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Old 04-09-2008, 04:16 AM   #1
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Default Can't remove transmission fluid bolt...any tips?

Hi there,

I was going to drain the transmission fluid today but I couldn't loosen the bolt. I have the car up on two stands so there isn't too much room beneath the car but it's not that bad.

I'm using a 7" 17mm wrench. Feels like I have enough leverage to remove the bolt but it just doesn't give...

Any tips?

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Old 04-09-2008, 05:39 AM   #2
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socket and breaker bar with extension. I used a 1/2" drive 12" long breaker when I changed the fluid on mine.

I thought it was a 19mm?
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Old 04-09-2008, 08:43 AM   #3
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yup just get a big ass breaker bar
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Old 04-09-2008, 09:53 AM   #4
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put a pipe on the wrench if you dont have a breaker bar.
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Old 04-09-2008, 11:30 AM   #5
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put a pipe on the wrench if you dont have a breaker bar.
works as well, however, a breaker bar is one of the best investments you will ever make if you plan to do any work on a car, especially one thats 10 years old like mine. That and they are pretty cheap
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Old 04-09-2008, 01:14 PM   #6
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You can also just use the hollow end of a jack handle.

Try tightening the bolt up first, then try to loosen it. Do that a few times, usually it'll unstick itself.

And for future changes, I suggest a Fumoto Valve.
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Old 04-09-2008, 04:22 PM   #7
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You can also just use the hollow end of a jack handle.

Try tightening the bolt up first, then try to loosen it. Do that a few times, usually it'll unstick itself.

And for future changes, I suggest a Fumoto Valve.
Fumoto valve for the transmission? I thought people only use that for the engine?
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You can use a Fumoto valve for any threaded bolt hole that fits.

Shoot, I've considered trying to find one for the rear diff.
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:06 AM   #9
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You can use a Fumoto valve for any threaded bolt hole that fits.

Shoot, I've considered trying to find one for the rear diff.
just be sure it clears your stock manifold/header.

I can't use one with my TWE headers, for example.
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Old 04-10-2008, 04:49 AM   #10
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socket and breaker bar with extension. I used a 1/2" drive 12" long breaker when I changed the fluid on mine.

I thought it was a 19mm?
I have a 99 LGT and it's 17mm for me, same as the engine drain bolt.
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Old 04-11-2008, 01:19 AM   #11
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1/2'' breaker bar is a very good investment, make sure it is at least 18'' long.


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Old 04-11-2008, 01:47 PM   #12
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I used a torque wrench to get the tranny bolt out of a 1987 Nissan Frontier I had to drop the tranny on. And, yeah, get something that's 1/2" drive and don't use a socket, the drive will fit right into the square on the bottom of the bolt.
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Old 04-11-2008, 04:35 PM   #13
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I used a torque wrench to get the tranny bolt out of a 1987 Nissan Frontier I had to drop the tranny on. And, yeah, get something that's 1/2" drive and don't use a socket, the drive will fit right into the square on the bottom of the bolt.
Wow, I didn't know the 1/2" drive fits into the transmission bolt...I'm gonna check it out.

BTW, any of you guys change the transmission filter? Seems easy for me since my is an external spin on/off type.
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Old 04-11-2008, 05:56 PM   #14
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Cheap insurance is to change the filter. The later Legacies had the spin-on filters. Earlier ones have in-pan types, so much harder to change.
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