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Old 08-29-2009, 12:40 AM
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Help: Automatic transmission fluid change

I have a 2005 Nissan Altima and I want to change my automatic transmission fluid by myself. I wonder whether we can drop the oil pan and clean it. Because I know the transmission fluid pan of some Japanese cars like Honda cannot be dropped. And anyone can provide me with some tutorial videos or articles with pictures because this is the first time I do this. Thank you very much!
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how many miles since the last fluid change? what are your driving conditions/habits?
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im due up for a change also. it should just unbolt. the filter should come with a gasket. if not just use the appropriate silicon. i dont know what the torque spec is for retightening though.
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im due up for a change also. it should just unbolt. the filter should come with a gasket. if not just use the appropriate silicon. i dont know what the torque spec is for retightening though.

I found a tutorial article with every spec needed. But it doesn't have pics. You can take a look.
How to Change Automatic Transmission Fluid in a Nissan Altima | eHow.com
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as far as I know, the filter is a non-serviceable part. and it should be as simple as a drain and fill about 3 times to get all of the fluid out of the torque converter. it is not recommended to get it flushed, especially if you have never had that service done. I think you will be fine if you follow these steps:

drive car around to get fluid warm/hot
take dipstick out and unbolt tranny drain plug. approx 5 qts should drain out.
refill with same amount of fluid that drained out.
drive car around the block to ensure all gears are engaged.
repeat 2 more times.

this should ensure roughly 80% of the old fluid is replaced with new fluid. and only use the nissan recommended fluid or amsoil atf, any others should be used with caution as our trannies are very sensitive(at least the 5spd is, not sure about the 4at).
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as far as I know, the filter is a non-serviceable part. and it should be as simple as a drain and fill about 3 times to get all of the fluid out of the torque converter. it is not recommended to get it flushed, especially if you have never had that service done. I think you will be fine if you follow these steps:

drive car around to get fluid warm/hot
take dipstick out and unbolt tranny drain plug. approx 5 qts should drain out.
refill with same amount of fluid that drained out.
drive car around the block to ensure all gears are engaged.
repeat 2 more times.

this should ensure roughly 80% of the old fluid is replaced with new fluid. and only use the nissan recommended fluid or amsoil atf, any others should be used with caution as our trannies are very sensitive(at least the 5spd is, not sure about the 4at).
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Can I have some of your thoughts, guys?

I have a 2002 2.5L auto transmission Altima with only 31K miles (I have another car). It's used mostly for my commute (7 miles, half freeway, half city, live on a hill). I'm the original owner. I decided to take it in to the dealer for the 30K service yesterday, and since I change my own oil and do the really simple stuff myself, the guy recommended that I just get the coolant drain/fill and the auto transmission fluid exchange.

Since the transmission fluid has never been changed, he recommended that I get the whole transmisison fluid flushed/exchanged, which was an extra $55. I have never had the transmission serviced in 7 years of a lot of city driving and it was starting to turn a darker red, so I thought it was a good idea. Did I get duped?
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55 bucks isnt bad at all.
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I'd gladly pay $55 to not have to do it myself.
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55 bucks isnt bad at all.
It's $115 for drain and fill, plus an additional $55 for flush. $170 total. I did have a coupon for $30 off $200 (another $110 for coolant service), though.

What I was asking is if you think I needed a transmission fluid flush at this point.
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Even with your low miles a flush might have been beneficial since your normal driving conditions do not allow the trans to completely heat up.
This may lead to some sludge buildup.
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It's $115 for drain and fill, plus an additional $55 for flush. $170 total. I did have a coupon for $30 off $200 (another $110 for coolant service), though.

What I was asking is if you think I needed a transmission fluid flush at this point.
If you don't mind getting under your car, I would recommend doing a drain and fill of the trans and radiator yourself...maybe 2x for both rad and tranny, and if you do every 20-30k you should be more than fine. You will save yourself a good bit of money doing it yourself....
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