Before putting in the new filter make sure you remove any debris or junk from the housing, animals sometimes make nests in there. Personally, I'd change it anyhow once every 120k - 150k miles. Use a hand drill to loosen the fluid pan retaining screws a little and completely remove the rear ones. Remove the funnel from the dipstick tube and reinsert the dipstick. If you do it on a regular basis, every 15k miles, the fluid isn't all that dirty.
Allow the fluid to drain into the drain pan. These are different lengths, so pay attention to their locations as you remove them. If you are having problems with the transmission in your Altima, such as clunky shifting or hesitation, check the fluid level first - it is amazing how many drivers pay thousands of dollars for transmission work when a half quart of transmission fluid would have fixed the problem. Wrap your hand in a thick shop cloth to prevent being burned by hot transmission fluid and remove the drain plug by hand. Usually if its never been changed, and the fluid isn't black nor burnt, leave it alone. Remove the filler dipstick from beneath the hood and replace it with a funnel.
Did re use the bolts and managed to break on off re installing, but the new gasket is still holding strong and there are no leaks to speak of, even after a 4hr drive home, and 5 days later another 4hr drive back to school. Place your funnel into the fill port's opening. Apply pressure to the drain plug while turning it to prevent fluid from leaking out. It does cause the tranny to fail, and the reason is exactly what I listed. The tranny shifts smoother when I drive nice, but kicks harder when I jump on it.
The transmission has been functioning well and when I check the transmission fluid, there is no signs of debris and it is clear. These tabs are shown in other pictures Once you have managed to lift the lid upwards you will have access to the air filter. Tighten the screws evenly with a torque wrench. If the transmission fluid level on your Altima is low, you need to add fluid through the dipstick tube. I can not let my family drive in the car and am concerned with my own safety. I would like to know what the issue is with the transmission that had only 1500 miles on it to malfunction. Using a torque wrench, tighten the drain plug to 22 to 29 foot pounds.
Or should I replace the filter, which makes me a bit more nervous as I've never done anything like this before. This has gone on for several months. Now that the weather is getting nice i may take Billys fantastic write up and replace the fluid with Amsoil or Mobil 1. I have found that it is best to place the air filter up into the lid before trying to force the tabs into place. It lubricates critical engine components. I am not parking on any kind of incline. I am going to show you how to replace the engine air filter in a 2006 Nissan Altima.
Take the now-full bottles to a used-automotive-fluid recycling plant. Is there a reason you are looking for it? This will increase your costs a bit. I read the book which says to push the shift lock release button which will let me move the gear shift temporarily. Have someone start the car. Without knowing the service history of the vehicle, I would highly recommend changing out the trans filter with a new one and resealing the oil pan. Got a pail from the paint section at the hardware store with the measurement markings on it for draining. I actually wind up changing mine probably more frequently than necessary usually around every 60k miles.
The procedure is the same or similar for many Nissans. Connect the transmission pan back into the same position it was in before you unbolted it. Clean the fluid pan and set it aside to air dry. Only add a small amount at a time, while checking the fluid level. Park the car and turn the engine off. Replace clogged or dirty transmission filter to keep your engine healthy! Inspect the fluid filter or strainer at this time and replace it if necessary. Then again, I might be over analyzing it.
Install a new filter and replace the bolts and nut in their original locations. Turn the drain plug counter-clockwise with your 17mm socket wrench until it releases and fluid begins to pour out into your drip pan. Funny part is my wife had a Saturn when we got married years ago and she never changed the fluid in it and the transmission fell apart at about 120k. This resulted in the service engine light illuminating and the dealer 'getting a part' to fix it. Figured why not, I cant even buy the fluid for that.