transmission pan bolt Torque? - Nissan Forum

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 9 Old Aug 14th, 2008, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
NissanForums Newbie
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Post transmission pan bolt Torque?

Hi all

Can anyone tell me what the torque spec's are for the transmission pan bolts(automatic) on a 2003 pathfinder ? Servicing the tranny soon and don't what to strip any bolts. Any tricks to changing out the filter screen?

Much Thanks


jplomeo is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 9 Old Aug 14th, 2008, 09:31 PM
Sup Mod keeping the peace
rogoman's Avatar
Joined: Dec 2004
Location: NJ (Philadelphia area)
Posts: 5,097
It's probably around 5 - 8 nm (3 - 5 ftlbs).

KA-T for life, yo!
rogoman is offline  
post #3 of 9 Old Aug 15th, 2008, 05:57 PM Thread Starter
NissanForums Newbie
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
Thank you Roboman!!!

jplomeo is offline  
post #4 of 9 Old Aug 18th, 2008, 06:14 PM
Nissan Enthusiast
Joined: Dec 2004
Posts: 49
Have you done this yet? I'm thinking of doing the same thing to my 03. If so how many quarts of oil did it take? What type of fasteners hold the filter.

When I did this to my Jeep Cherokee a few years back the filter was held by a torx screw. I found this out after I dropped the pan. I was lucky I had one on my tool box that was the correct size. I used to have two vehicles now only one and want to have the correct tools before proceding.
carman3 is offline  
post #5 of 9 Old Aug 18th, 2008, 11:32 PM
Nissan Enthusiast
MattyDK23's Avatar
Joined: Nov 2007
Location: Edmonton, AB
Posts: 184
The service manual for the '03 says the torque on the tranny fluid plug should be 22 - 29 ft-lbs... identical to the oil pan plug.

Just tighten as much as you do when you change the oil and you'll be fine.

Edit: Whoops, read your post wrong. The pan bolts should just be hand-tightened with a socket on a screwdriver handle. The engine oil pan bolts are spec'ed at 6-7 ft-lbs of torque, the tranny pan should be similar.

Edit 2: When I changed my fluid and filter, the replacement gasket I got didn't fit the pan. The old one was in good condition, though, so I just cleaned it off and used it again. Don't be quick to throw yours out if this happens to you too.

Last edited by MattyDK23; Aug 18th, 2008 at 11:48 PM.
MattyDK23 is offline  
post #6 of 9 Old Aug 19th, 2008, 11:18 AM Thread Starter
NissanForums Newbie
Joined: Aug 2008
Posts: 3
No Carman

I decided to hold off for now. Manual does not really call for it at only 50K, so I just changed out the AT fluid and see it that corrects the hard shifting.

jplomeo is offline  
post #7 of 9 Old Jun 13th, 2015, 10:52 PM
NissanForums Newbie
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 2
Hi, I've got a major problem, a Buddy changed my; 02 Sentra's auto transmission; fluid, filter, pan gasket. As it ran well and I only wanted to do a service on it, as it ran well. The pan is leaking and I feel that He did not torque the pan bolts. WHAT IS THE AMOUNT OF POUNDS WHICH I SHOULD USE TO CORRECT THIS PROBLEM ! Thanks
JHMaricopa is offline  
post #8 of 9 Old Jun 14th, 2015, 12:05 AM
NissanForums Newbie
Joined: Jun 2015
Posts: 2
Hi again, HELP, I've got a 02 Sentra's auto trasmission pan leaking post a fluid, filter and gasket change. The Buddy of mine did not correctly torque the bolts. Would anyone know the amount of pounds, so I can correct it before it totally leaks out and I burn it up
JHMaricopa is offline  
post #9 of 9 Old Jun 14th, 2015, 02:05 AM
NF Mod/Nissan Master Tech
smj999smj's Avatar
Joined: Jan 2006
Location: Prospect, VA
Posts: 8,239
I pretty certain it's 72 inch pounds; some aftermarket gaskets might recommend 100-120 inch pounds. I would recommend using a genuine Nissan trans pan gasket. Also, Nissan recommends replacing all of the pan bolts as they have a sealant applied to them. These bolts can be purchased from Nissan; sometimes they are sold individually and sometimes they are sold in a bag under one part number. Re-using the bolts without sealant on them can also cause leaks. Nissan transmissions typically don't have the screen (aka "filter") serviced. If there's enough debris to clog the filter, then it doesn't need a service, it needs an overhaul. Also, be careful of what transmission fluid you use. If it came with Nissan-Matic Type "D" ATF, do NOT use Dexron III, as it's thicker viscosity can make the valves stick in the valve body. Stick with either Type "D" or a transmission fluid recommended for Dexron/Dexron II applications, which most synthetics do. Some good aftermarket options are Valvoline Maxlife ATF and Castrol Transmax J Multi-import ATF.
smj999smj is offline  

  Nissan Forum > Truck & SUV > Pathfinder
Gear in this thread

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Nissan Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome