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post #1 of 8 Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 02:29 PM Thread Starter
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I own a 2011 Frontier crew cab 4x4 w/96k miles on it and I'm trying to determine whether or not to service my trans for the first time. Last weekend I noticed a little slip so I checked the fluid level and it was a pint low so I added the fluid and seems to be shifting normally again. My check engine light has been on for about month before this and I'm wondering if the two are connected? The light is still on after topping the fluid? I've been reading and getting conflicting info on doing a trans service or not so I'm looking for some guidance from the good folks here.

- leave it alone, "if it ain't broke don't fix it"
- change the pan fluid and filter
- flush the whole trans, replace all the fluid & filter

Thx in advance for any input...


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post #2 of 8 Old Mar 3rd, 2017, 04:19 PM
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The only A/T service that you need to perform is drain and fill. Avoid doing a flush no matter what anybody may suggest. Performing a flush of the A/T and torque converter can cause more harm then good.

The check engine light is telling you that one more fault codes are set in the ECU. These codes can be related to the A/T. You can perform an ECU code readout with a portable scan tool to see what these fault codes are. The tool can be purchased at most auto parts stores. Post the actual codes here on the forum so that we may be able to help you further.

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Thx, what about dropping the pan to replace the filter?
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Last weekend I noticed a little slip so I checked the fluid level and it was a pint low so I added the fluid and seems to be shifting normally again.
When you checked the AT Fluid Level, which method did you use to check the Level?

What did the Fluid look like on the Dip Stick? Did you smell of it on the Dip Stick,, and what did it smell like?

About the Filter,, the only thing that your Truck has is a Filter Screen. Under normal AT Fluid Change, it is not necessary to clean the filter Screen,, unless you have particle's big enough to clog the screen. If that is the case,, then you will probably need more than just a Drain and Fill. In other word's if the Filter is Clogged,, then it is probably clogged with Clutch material. Hopefully that's not the case though.

First thing we need to establish is, which method you used to check the Fluid Level. That is to make sure that the Fluid Level is at the correct Level.

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dip stick while the engine was warm, only way I know to check it?
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dip stick while the engine was warm, only way I know to check it?
There is a procedure to checking the AT Fluid on a Nissan Truck per the Service Manual.

This is how I check mine useing the same method that I used on the '93 Hardbody that I had and also on the '13 Frontier that Replaced the '93.

I drive the Truck at moderate speed(About 55 mph), for about 10 mile's to warm up the Transmission; Park the Truck on a Level Spot; Kill the Engine and take out the Holding Bolt. Crank the Engine back up, and While Parked, move the gear selector though all the gear's and return the shifter to Park; leave the engine running and then check the Dip Stick useing the HOT Range on the Dip Stick. That's how I check the AT Fluid on my '13 SVV6 Frontier, and it's how I checked the AT Fluid on the '93 Hardbody that I drove for 20 year's with no problem with the AT Transmission.

The amount on the Dip Stick between the Low and Full mark in the Hot Range is One Pint.

The Service Manual is a Free Download,, just google Nissan Frontier Service Manual, and you'll find a place to download it.

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I've never gone through that whole procedure just to check the fluid but thanks for the info
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I've never gone through that whole procedure just to check the fluid but thanks for the info
I try to do all of the Maintenance on my Truck that I can. When it come's to these Transmission's, I do it by the Book, which leave's very little to Guess Work, which can be Over Full which can cause the Transmission to Overheat, Or Too Low,, which can lead to Slipping. Either Too Low or Over Full isn't Good for the Transmission, and can lead to Early Failure. Transmission Repair is Expensive,, so I Don't take any unnecessary Chance's, when it come's to Money.

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