Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Automatic Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

  1. Disconnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
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  3. Remove the battery and battery bracket.
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  5. Remove the air cleaner box and mass air flow sensor.
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  7. Label and disconnect the transaxle electrical harnesses.
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  9. Remove the crankshaft position (POS) sensor.
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  11. Remove the passenger's side mounting bracket from the vehicle.
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  13. Disconnect the control cable at the transaxle.
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  15. Drain and recycle the transmission fluid.
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Take note of the condition of the fluid as it is draining. Milky fluid (which shows up as streaks of white) indicates the presence of moisture. Silvery streaks in the fluid indicate the presence of metal. If either condition exists, serious problems may exist inside the transaxle.

  1. Remove the halfshafts.
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  3. Disconnect and cap the oil cooler pipes.
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  5. Remove the starter motor.
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  7. Support the engine by placing a jack beneath the oil pan. Use a piece of wood between the jack and oil pan as a cushion.
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  9. Remove the center member.
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  11. Remove the rear plate cover and disconnect the torque converter from the driveplate.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Remove the rear plate cover to access the torque converter bolts



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Fig. Fig. 2: The engine must be supported on a separate jack when removing the transaxle

  1. Remove the transaxle-to-engine bolts.
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  3. Pull the transaxle away from the engine and lower it from the vehicle carefully.
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To install:

Bolts are of varying lengths. Install the bolts in their proper positions.

  1. Make certain the torque converter is fully seated in the transaxle.
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  3. Position the transaxle to the engine and install the transaxle-to-engine attaching bolts.
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  5. For 1993-94 vehicles with RE4F02A transaxles, tighten the bolts as follows:
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1-2.36 in. (60 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 
2-1.77 in. (45 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
 
3-0.98 in. (25 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 
4-0.79 in. (20 mm.) bolts tighten to 4.3-5.8 ft. lbs. (6-8 Nm.).
 
5-1.10 in. (28 mm.) nuts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 



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Fig. Fig. 3: RE4F02A transaxle bolt locations on 1993-94 models

  1. For 1993-94 vehicles with RE4F04V transaxles, tighten the bolts as follows:
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1-2.36 in. (60 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
 
2-2.36 in. (60 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
 
3-0.98 in. (25 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 
4-0.98 in. (25 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 
5-tighten nuts to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 
6-4.53 in. (115 mm.) bolts tighten to 32-43 ft. lbs. (43-58 Nm.).
 
Front gusset-to-engine bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
 



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Fig. Fig. 4: RE4F04V transaxle bolt locations on 1993-94 models

  1. For 1995-97 vehicles, tighten all bolts to 51-59 ft. lbs. (70-79 Nm.). Be sure the bolts are in their proper locations.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Automatic transaxle bolt locations on 1995-97 models

  1. For 1998 vehicles, tighten the bolts as follows:
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1-1.77 in. (45 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
 
2-1.18 in. (30 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-27 ft. lbs. (30-36 Nm.).
 
3-1.57 in. (40 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-27 ft. lbs. (30-36 Nm.).
 
4-1.77 in. (45 mm.) bolts tighten to 54-61 ft. lbs. (74-83 Nm.).
 
5-3.15 in. (80 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-27 ft. lbs. (30-36 Nm.).
 
6-2.56 in. (65 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-27 ft. lbs. (30-36 Nm.).
 



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Fig. Fig. 6: Automatic transaxle bolt locations on 1998 models

  1. After the transaxle is properly secured to the engine, connect the drive plate to the torque converter. Use thread locking compound on the torque converter bolts, and tighten them securely.
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  3. The remainder of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
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