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Transmission drain and fill???

Can anyone talk me through the process of draining and filling the transmission fluid on my 2005 titan. Where is the fill/drail located? How much Nissan Tranny fluid do I need to buy? I known I am asking alot, but you guys know a hell of a lot more than I do.
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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

I'd be interested in some information about this too. I took my titan into the dealer yesterday for a leaking axle seal and they want $250 to service the trans and 150 to service the 4x4. Seems like a flush and fill is something i could easily do myself. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks!
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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

I saw a Nissan bulletin that said not to flush the Titan tranny. All I want to do is a drain and fill.
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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

Always drain and fill never flush!!!

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

There are two ways to do this. Spill & Fill, and "Poor Mans Flush".

Pressure flushes are bad. this is a safe way to flush.

SPILL & FILL

1. Get drain pan and put it under transmission drain plug.
2. Remove plug and drain tranny fluid.
3.Replace plug after fluid stops draining.
4. add as much fluid as you pulled out. (5-6qts of type J or S)
5. Check fluid level on dipstick and add as needed.

"POOR MANS FLUSH"
This will replace all of the fluid in the tranny.
1. Unhook tranny fluid cooler pressure line and put it into an empty gallon jug. (you might want to add about 2' of fuel tubing to this line so you can see it from the drivers door.)
2. Add 3' of fuel tubing to the nipple that the pressure lint came off of. (this will keep the line from dripping on the floor and also a backup incase you put the wrong one in the gallon jug.)
3.drain the fluid from the bottom of the tranny just like the spill & fill and replace the fluid with clean.
4.start the truck and let the gallon jug fill up, then shut off the truck.
measure the fluid in the jug and replace with the same amount of fresh fluid thru the filler tube.
5. empty the gallon jug.
6. repeat step 4. until clean fluid is seen in the gallon jug.
7. Put the lines back on the cooler.

Notes.
1. this will replace all of the fluid with fresh if you use 12-14 qts.
2. I used a gallon jug because 1 gallon = (Yup) 4 qts. easy math.
3. the fluid gets pumped out pretty quick. 3-5 seconds to fill a gallon jug.
4. no backpressure is generated so it is a good flush technique.
5. you can go to a better fluid (royal purple or amsoil) and get the clean fluid in.


Its not as hard as it sounds.

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

Real good info nightstalker! This should be a "sticky"

I did this swap yesturday & it was fairly easy. Had a 50/50 chance of picking the pressure line & I picked the wrong one at 1st. On my 06 it was the line going to the bottom of the cooler, on the drivers side of the truck.
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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

Thanks for the great post on flushing the transmission, if I have already replaced my fluid with (amsoil) at say around 40k. Would it be recommended to do a spill and fill or a flush the next time I am due (100k?).

More importantly, I had a pressure flush done to replace all my fluid at 40k, 72k on it now. Am I going to have problems now because I had the fluid flushed? I watched the service guy do it, clean Amsoil went in, black dirty oil came out. He ran it until the oil coming out was clear. Just wondering why it is so bad to have a flush done?

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

personally, I wouldn't change any fluid again until about 75000 on the amsoil you have in there. that would be 112000 on your odometer. when I change the fluid in mine next, I will go back with 12 more qts of royal purple again using the PMF methon. I am of the opinion that you should change it all at the same time.

if you already have 30000 miles on the flush, I think you are prob ok with the problems that could happen with the pressure flush.

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

Could somebody possibly post a quick pic of which press. line needs to be removed to do this? Also, do you unhook the line from the tranny end or the cooler end?

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

Also interested in a pic of which line it is.


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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

I can't get pics right now but of you remove both lines from the "cooler" on the bottom of your tranny, those are the ones you use. IIRC the one on the drivers side is pressure. I could be wrong, thats why i say to extend both lines with fuel line so you can put both into the 1 gallon jug.

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Why would both be removed? How will the fluid get out of the Tranny then or back into it?
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Why would both be removed? How will the fluid get out of the Tranny then or back into it?
My exact same thoughts after reading that.

BTW, I did come across this diagram: http://www.titantalk.com/forums/atta...-picture-1.jpg

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

I just completed my third drain and fill of the pan and was curious about the percentage of old fluid was still remaining. There's probably a calculator somewhere that would show this more accurately but here are the rough numbers I came up with.

I've rounded the total capacity to 12 qt. and the pan to 4 qt. (the last couple of times I got out an extra cup or so, and added the same extra amount back in), but I've basically drained 1/3 of the total capacity each time, and wanted to do this over a period of 6 months or so, before the new stuff becomes old.
  • 1st change: drained 4 qt old; added 4 qt new.
    Titan now has 67% old and 33% new, (4 qt of 12 are new).
  • 2nd change: drained 4 qt (2.68 qt old, 1.32 qt newish); added 4 qt new.
    Titan now has 44% old and 56% new, (6.68 qt of 12 are new).
  • 3rd change: drained 4 qt (1.76 qt old, 2.24 qt newish); added 4 qt new.
    Titan now has 30% old and 70% new, (8.44 qt of 12 are new).
  • 4th change: drained 4 qt (1.2 qt old, 2.8 qt newish); added 4 qt new.
    Titan would have 20% old and 80% new, (9.64 qt of 12 are new).
  • 5th change: drained 4 qt (0.8 qt old, 3.2 qt newish); added 4 qt new.
    Titan has 13% old and 87% newish, (10.44 qt of 12 are new,). edit planned for this weekend, if I have empty milk jugs ... Done Dec. '10
From here on out, 4 quarts every other motor oil change, and won't worry about the percentages.

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Re: Transmission drain and fill???

you know Nor cal thats not a bad idea. I was thinking about doing that my self. Every time I drain the engine oil. Change the tranny pan. I figure it will not get everything out, but three or four times is a good idea. Plus the manual says flushing the lines only changes aout 30 to 50 percent of the oil. So it shoud be good. Plus most oils say they are compatiable so it should work together and be ok to mix.

Boy that was alot of math you do that in your head??

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