Question about 1995 Nissan Pickup
My son is having problems changing his transmission pan gasket. He says the exhaust is in the way and can't get to the bolts to remove the exhaust. Any suggestions?
There is a cross-over or "y" pipe that is under the rear edge of the pan. The nuts that bolt this exhaust pipe to the front pipes are usually very very rusty when I see them. I usually wind up using an oxy-acetalene torch to heat the nuts red hot and then a pair of pliers or vise grips to turn the nuts off of the studs. You will want to replace these nuts when you go back together. I would also recommend putting anti-seize on the studs prior to installation of the nuts to make it easier to take apart next time should you need to. The thread of the studs is 10MM X 1.25.
Hope this is helpful.
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Posted on Nov 04, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Tips for a great answer:
Place an oil drain container under the oil pan. Loosen the drain fitting with a wrench until oil drains from the pan. When oil is done draining, tighten the drain fitting.
Place an jack under the transmission to support it. Remove the pressure on the transmission crossmember.
Place the new gasket on the pan and push the new oil pan into place. Finger tighten the oil pan mounting bolts to hold it in place. Tighten the bolts with a torque wrench to 18 ft-lbs. DO NOT OVER TIGHTEN THE BOLTS! Doing so will cause the gasket to deform and create leaks!
Attach the oxygen sensor socket to the exhaust pipe with a wrench.
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