Maxima 2007

With Automatic Transaxle

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Removal & Installation



  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
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  3. Raise and support the front of the vehicle safely and remove the wheels.
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  5. Remove or disconnect the following:
    WARNING
    Cover axle boots with waste cloth so as not to damage them when removing halfshaft.



    Anti-Lock Brake (ABS) wheel sensor and move it out of the way
     
    Brake hose from the strut
     
    Wheel bearing locknut
     
    Bolts attaching the steering knuckle to the strut. Matchmark the bolts before removal.
     



    Halfshaft from the knuckle by slightly tapping it
     
    Bolts attaching the support bearing to the support bearing bracket
     

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  7. Remove the right halfshaft from the vehicle.
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  9. Insert a flat bladed tool into the transaxle where the right halfshaft was, place the end of the tool on the halfshaft, then, drive the left shaft from the pinion side gear.
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To install:

  1. Install new circlip to the halfshaft, then insert the halfshaft into the transaxle.

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    Fig. Left halfshaft alignment tool-Maxima

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  3. With the serrations aligned, remove the alignment tool.
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  5. Push the halfshaft fully into the transaxle to seat the circlip. Try to pull the halfshaft from the transaxle by hand to verify that the circlip is properly seated.
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  7. Install or connect the following:

    Support bearing and torque the bolts to 10-14 ft. lbs. (13-19 Nm)
     
    Halfshaft into the steering knuckle and install the hub locknut. Do not tighten the hub nut
     
    Steering knuckle to the strut
     
    Strut mounting bolts to the matchmarks and torque the bolts to 103-117 ft. lbs. (140-159 Nm)
     
    Brake hose to the strut
     
    ABS wheel sensor and torque the bolt to 13-17 ft. lbs. (18-24 Nm)
     
    Front wheels and torque hub locknut to 174-231 ft. lbs. (235-314 Nm)
     

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  9. Check and/or adjust the wheel alignment as necessary.
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CVT
  1. Remove the battery, tray, and bracket.
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  3. Remove the air cleaner and air duct assembly.
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  5. Remove the grille top cover.
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  7. Remove the hood ledge and engine cover.
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  9. Disconnect the CVT unit harness connector.
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  11. Disconnect the secondary speed sensor connector.
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  13. Disconnect the ground strap connector.
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  15. Remove the ground cable nut.
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  17. Remove the harness from the transaxle.
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  19. Remove the CVT fluid charging pipe.
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  21. Remove the starter motor from the transaxle.
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  23. Disconnect the control cable from the transaxle.
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  25. Remove the bolt from the rear gusset.
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  27. Drain the CVT fluid.
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  29. Disconnect the CVT fluid cooler hoses from the CVT assembly.
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  31. Install engine slingers to the rear of both cylinder heads and support the engine using suitable engine support.
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  33. Remove the upper transaxle to engine bolts.
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  35. Remove the front exhaust.
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  37. Remove the crankshaft position sensor from the engine.
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  39. Disconnect the drive shafts.
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  41. Remove the front suspension member.
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  43. Support transaxle using a suitable jack.
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  45. Remove the rear cover plate.
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  47. Remove the four drive plate to torque converter nuts.
    NOTE
    Rotate the crankshaft clockwise as viewed from front of engine for access to drive plate to torque converter nuts. Remove the lower engine to transaxle bolts. Lower the transaxle while supporting it with a jack.

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To install:

  1. Installation is in the reverse order of removal, noting the following:
    1. When replacing an engine or transmission, you must make sure any dowels are installed correctly during re-assembly.
      WARNING
      Improper alignment caused by missing dowels may cause vibration, oil leaks or breakage of drive train components.


      WARNING
      Do not reuse O-ring and copper washers.

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    3. When turning crankshaft, turn it clockwise as viewed from the front of the engine.
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    5. When tightening the tightening nuts for the torque converter after installing the crankshaft pulley bolts, be sure to confirm the tightening torque of the crankshaft pulley bolts.
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    7. After converter is installed to drive plate, rotate crankshaft several turns and check to be sure that transaxle rotates freely without binding.
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    9. When installing the drive plate to torque converter nuts, tighten them temporarily. Then tighten the nuts to 39 ft. lbs. (51 Nm).
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    11. After completing installation, check for fluid leakage, fluid level, and the positions of CVT.

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      Fig. Transaxle tightening sequence

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