Level VI Member
Join Date: Jan 2017
Mentioned: 4 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 93 Post(s)
Feedback Score: 0 reviews
If it has the fluid drain standpipe at the drain plug, the standpipe should just be a bigger fastener shape surrounding the drain plug itself. Pull center drain to drain only overflow past the normal fluid level and pull the outer standpipe for a complete drain (of pan anyway, converter stays full).
My '11 has same trans and a complete pan drain is 3 quarts or so, some over IIRC. I use regular cheap Ford lo-vis Mercon in it for S and no trouble. That car has the standard single piece drain plug in it.
I bet if you buy the earlier Versa ATX dipstick it slides right into the tube to have one again, what I did on my '17 Altima. It reads perfect. You likely could even find a junkyard older pan to reproduce the oldschool single drain plug setup. Or easier, yank the standpipe, grind or otherwise cut the tube down to flush and reinstall to simply use the center smaller drain plug as an overall plug, but you need a pre-verified dipstick to go along with that because you lose level setting with the upper pipe gone.
I abhor not being able to read fluid level easy, lose an axle seal to slow leak and you burn up a trans and render the car a boat anchor for nothing. Screw the Nissan method.
I used a handheld MityVac vacuum tool to suck out fluid and using the hose that came with it, it slipped right in the dipstick tube and I pulled out close to a quart in like 5 minutes. After I filled the pan, thinking like most small cars that this one needed close to 4 quarts in it but only needed 3, I was way overfilled.
Last edited by amc49; 06-22-2019 at 03:14 PM.