old tech wrote:Castrol is a good replacement fluid but it is red in color. I never use it for the simple reason as it can be mistaken for other types and I never wanted to be wrongly accused of someones trans failing . I use Gulf brand. On the filter in the pan, if replacing it, always make sure it looks identical in depth. If you are getting one from the parts store, Ill bet its the shallow one for the 2010 and 11. Originals are metal high quality screens and I use brake clean and compressed air to clean and reuse . If you feel you need to change it, a 2012 Altima pick up screen will work just fine. When removing the pan , do this gently so you can check the contents in the pan. Chrome peelings at the rear of the pan is what you hope not to see. If in question, post a pic here. However, the trans can be saved at that point cheaply. If a Kizashi club member brought just the trans unit to me at this point, I would convert primary to long pin for only $150. Its running it till it has symptoms or stops that is much more costly. You can find a picture in my past posts. The grey silt on magnets is normal wear. Pan gasket is very reuseable too. Some aftermarket ones are poor quality. Watch not to over tighten pan bolts, they will pull threads pretty easily. A longer bolt fixes this the first time.The JF011E except for this one trouble spot, is a very durable unit if kept clean. Keep this car cared for and you will be happy. It seems the sport versions with side sails and tail are on their way back up in value.
Thanks for the tips!
I got the Castrol TransMax CVT.. apparently black in color!?
I didn't order an internal filter/screen..yet. wasn't sure what to get. I ordered a paper cartridge filter for the cooler?
From what I've seen, I'll need to unbolt / remove the air box to get at this underneath..?
I wish I would have done more research before deciding to buy this car. I do love it, but I'm walking on glass..kinda expecting the trans to fail on me. That's just me. While I do have experience servicing my own cars, I don't have the experience to pull this transmission and replace shafts etc.
I'm hoping a solid maintenance routine will prolong its life. I certainly don't have several thousand dollars to throw at replacing this Jatco trans.
Here's the filter cartridge, pan gasket and oil I ordered:
I also ordered replacement rear shocks. Drivers side is blown out. Wasn't able to source anything really "good" quality.
I'm happy to have found these boards. I thank you for your expert advice. Gonna need all the help I can get.
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