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Transmission fluid change intervals

2004 nissan sentra 1.8L. My sister was given the option of just replacing the fluid, or if she wanted to chage out the filter also. Is this filter replaceable? What is the interval for fluid change and filter change. All help will be grreatly appreciated.


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    Thank you for your help. Very informative, I appreciate it.




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Ya but if nissan planted filter's in there tansmission's then they would grow,right?NISSAN does not install filter's in the tran's.It is a permanent screen and luckily for people all I have to do is undo the plug from the pan and drain while hot, screw the screw the plug back in and funnel your new fluid back in to the tran from the dip stick tube(my 04 sentra 1.8s 4speed automatic takes 5 quart's but holds 6-type D nissan fluid from dealer,change about every 15 to 20 thousand miles to keep it clean and thin.Remember trans fluid is petroleum and get's hot burn's and thicken's making restriction's on rotating metal).My car has over 90,000miles and shift's perfect

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We don't change automatic transmission filters on any Nissan, they are not a service item. Changing the fluid or (machine) flushing it is the only needed servicing needed. If they are telling you they are going to change your filter, find a new repair facility. Hope this helps.

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    Your very welcome. Thank you for the rating.

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    Mike Sullivan Feb 20, 2010

    Maybe "Roger The Farmer" should stick to FARMING and let the professionals who do this for a living answer the questions. If you knew anything about NISSAN automatic transmissions (which this post is about), you would know that NISSAN's do not have filters in the transmission that are serviceable without dissassembling the unit. But thanks for the AUTO TRANS 101 course. In vehicles that have a serviceable trans filter it SHOULD be replaced as needed per the recommended service interval. If you originally answered that question for the poster you would have been wrong as the response you gave wasn't pertaining to NISSAN. Thanks for trying though. Maybe you should troll around in the GM forums where your general knowlegde would be more useful.


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Don't listen to SUL 827, he evidently doesn't know much about automatic transmissions and the health of there operation. Automatic Transmission filter replacement is vital to the extended life of your transmission. As clutch plates wear the fluid in your transmission become dirty and abrasive. As you would guess the fluid is filtered to remove these partials. Over time the filter becomes clogged lowering the amount of fluid circulating in your transmission causing heat and undo stress to build. If you replace the filter and fluid at regular intervals you will dramatically extend the life of your transmission. With that said you should also know most automatic transmissions fail due to torque converter failure. As the torque converter ages the fins that build hydrolic pressure stretch and cup, this causes the transmission to move less fluid, build less pressure to hold clutch packs together. Over time slippage occurs causing increased wear until they finally fail. Heat and pressure loss are the leading causes for automatic transmission failures.

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