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6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:51 AM

2k2 6 Speed Transmission Fix/Upgrade (picture heavy)
Disclaimer: If you attempt any of what you see from my post, you do so at your own risk. The following is a summary of my experience.
The Car: 2002 Maxima SE
Transmission: 6 speed, HLSD, RS6F51A
Mileage: 174,000 mi. (approx.)
Situation: November 1st, 2014. I jumped in the Maxima, running late to a funeral in Tennessee. Pushed clutch to floor and started it. I could not get gear shifter out of third gear no matter how hard I tried. Something was obviously broken in the transmission.
After a lot of online research, I purchased a 29,066 mile 6 speed, HLSD transmission from a 2006 Nissan Sentra Spec-V (p/n RS6F51H) from Kindly gentlemen cargo shipped it from a junkyard in Arkansas to my door step in North Alabama for $XXX (will update when I remember it). The following were the only differences in the two transmissions: (1) bellhousings were different, (2) final drive ratio were different (3.812 vs 4.133), (3) Maxima – 1st & 2nd gear dual synchro, SpecV - 1st gear dual synchro, 2nd gear triple synchro.
To Do List:
(2) On RS6F51H transmission, swap to Maxima bell-housing
(3) On RS6F51 transmission, swap out SpecV final drive for Maxima final drive
(4) While I’m at it, install Fidanza Lightweight Flywheel and RalcoZ Lightweight Underdrive Pulley

Resources: MT.pdf
Sentra SpecV Transmission As Received:

6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:51 AM

Work Setup:
- Set each transmission on cardboard covered work bench side by side (cardboard to protect mating surfaces on transmission and soak up any grease/oil/fluids)
- For fasteners, blow up and print out FSM pages and glue to cardboard. Poke fasteners through on board where you take them out of transmission
- Take off parts from each transmission at same time, label in Ziploc bag
- For large parts, label and place in its own cardboard box
- Clean as you go (scrape off gasket material, use acetone/cloth) to clean
- Follow both factory service manuals for breakdown/buildup



6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:52 AM

Maxima Speedo Sensor Block-off Plate
SpecV Speedo Sensor
Maxima Transaxel Case Stamp
SpecV Transaxel Case Stamp
Maxima Control Assembly, Sensors, and Case Bolts Removed
SpecV Control Assembly, Sensors, and Case Bolts Removed
Maxima Transaxel Case Removed (at this point forward, they both look the same)
Maxima Spread Spring Debris and Detail
Based on the pictures below, it appears the spread spring in the 3rd-4th synchronizer broke and lodged itself in to prevent the sliding action between gears.

6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:53 AM

Maxima – Reverse Tilt Mechanism Removed
Maxima – Re-test fitting reverse tilt mechanism (to make sure I understood its reassembly)
Maxima – Reverse shift fork and rod
Maxima – Reverse Gear Stack
Maxima – Re-test fit reverse shift fork
Maxima – Shifter bracket Detail

6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:53 AM

Maxima – Gear Stacks and Differential
SpecV – Gear Stacks and Differential
Maxima – Input, Main, & Reverse Shafts and Axels
Maxima – Final Drive & HLSD
SpecV - Final Drive and HLSD
SpecV – Reverse Gear Set

6spd_Hayes June 10th 09:54 AM

New Upgraded Transmission Assembly (SpecV Guts in Maxima Bellhousing)
Cleaned Maxima Bellhousing (Used acetone and cloth)
Cleaned Differential Side of Bellhousing
Maxima Final Drive and HLSD from SpecV
SpecV Reverse Gear Set
SpecV Gear Stacks and Maxima Final Drive in Bellhousing
Maxima Final Drive Meshed with SpecV Mainshaft
SpecV Mainshaft Meshed with SpecV Input Shaft
SpecV Input Shaft Meshed with SpecV Reverse Gear Set
Detail SpecV Main and Input Shaft
SpecV 5th/6th Shifter Fork with Maxima 5th/6th Shifter Fork Rod Detail
The SpecV 5th/6th Shifter Fork Rod had a pretty significant burr on it, and wouldn’t actuate properly. So I used the Maxima version.
SpecV Check Ball and Spacer for 5th/6th Rod
SpecV 1st through 4th Shifter Fork with SpecV Rod Detail
SpecV 1st/2nd Shifter Fork Detail
SpecV Reverse Bracket Detail
SpecV Reverse Shifter Fork Detail
SpecV Reverse Tilt Mechanism Assembly
SpecV Check Ball and Spacer for Reverse Rod Mechanism
Fully Assembled SpecV Guts and Transaxel Case on Maxima Bellhousing
SpecV Shifting Mechanism
Fully Assembled Transmission on Hoist

dmcmahan12 June 13th 06:13 AM

Great write up! I wish they made the 7th Gen Maxima with a manual! The CVT sucks!!!

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