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post #1 of 21 Old 02-26-2013, 03:31 AM Thread Starter
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Confused about manual transmission oil

is this what im looking for to change out the manual tranny oil?

Red Line Synthetic Oil - Gear Oil for Manual Transmissions - MTL 70W80 GL-4 Gear Oil

or any other recommendations for synthetic oil? links?

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use the grade and type your owners manual states or else you could have warranty issues... synthetics are fine, just use the proper grade.
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Not sure if Redline makes a 75-80 which is what the owners manual says to use. But I use MT-90 in my 6 speed Toyota Matrix and couldnt be happier with it. Still new to the Versa so take it as is
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I ordered mine at the dealer last year (it was a Renault gear oil). The important item is to get GL-4 gear oil rather than GL-5 which may attack the soft metal on the synchronizing rings. I plan to change mine at 50K miles and I order a set of 8mm & 10mm square sockets to unscrew the drain plugs this summer or fall.

Frank 2009 Versa S sedan MT-6 with 41400 miles.
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What would be the reason to change the tranny oil? I've owned many manual cars, never had to do anything like that.

2009 Versa S Hatchback
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What would be the reason to change the tranny oil? I've owned many manual cars, never had to do anything like that.
pull out the drain plug and look at all the wonderful shiny bits of metal on the plug and in the pan.

Keeping the fluid fresh just keeps it all clean in there and your car shifting smooth. You will prevent wear and decrease the tranny whine and it's eventual demise. I think it's recommended every 60k but I def go longer with no ill effects. Usually I don't do it until I need to change an axle or clutch. That way you don't get gear oil all over the place.
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thanks for the opinions.

changing tranny oil for the peace of mind that the fluid is fresh.
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NOTE! The 5 speed and 6 speed manual transmission use different gear oil !
My owners manual says on page 9-2

"Manual transmission gear oil"

5-speed MT:Genuine NISSAN Manual Transmission Fluid (MTF) HQ Multi 75W-85 orAPI GL04, Viscosity SAE 75-85
6-speed MT:Genuine NISSAN gear oil (XT4447M+) 75W80, Genuine NISSAN gear oil (ETL8997B) 75Ww80, or equivalent *3

So 75W85 for the 5 speed and 75W85 for the 6 speed

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I am not sure if non-Nissan gear oil can be used long term. In my other cars owner manuals listed only manual oil viscosity and required GL, so I could replace it with Mobil 1 or whatever synthetic oil I wanted. But for my 2017 Versa S 5-MT the owner's manual (p. 10-2) states for manual transmission gear oil:

"Genuine Nissan manual transmission fluid (MTF) HQ Multi 75W-85 or equivalent. If Genuine Nissan MTF HQ Multi is not available, API GL-4, viscosity SAE 75W-85 may be used as a temporary replacement. However, use Genuine Nissan MTF HQ Multi as soon as it is available."

So, what gives?

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We can be sure that any equivalent viscosity of oil is what the owners manual says.
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