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Manual transmission fluid change

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Is there a write up on how to change the manual transmission fluid? Also, does the 2.4L engine have a timing chain? I guess there is no maintenance to be done. I'm trying to figure out what maintenance needs to be performed on a 2002 with 155k miles. I'm going to replace the fluids (oil, transmission, etc.). I'm also going to replace the plugs and all 4 brakes. Is there anything else I should look into?
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2002 Frontier KC 2.4L

Is there a write up on how to change the manual transmission fluid? Also, does the 2.4L engine have a timing chain? I guess there is no maintenance to be done. I'm trying to figure out what maintenance needs to be performed on a 2002 with 155k miles. I'm going to replace the fluids (oil, transmission, etc.). I'm also going to replace the plugs and all 4 brakes. Is there anything else I should look into?
hmmm... does the maintenance scheduler go up to 150k miles? i know on the higher mileage they make sure to test everything.



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The Manual tranny is very easy to service.
Drain the fluid, and refill in the top plug on the side of the trans until it pours back out.

I highly reccomend Amsoil Manual trans gear oil 75w90 GL4.
Works great in my 04.
The engine does use a timing chain ,and it is a mantinence free design.

If you dont use Amsoil make sure you use only a GL4 75w90 or Nissans own 75W85 fluid.
Do not use anything labled GL5.

I would also service the rear diff which only requires a basic 80w90 GL5 gear lube. If you service the rear diff use a thread sealent on the drain and fill plug.
I didnt the first time I serviced mine ,and it had light seepage.



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The Manual tranny is very easy to service.
Drain the fluid, and refill in the top plug on the side of the trans until it pours back out.

I highly reccomend Amsoil Manual trans gear oil 75w90 GL4.
Works great in my 04.
The engine does use a timing chain ,and it is a mantinence free design.

If you dont use Amsoil make sure you use only a GL4 75w90 or Nissans own 75W85 fluid.
Do not use anything labled GL5.

I would also service the rear diff which only requires a basic 80w90 GL5 gear lube. If you service the rear diff use a thread sealent on the drain and fill plug.
I didnt the first time I serviced mine ,and it had light seepage.

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What type of thread sealant should I use? Also, should a thread sealant be used on the transmission fill and drain plugs?
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Something like this from any auto parts store will be fine.
I normally go with the liquid tube version, but this should work the same.

Probably not neccessary ,but I put it on the fill ,and drain plugs.
It dosent make it any harder to remove the plugs for future mantinence.



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I've been using Amsoil in mine... LINK

The only thing I would add: remove (or at least loosen) the FILL plugs before you remove the DRAIN plugs.

Take a look and see if the PCV filter (inside the air cleaner housing) needs to be changed. I might change the plug wires, cap, & rotor too.


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I'll use thread sealant. I'll also try to replace the PCV valve and fuel filter. What about brake fluid? Should I flush the brake system?

I have one last question about the transmission fluid. Were you guys able to fill the transmission and differential with just the squeeze bottle type fitting the transmission fluid comes in, or should I purchase a pump? Is there a place that sells a hand pump that screws onto the bottle? It would have to be local because I'm doing this tomorrow (Pep boys, Advanced, autozone).
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The pump I use is avalible at advance.
Its designed for a gallon jug ,but I use it on the Amsoil qts.

I just hold the bottle with one hand while the tube sits in there ,and pump with the other.

It will be difficult to fill the trans sqeezing the bottle.
The diff should be no problem.
What fluid are you going with for the trans?

If its not Nissan fluid or Amsoil, Redline MT90 would be my other choice.I really dont think any fluid avalible at Pepboys, Autozone, or Advance is a decent choice.



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I'll use thread sealant. I'll also try to replace the PCV valve and fuel filter. What about brake fluid? Should I flush the brake system?

I have one last question about the transmission fluid. Were you guys able to fill the transmission and differential with just the squeeze bottle type fitting the transmission fluid comes in, or should I purchase a pump? Is there a place that sells a hand pump that screws onto the bottle? It would have to be local because I'm doing this tomorrow (Pep boys, Advanced, autozone).

Yes, I bought the pump (just a few $$ if I remember) too. I tried the trans without one and after battling that for a while, I bought the pump and had it done in a couple of minutes.

I don't believe the PCV valve is listed in the maintenance schedule. The PCV filter is just a small white (at least when it starts) filter (roughly 1"x2"x2"). There should be a tube coming from the valve to the air cleaner box. Where that tube meets the box, the filter sits (on the inside of the box). I plan on changing that fairly often since the PCV is supposed to be a major PITB to get to.

A brake fluid change is a good idea too as brake fluid absorbs water over time and that can corrode the sytem from the inside out.

I don't think you mentioned it, but you're doing the coolant too, right?


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What about Royal Purple? I think they sell that at Pep Boys. I might just buy Nissan MTF, if I can't find anything locally.

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