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#1 OFFLINE   Joey

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 07:12 AM

Ok, i am dropping the transmission in my 1990 pathfinder 4x4 and I am getting throught it pretty good so far. I just took the starter off so i can access the torque converter bolts, yet i cannot get to the bolts. I can see them but do not have a clue on how to get a socket or a wrench in there to get them out. Any ideas???

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 07:21 AM

I seem to recall that taking the starter out isn't enough. There's a plate there that, when removed, will allow better access. Disconnect your coil and turn the engine/converter by hand on the crankshaft pully (big socket)

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:05 AM

i think there is a plate on the bottom between the bellhousing and engine. get on your creeper and go look!

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:09 AM

here, this should help.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 04:59 PM

If its the same as an 88, its a pain in the ass unless you have the right tools.

I ended up pulling this plate out because I thought it would give me more access to the bolts. But I don't think it did much.
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What I ended up doing, was using a ratchet with a long extension and then a flex head extension on the end with the socket. The flexing extension allows you to get a socket on the bolts. You might want to try dropping the plate i posted in the picture, but it was a pain to get out, and if you have the flex head, then you shouldn't need to. They're tight as hell too, lock-tited in there.

good luck.

now that I think about it, you might need to pull the bolts holding that plate in there anyways b/c i think they secure the block to the tranny.

Edited by madhatter_xe, 25 January 2008 - 05:06 PM.


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Posted 25 January 2008 - 08:33 PM

ok that helps alot thank you, what size socket should i use?

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 09:33 PM

... wait for it.....

the one that fits.


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had to be done.

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Posted 25 January 2008 - 11:04 PM

14 mm

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 12:32 AM

Yep, you're going to have to remove that plate that Madhatter_xe posted. Only way.

I think i used a 3 or 6" extension to get to the bolt and held the crank down with a cheater bar to torque the tc bolts loose. BTW, I just finished replacing the RMS and oil pan.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 11:28 AM

ok well my plate looks different then that one pictured. It is about half the size, and there is still a big metal gasket that needs to come out, would that be a gasket that went around the whole tranny? or what?

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 03:06 PM

2 bolts and that plate comes out... then use about 24" or so of extensions and have the ratchet hanging out in front of the CL where you got lots of room...

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 05:43 PM

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with lower plate removed and one of the 4 flexplate/tc bolts exposed. Slight difference from what you will see since i'm running a different oil pan and I have a Dana 44 up front....

here's a before picture with the original 4x4 deep sump pan:
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Edited by Cuong Nguyen, 27 January 2008 - 10:34 PM.


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Posted 26 January 2008 - 07:21 PM

oh man there is tons of room there to get at that thing. Good to see Nissan got a clue and changed the size of the access hole for those bolts. :stickwack: Not much room on the early WD21's.

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Posted 26 January 2008 - 07:35 PM

Actually, Nissan didn't change until the gen 2 xterras/frontiers because of a different engine platform. The picture you see is off my 93 Pathfinder. I'm using a 2wd oil pan from a turbo z31 so I don't have that deep offset sump getting in the way. Reason I swapped pan was because my front diff on the Dana 44 was hitting the oil pan under full compression. I'm hoping my engine doesn't starve on deep descends....

enough with the post jack. How is the tranny removal going?




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