid and it has been working great.

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on my truck(standard shift), the fill and drain plugs are located under the vehicle just behind the bellhousing. the fill plug is on driver side. dunno on yours, but on mine it has 1/2 in. ratchet plugs... meaning u stick a 1/2 in ratchet into the plug itself to turn it.
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BE VERY CAREFUL TO USE THE CORRECT FLUID!!! If is a 2005 and up, It takes a special fluid that you can only get from Nissan. If it is an automatic, It takes matic "S" fluid.
If it is a manual, make sure you get the correct weight. Using any other fluid in the automatic trannys will destroy it!
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BE VERY CAREFUL TO USE THE CORRECT FLUID!!! If is a 2005 and up, It takes a special fluid that you can only get from Nissan. If it is an automatic, It takes matic "S" fluid.
If it is a manual, make sure you get the correct weight. Using any other fluid in the automatic trannys will destroy it!
don't post incorrect mumbo-jumbo

My 08' seems to enjoy Mobil 1 synthetic AFT fluid just fine. There are a number of fluids that exceed the standards of the factory Nissan fluid. Mobil 1 & Amsoil are two of them.

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