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#1 (permalink) Old 12-19-2005, 08:31 AM
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Basic Titan auto tranny question...

...cut me some slack here, this is the 1st auto tranny I have owned in 28 years.

In the old days there was a dip stick you could use to check the fluid level. On all my manual tranny cars it is a case of crawling under and sticking your finger in the fill hole. I checked the Titan owner's manual and all I found was 'have your Nissan dealer check the tranny fluid...'

I see under the hood a silver tube that might be the dip stick for the tranny, is it?. The end has a cap that is bolted into place and I figured I would ask here before I took that bolt out and pulled the black plastic cap. Oh, and do I need the truck hot or running or anything special before I check the fluid level?

And yes, I know, I need to spend a day and download the service manual. Maybe I can do it during the week between Christmas and New Year's.

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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Yes, that is the ATF dipstick. The tranny is supposed to be at operating temperature when the fluid is checked. It is a 10 mm bolt, I believe.

Oh, and you are supposed to use lint-free paper to wipe the dipstick.
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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Cool, thanks.

So operating temp, does the truck have to be running?

Any why in the heck would they just not incluse all this info in the owner's manual???


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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Oh, and if I have to add any, where is the filler hole, this same tube?


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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Yes, check w/engine running. Further details:

how do I check transmission fluid level
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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

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Yes, check w/engine running. Further details:

how do I check transmission fluid level
Thanks, I keep forgetting this forum actually has a search engine that works...

I put my latest questions in that thread.


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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

I think the reason there is a bolt on the trans fluid tube is so people don't get it confused with the motor oil dip stick tube because they are kind of close together under the hood. Check it the same as any other automatic trans- level vehicle, warm fluid, transmission in neutral and engine running. This crap about having the dealer check it is rediculous!
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I think the reason there is a bolt on the trans fluid tube is so people don't get it confused with the motor oil dip stick tube because they are kind of close together under the hood. Check it the same as any other automatic trans- level vehicle, warm fluid, transmission in neutral and engine running. This crap about having the dealer check it is rediculous!
I spoke to my friends son. He is a Saturn technician and they do it the same way.
It is a service dept. item to be checked. Look in your owners manual. They don't make any reference to checking it do they?

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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Has anyone used any transmission fluid other then the OEM fluid, and if you have any results. I would like to use some type of synthetic fluid, on the next change.

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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

The Nissan fluid is the only one approved by Nissan at this time. Changing to another fluid will probably void the warranty on the transmission.
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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

I believe that bolt that locks the dipstick in place is marked so that no one tampers with it. Maybe by doing so you may have just given the dealer one more reason to say that they will not warranty your transmission.
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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

Valvoline says its stuff will work. Me, I'm going with Nissan Matic J:

http://www.valvoline.com/products/Maxlife%20ATF.pdf
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I believe that bolt that locks the dipstick in place is marked so that no one tampers with it. Maybe by doing so you may have just given the dealer one more reason to say that they will not warranty your transmission.
....Bolt marked?.....and I thought that I was the only paranoid conspirisy freak......now I'm gonna lose sleep worrying about that darn dip stick tube because I've check the fluid a half dozen times or so.

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Re: Basic Titan auto tranny question...

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Has anyone used any transmission fluid other then the OEM fluid, and if you have any results. I would like to use some type of synthetic fluid, on the next change.

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Yes, as scr38 said DON'T DO IT! It must be the Nissan fluid or your warranty will be voided. I asked about it when I lost all my tranny fluid, the tech said it must be the Nissan fluid..Automati J type, or something like that.
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....Bolt marked?.....and I thought that I was the only paranoid conspirisy freak......now I'm gonna lose sleep worrying about that darn dip stick tube because I've check the fluid a half dozen times or so.
I'm a mechanic for a living and I want to check it so bad, but when I notice that it had a bolt and marked, I know not to touch it. They don't put bolt on the dipstick unless there is a specific reason. First time I seen it on a vehicle.
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