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Transfer case fluid? Tranny or 75w-90 gear fluid?

My 2001 4x4 SE owners manual is confusing. What type of fluid goes in the transfer case?
Also: How do you lube the propeller shaft? I can't find any grease fittings.
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If you have an SE you better check to make sure you have or don't have an LSD in the Rear differntial. From what I have researched you may or may not have it. SE came standard with LSD in rear on some models at least 2002-2004.

If you have LSD you need LSD additive. If you are not sure you need to get under your rear and look on the pumpkin for an orange sticker. Or for that matter look over the pumpkin 2 or 3 times. My LSD sticker was covered up with undercoating.

Tranny fluid goes in the transmission whatever you do don't put tranny fluid in your transfer case or vise versa.

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Use Max-Gear 75w-90 for front and rear diff
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Max ATF - for automatic tranny.

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Thanks for the info. OK, no tranny fluid in the transfer case. What weight of fluid do you use in your transfer case? I believe my truck has the Limited slip differential and I am planning on using Mobil 1 75W-90 syn gear oil this weekend in the front and rear differentials.
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Tranny fluid goes in the transmission whatever you do don't put tranny fluid in your transfer case or vise versa.
No offense to Joe but had he looked in his own owner's manual he would have seen that Nissan fills the transfer case with whatever is in the transmission. Thus, you can most certainly fill it with ATF if that is your preference. It is simply for ease of filling and to keep things the same. 75W-90 is fine, synthetic, normal, etc.

ALL SE-V6 trucks in 2001 had the limited slip as standard equipment. Prior to that it was a stand-alone option that was required to add other option packages. There is an orange sticker on the axle housing. That means either running sythetic or a dino-oil with the LSD additive.

The only factory grease fitting is on the front driveshaft near the splined section of the slip joint. It is not a standard nipple fitting, you will need a needle fitting to insert grease into it (after a cleaning, of course, since they collect grime).


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My plan of attack....

Many thanks for this info. I am planning to get under my Frontier this weekend and change all the fluids.
So right now the plan is:
1. Mobil 1 75W-90 in the front and rear (LSD) differentials - no additives needed. (Wow, $11 bucks a quart at AdvanceAuto! Ouch)
2. Drain and fill the ATF transmission fluid in the transfer case - no additive needed
3. Lube the front propeller shaft near the splines with a needle fitting on my grease gun. (Mobil 1 syn grease)

I have a large 1/2 socket wrench and I understand the 1/2 fitting should work in the differential plugs. I just bought this truck and have no idea what it's history is, so I feel better changing these fluids.
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No offense to Joe but had he looked in his own owner's manual he would have seen that Nissan fills the transfer case with whatever is in the transmission. Thus, you can most certainly fill it with ATF if that is your preference. It is simply for ease of filling and to keep things the same. 75W-90 is fine, synthetic, normal, etc.
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Thanks for the info I have never been able to find my find the grease spot on the the shaft anyone have a picture? I've heard before that the grease spot is not there on some. Is that true?

Yeah syn gear oil is going to set you back some $$$. I think my rear diff had around 3 bottles that were needed. And the front I thought was around 2.5 bottles.

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If you have an auto tranny, put ATF fluid in your transfer case.... If you have a manual, put the same gear fluid in your transfer case.

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Your post was a little misleading, you only have a rear LSD. Wasnt sure if you knew that. NO Frontier has a LSD stock from Nissan. Didnt want you to put the LSD addative in the front.
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None taken!

Thanks for the info I have never been able to find my find the grease spot on the the shaft anyone have a picture? I've heard before that the grease spot is not there on some. Is that true?

Yeah syn gear oil is going to set you back some $$$. I think my rear diff had around 3 bottles that were needed. And the front I thought was around 2.5 bottles.
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Thanks for the link to the pictures of the front prop shaft lube spot OnlyOneDR.
I will look under my Frontier and see if there is a bolt. Right now I don't remember seeing one but hopefully it's the same as the Xterra. I like the idea of installing a zerk fitting into the threads of the bolt hole. Very smart...

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