Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle



See Figure 1

For manual transaxles be sure to use fluid with an API GL4 rating.

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Fig. Fig. 1: Select the appropriate gear oil for the ambient temperature


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Fig. Fig. 2: When the filler plug is removed, a small amount of oil should run out; this indicates a correct fluid level

You should inspect the manual transaxle gear oil at 12 months or 15,000 miles, at this point you should correct the level or replace the oil as necessary. The lubricant level should be even with the bottom of the filler hole. Push in on the filler plug when unscrewing it. When you are sure all of the threads of the plug are free of the transaxle case, move the plug away from the case slightly. If lubricant begins to flow out of the transaxle, then you know it is full. If not, add the correct gear oil as necessary


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Fig. Fig. 3: The gear oil will drain better if the filler plug is removed first

It is recommended that the manual transmission fluid be changed every 30,000 miles if the vehicle is used in severe service. You may also want to change it if you have bought your vehicle used or if it has been driven in water deep enough to reach the transaxle case.

  1. Run the engine until it reaches normal operating temperature then turn key to the off position.
  3. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
  5. Remove the filler plug from the left side of the transaxle to provide a vent.
  7. The drain plug is located on the bottom of the transaxle case. Place a pan under the drain plug and remove it.

The oil will be HOT. Push up against the threads as you unscrew the plug to prevent leakage.

  1. Allow the oil to drain completely. Clean off the plug and replace it; do not overtighten the plug.
  3. Fill the transaxle with gear oil through the filler plug hole. Use API service GL4 gear oil of the proper viscosity. This oil usually comes in a squeeze bottle with a long nozzle. If yours isn't, use a plastic squeeze bottle (the type used in the kitchen). Refer to the Capacities chart for the amount of oil needed.
  5. The oil level should come up to the edge of the filler hole. You can stick your finger in to verify this. Watch out for sharp threads.
  7. Replace the filler plug. Lower the vehicle, dispose of the old oil in the same manner as old engine oil.
  9. Test drive the vehicle, stop and check for leaks.