Nissan Maxima 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Manual Transaxle Assembly

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



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

  1. Disonnect the negative, then the positive battery cables.
  2.  
  3. Remove the battery and battery bracket.
  4.  
  5. Remove the air cleaner box and mass air flow sensor.
  6.  
  7. Remove the air duct.
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  9. Remove the clutch operating cylinder from the transaxle.
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  11. Remove the starter.
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Fig. Fig. 1: After the air box is removed, access is gained to the clutch operating cylinder and starter

  1. Disconnect the back-up lamp switch harness connector.
  2.  
  3. Remove the crankshaft position sensor.
  4.  

Take care not to damage the sensor tip.

  1. Unplug the speed sensor, position switch and ground harness connectors.
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  3. Remove the shift control rod and support bracket from the transaxle. Refer to the illustrations.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of the 1995-96 manual shifter assembly. Other models similar

  1. Drain and recycle the gear oil from the transaxle.
  2.  

Take note of the condition of the oil as it is draining. Milky oil (which shows up as streaks of white) indicates the presence of moisture. Silvery streaks in the oil indicate the presence of metal. If either condition exists, serious problems may exist inside the transaxle.

  1. Remove the halfshafts, as described later in this section.
  2.  
  3. 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.
  4.  
  5. Using a transmission jack, support the transaxle.
  6.  
  7. Remove the center member, and the left engine mount.
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Fig. Fig. 3: The center member bolts, shift support rod bracket, and shift rod should all be removed



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Fig. Fig. 4: The engine must be safely supported when the transaxle is removed from the vehicle


CAUTION
Be certain the engine is secure before removing the engine/transaxle mounts.

  1. Raise the jacks slightly to access the lower housing bolts.
  2.  
  3. Remove the lower housing bolts and lower the jacks.
  4.  
  5. Remove the upper housing bolts.
  6.  
  7. Pull the transaxle away from the engine and carefully lower it from the vehicle.
  8.  

To install:
  1. Position the transaxle on the engine and install the transaxle-to-engine attaching bolts. Refer to the charts for torque specifications.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Transaxle-to-engine tightening sequence on 1993-94 models



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Fig. Fig. 6: Transaxle-to-engine tightening sequence on 1995-98 models

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

  1. For 1993-1994 vehicles, tighten the bolts as follows:

    1-0.98 in. (25 mm.) bolts tighten to 12-15 ft. lbs. (16-21 Nm.).
     
    2-1.10 in. (28 mm.) bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
     
    3-2.24 in. (57 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
     
    4-2.24 in. (57 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
     
    5-2.52 in. (64 mm.) bolts tighten to 29-36 ft. lbs. (39-49 Nm.).
     
    6-1.18 in. (30 mm.) bolts tighten to 15-20 ft. lbs. (21-27 Nm.).
     
    Gusset-to-engine bolts tighten to 22-30 ft. lbs. (30-40 Nm.).
     

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  1. For 1995-98 vehicles, tighten the bolts as follows:

    1-1.77 in. (52 mm.) bolts tighten to 51-59 ft. lbs. (70-79 Nm.).
     
    2-1.18 in. (65 mm.) bolts tighten to 51-59 ft. lbs. (70-79 Nm.).
     
    3-1.57 in. (124 mm.) bolts tighten to 51-59 ft. lbs. (70-79 Nm.).
     
    4-1.77 in. (40 mm.) bolts tighten to 26-35 ft. lbs. (35-47 Nm.).
     
    5-3.15 in. (40 mm.) bolts tighten to 26-35 ft. lbs. (35-47 Nm.).
     

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  1. The remainder of the installation procedure is the reverse of removal.
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