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#8316 of 8984 Manual 5 speed transaxle oil change on 98 Maxima SE
Jul 29, 2004 (9:02 pm)
Now that the argument about car rental agenies is settled, I will follow up on message # 8312. Nobody responded to my question, so I went to the local Nissan dealership and they asked their technician where the drain plug is and he did not know. Apparently, he does not own or read a shop manual for this car. There is a drain plug about 6 inches forward from the shift linkage entering the transaxle. The drain plug is a 12 mm heax head small bolt. The filler plug is a typical Nissan pipe plug type with an internal 13 mm square opening (no, it is not a 1/2 inch, although that is what they use at Nissan dealerships. Nissan does not use SAE sizes. 1/2 inch is exactly 12.7 mm, so this will work, but 13 mm is a better and more exact fit. I happened to find a special tool for these plugs after month of searching. Nissan supposedly does not sell any.)
Anyway, I refilled the transaxle with MT-90 Redline synthetic GL-4 oil. Nissan specifies GL-4 oil in manual tranxles, so do not use GL-5 oil! GL-5 oils have suphur additives needed for extreme pressure conditions and are characterized by pungent odor. You can damage the brass transmission synchronizers if you use GL-5 oil. 98 Maxima 5 speed transaxle takes about 4.8 quarts of oil to refill. Interestingly enough, the 2002-on 6 speed manual transaxle oil capacity is supposedly only 2.8 quarts, so almost half of the 5 speed transaxle capacity! What is wrong with this picture? The less oil, the better the transmission? Especially one rated for more horsepower and torque? Somehow I have a feeling that the 5 speed version will last longer. Just how much money did Nissan save by making the oil capacity less on the new transaxles? I wonder if they pulled the same stunt with the auto transaxles too.
#8317 of 8984 A little more power for $120
Aug 14, 2004 (10:58 am)
I just put the AirHog filter in and installed the Tornado Fuel Saver and what a difference.
My 2004 Maxima is faster than ever. I hit 110 mph
on the on-ramp the other day, ma previous record on the same ramp was 95 mph. So I know this works. The car sounds a lot better as well. All this only cost me $120 and took 15 min. to install. The next step is the INJEN cold air intake. Have fun.
#8319 of 8984 RE: A littlemore power for $ 120
Aug 14, 2004 (3:59 pm)
And the next step will be a $ 250 speeding ticket and mandatory appearance before a judge, if you are lucky that is. In some states exceeding 100 MPH is considered a felony and you can end up in jail. So you better check into that before you break anymore speed records on a public roadway.
Some time ago there was a story in the news about a guy who got caught doing 145 MPH on his motorcycle in a 45 MPH zone. He was arrested, fined $ 10,000, his license was suspended for a considerable period, and I am sure that his insurance premium went up considerably.
#8320 of 8984 winter tires
Aug 14, 2004 (7:20 pm)
The OEM all season Bridgestone Turanza EL 42 tires (17 inch) on my 03 Max GLE is not very good for the snow and I am thinking of getting winter tires. I visited Tirerack but there are "no tires" that would provide a perfect match. So, I called Tirerack and they recommended Dunlop Glaspic SP2. However, I can't even find that tire on Tirerack's website (they only list SP1). Does anyone have any experience with that tire? Are there better all season tires out there other than the Bridgestone that would fit the Max?
#8321 of 8984 emissions warranty
Aug 14, 2004 (7:35 pm)
Is it not true that Nissan provides an 8 years or 80k miles warranty for electronic emissions part? Is that warranty period nationwide or is it state specific?
#8322 of 8984 RE: A littlemore power for $ 120 [p100]
Aug 16, 2004 (3:56 am)
Thanks for the warning, don't get so worked up about this, at least you know what your car can do now. I don't do this very often, and not when there are other cars around.
If you think I drive unsafely, check out GA, and FL drivers during rain: These idiots fly on I-95 at 75 mph in a rainstorm, the result is: 8 car pileup. I have witnessed myself last Sunday. A lot has to do with people not understanding the basic laws of physics => wet surface = no traction and long braking distances. As a result 8+ people were injured and 8 cars were totaled.
I feel their pain but at the same time, they had it coming.
As for your concern about my driving, don't worry; be happy, life's too short to get worked up because of this.
#8323 of 8984 Smelly Exhaust at Start-up
Aug 19, 2004 (2:20 pm)
'02 MAX with 3.5. I've seen references to smelly exhaust at start-up in this forum, but no one seemed to know what was going on or what was cuasing it. Has anyone discovered the cure?
#8324 of 8984 air hog + tornado= waste of money
Aug 23, 2004 (2:00 am)
Going to have to call bs on the two aforementioned performance mods, as the only real benefit in acceleration you will see would be attributable to your carrying a lighter wallet. For your maxima to have improved form a quarter mile time of 95 mph to 110 mph would be equivalent to a gain of approximately 100 hp. Unless you bolted on a 100 shot of nitrous in series to that air hog and tornado, along with racing slicks, I'm most certain that you didn't pick up that type of power.
#8325 of 8984 buying a 96 Maxima SE
Aug 23, 2004 (4:08 pm)
Does anyone know what the maintenance schedule is for the timing belt/chain? is. The car has 67000 miles and I'm wondering how soon it will need maintenance.