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3.5 manual transmission fluid plug location

Hi all,

I'm at 45k and I think I need to replace the transmission fluid. I've read the forums and planning on going with the redline 60/40 MTL/MT-90 mix. Any idea how much I would need? 2qts?

Can anyone show me where the manual transmission speedometer pinion gear/filler plug is? I'm planning on changing the fluid andI read somewhere it is easier to do once the cold air intake is removed.

I haven't done that yet, but I was wondering where the filler plug is. If someone can take a picture, that'd be helpful. If the drain plug can be shown also, that would be great.

I've tried to use this as reference but it seems different.
Technical Articles: Altima Coupe Redline Manual Trans fluid tutorial


Also, is there a basic gasket and o-ring that I can get from nissan? Or is those sizes specific to the transmission?

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thanks, i have located the speedometer pinion gear, and i think i have the drain plug located. i don't have an inverted hex atm so i stopped there for now.

comparing to the coupe tutorial, it uses a (10mm?) hex bit socket but the drain plug from that car appears on the bottom of the transaxle and faces downward. the one in my car, if what i think is the drain plug, it is facing the side. can anyone confirm or have a picture of an 05-06 altima manual transmission drain plug?

also, what is an easy way to check the fluid level from the pinion gear opening hole? its so deep down in there. do i just drain and put ~2 quarts as mentioned in the recommended fluids?

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I think I used close to four...

there are two plugs on the drivers side behind the wheel and splash panel.. one is drain one is fill.. just get an allen wrench set, one with bigger sizes.. not the little set..

u will know by sticking your finger in the hole, u can usually feel fluid when its full. what I like to do is fill it until it wants to start dripping out then cap it real quick... if the car is jacked up bring it down before u cap it, this will level it out.. u dont have to take off the wheel to do this...
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thanks for the help. i found location and filled about 1.7qts of 50/50 redline mtl/mt-90 mix.

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Would This Be The Same Process For A 2.5 Or Does It Even Matter?
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bump ... i've been reading through these thread because im about to do a manual tranny fluid change. everyone has talked about mixing because there is no 75w85 redline available ... however i found this, will it work?

btw i have 4thgen 3.5 mt doubt it will be much diff though

Amazon.com: Red Line Oil MT-85 75W85 GL-4 Gear Oil- Quart: Automotive Amazon.com: Red Line Oil MT-85 75W85 GL-4 Gear Oil- Quart: Automotive
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I just changed the transmission fluid on my 02 Altima last week with Redline MT-90 that I bought from Amazon.com. I went to Redline's website and found out they do have 75w-85 but I think either one will be just fine.

What is confusing is the service manual says the capacity is 4-7/8 pints, so I put in 5 pints. All in all I put in about 2-3/4 qt. without filling it all the way to the fill hole level.
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For the people that haven't bought fluid, just buy the Redline MT-85 and be done with it.

The fluid capacity is 2.2L.



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