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Old 06-30-2005, 08:14 PM
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97 altima; AT; ATF fluid filter change

According to the NAPA site, in order to change my ATF fluid filter, I must remove the valve body.

This can't be true, can it? Isn't the filter just bolted to the BOTTOM of the valve body like on every other car I've ever seen? All I need to do to access it is to remove the pan, right?
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IIRC, on Nissan and some other trannies, the filter is basically internal. There is a magnetic pickup that can be cleaned of any metal shavings I believe, but no, you cannot change the filter like on most domestics...

My '93 auto has 203k miles now and the fluid's never been changed. I don't plan on it either. It still shifts great and the fluid is still brand new looking. I must say, someone was a happy worker when they put together my Altima/Stanza (still has the sticker on the trunk)...it was actually built in '92...

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There's no filter. It's a screen and if I recall you would have to remove the valve body to get to it. When I rebuilt my valve body I cleaned mine - but it was pretty clean to begin with.
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negative, you do not have to remove anything other than the pan to get to the filter/wire screen. I just changed mine recently. didnt really need to be replaced but i had to replace the gasket on the pan and since the gasket and filter come as a set, i figured 'what the hell?'
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negative, you do not have to remove anything other than the pan to get to the filter/wire screen. I just changed mine recently. didnt really need to be replaced but i had to replace the gasket on the pan and since the gasket and filter come as a set, i figured 'what the hell?'
It's been a while since I played with that thing. I couldn't remember where in the whole assembly that screen was.
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negative, you do not have to remove anything other than the pan to get to the filter/wire screen. I just changed mine recently. didnt really need to be replaced but i had to replace the gasket on the pan and since the gasket and filter come as a set, i figured 'what the hell?'
100% correct. I recommend buying 12 quarts of ATF mobil 1 drain/refill. drive 100 miles, drain/refill again. then do it two more times within 500 miles. after that is done drain/refill your entire coolant system and you will get better gas mileage.
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one thing that needs to be stressed if you change the filter is not to mix up the bolts that hold it on. theres probably a dozen of them and they are four or five different sizes. what i did was when i took one out, i would slide it through the corresponding bolt hole on the new filter to keep them in the right order. then when i got the old filter off, i moved the bolts from the new filter to the same holes on the old filter. when i had the new one in place i could just take them out of the holes on the old piece one by one to make sure i didnt mix them up.
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