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Need to know what type of transmission fluid 1996 Nissan Maxima

Haven't been able to find this info online. Where do I find this info. Someone is giving a case away and I need to have mine flushed but I don't know how to tell if it is the right kind.

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  • tgrd Nov 24, 2008

    Thanks both of you.

    I bought the vehicle used and there is no warranty. It is 12 years old and has around 300k miles. Why do I have to go to the dealer? I don't like dealers. I don't care about the warranty. I wonder if they say you have to use their fluid just so you have to buy it from them. Grrr.

  • tgrd Nov 24, 2008

    Thank you E-wiz for your assistance. I am glad that you freely help others and take pride in your work. I wish all dealers did technicians did the same.

    I'll have decided to tell my shop to buy that kind or just buy it and bring it to to them



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Look at the dip stick for the transmission and it is written on it for the type of fluid to use

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Nissan J-Matic -- Special formula for Nissan transmissions
This is the only fluid recommended for your Nissan, dealer only, any other fluid will cause trans problems and void any warranty u may have

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    yadayada Nov 24, 2008

    The dealer is the only one that sells this type of fluid, any other fluid may damage the transmission.

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    yadayada Nov 24, 2008

    I don't build them just try to help people like you on my own time for free. I am a dealer technician and take great pride in my shop and my work, outside shops can cause more damage then good because they just don't have the right equip to work on modern cars.

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    yadayada Nov 24, 2008

    I am going to do more research and see if anyone can cross this Nissan only fluid to a domestic brand that is much cheaper. I will let U know by tomorrow.

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    yadayada Nov 24, 2008

    I called a tech line on the trans fluid, it seems that the Nissan J-matic is the same as the latest Dexron fluid used in all GM cars and trucks.



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