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Access to torque converter to drive plate bolts is kicking my but

1993 Nissan pathfinder v6, 4wd. automatic tranny. Trying to gain access to rear main seal. Can't figure out how to access torque converter/drive plate bolts. Manual says to remove access cover but engine oil pan covers front of tranny. Please don't tell me I need to drop oil pan!

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  • macnjoyce Feb 02, 2009

    The torque converter is bolted to the drive plate. The solution offered, i.e., loosen the bolts between the torque converter and drive plate with an open-end wrench doesn't make sense to me. Access to the bolts has to be on the side of the drive plate opposite the side that the torque converter is attached to.

  • macnjoyce Feb 02, 2009

    Maybe I'm not making myself clear or I don't have a clear understanding of the situation. The torque converter is bolted to the drive plate. The manual says to remove the bolts that hold the torque converter to the drive palte in order to remove the tranny. I can't gain access to the bolts. I need a solution from someone who has actually done this job, not someone who is reading a manual. I have a manual and it is wrong.

  • macnjoyce Feb 02, 2009

    I appreciate your help but I'm not ready to accept that the engine oil pan has to be removed to get to the torque converter bolts. I've got someone else telling me that they have to be removed through the starter motor hole which sounds tough to do but a lot easier than removing the engine oil pan.

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To gain access to the bolts... remove the starter

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Service manual is not incorect . it only fails to add te oil pan step before removing the ring gear to converter bolts. unfortunately you have to get the pan out of the way. sorry.

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    mnabi01 Feb 02, 2009

    please let me know if you get access from starter mount. thanks.

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Your only option is to pull the tranny and replace the seal - also check the condition of the end of the crankshaft where the seal rides for excessive gouging or the new seal my not seal without first repairing or replacing the crank, this is rare however and a new seal should do the trick.

I recomend shopping around as the seal only costs about $25 and the major cost is removing the engine or transmission to replace it (wich ever is easier sometimes the motor is, but anyway maybe you can find a local friend or family member who could R&R the transmission or motor for you at a good price id say around 500-800 would be more than fair.

Look around you would be suprised when a shop is slow what kind of deals they will give out just to get some work.

It's not bad job, just time consuming. Need a way to hold tranny up while pulling parts. Have a chilton or haynes manual.

Basically though, you need to remove transmission or be able to move it back far enough... remove flywheel from crankshaft end... unbolt and remove rear main seal retainer... replace seal and gasket... reverse procedure.

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I HAVE THE SAME VEHICLE and UNFORTUNATELY you do have to remove the oil pan.


HERE IS A LINK TO FREE ONLINE REPAIR MANUAL (it is easier to use than the book)

(copy and paste in your address bar)
http://www.autozone.com/addVehicleId,2009501/initialAction,repairGuide/shopping/vehicleSelected.htm

Posted on Feb 01, 2009

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    Nate Stansfield Feb 01, 2009

    YOU CAN EITHER REMOVE THE PAN LIKE I DID, OR REMOVE THE TRANNY.

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You have to unbolt the tranny from the engine. Dislocate tranny and the bolts are held down to the flywheel. You have to use a open end wrench between the torque converter and flywheel.

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