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How to Check Engine Fluids 02-06 Nissan Altima

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How to Check Engine Fluids 02-06 Nissan Altima

Created on: 2017-06-27

How to check and fill the fluids on 2005 Nissan Altima.

  1. step 1 :Checking the Brake Fluid
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the brake fluid level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Check that the brake fluid is between the minimum and maximum lines
    • Check that the brake fluid is clear or an almost yellow color
    • If the brake fluid is murky or dark, drain and refill it
    • Twist the brake fluid reservoir cap on clockwise
  2. step 2 :Checking the Transmission Fluid
    • Let the engine reach operating temperature
    • Keeping a foot on the brake, engage each gear for a few seconds to cycle the transmission fluid fully
    • Place the vehicle in park
    • With the vehicle running, remove the transmission dipstick
    • Reinstall and check that the fluid level is near the fill line
  3. step 3 :Checking the Oil
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Clean off the oil dipstick
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Pull out the oil dipstick
    • Check that the oil level is between the low and full marks
    • Insert the oil dipstick
    • Twist the oil fill cap off counterclockwise, to add oil
    • Add oil as necessary
    • Twist the oil cap on clockwise
  4. step 4 :Checking the Power Steering
    • Twist off the cap and check the level with a flashlight
    • If the power steering fluid smells burnt, is murky or dark, drain and refill it
  5. step 5 :Checking the Coolant
    • Wait for the engine to cool
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap off counterclockwise
    • Check the coolant level, using a flashlight if necessary
    • Add coolant to the reservoir up to the cold fill line
    • Twist the coolant reservoir cap on tight clockwise
  6. step 6 :Checking the Washer Fluid
    • Pull off the washer fluid reservoir cap
    • Fill the reservoir with washer fluid
    • Snap on the washer fluid reservoir cap

Tools needed for replacement

  • General Tools

    Flashlight

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Windshield Washer Fluid

    Power Steering Fluid

    Gloves

    Brake Fluid

    Transmission Fluid

    Anti-Freeze

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Under the hood of your 2005 Nissan Altima, you'll find your brake fluid reservoir. Your transmission dipstick is right here. Your engine oil dipstick is here, and your engine oil fill cap is here. Your radiator cap is right here. Your radiator overflow bottle is here. Your power steering fluid and your windshield washer fluid are both here.

To check the brake fluid, remove your cap, and it helps to put a light on the top. Look in here, and you can see the minimum line. The max line is pretty much at the bottom of the seam here. You want to be in between there. Take your light away, and fill that accordingly. Reinstall your cap, and push down.

To check your transmission fluid, pull out and up on this piece here. Use a rag. You want to check this while the vehicle is running. And in park, and you'll notice here that it says "Hot", you want to be in between the hash marks. On the other side is cold. After wiping it off, reinstall it all the way, pull it back out, and check your fluid. To fill it, install a skinny funnel right into the dipstick tube, and fill accordingly. Check it again until you're all set.

To check your oil, just pull up on the dipstick, and wipe it off completely. Reinstall it all the way, pull it back out and check. You want to be right in between these hash marks here. This is high, low. Reinstall it. To fill your oil, remove your cap, install a funnel, fill it. Reinstall your cap until it clicks.

For power steering fluid, you might have to wipe off the side here, and then you'll see the marks. The max lines is here. You want to have the vehicle hot, and you'd be able to see the minimum if you wipe that off too. To fill it, just twist the cap. It's obviously going to be a little higher because the vehicle's not hot. Reinstall the cap.

Your coolant overflow bottle, you can fill that from here if you need to. Your minimum and maximum line are located down here. Windshield washer fluid, you just pop the cap and fill to capacity.

Thanks for watching. Visit us at 1AAuto.com for quality auto parts, fast and free shipping, and the best customer service in the industry.

Tools needed for replacement:

    General Tools

  • Flashlight

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Windshield Washer Fluid
  • Power Steering Fluid
  • Gloves
  • Brake Fluid
  • Transmission Fluid
  • Anti-Freeze


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