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Transmission pan removal

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?

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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.

Nissan Scope Technician- 10+ years experience in Nissan dealership.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008


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