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Old 10-07-2012, 07:05 PM   #1
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I need to either rebuild or replace my transmission. I have a V6 4x4, but it appears there are a few different transmissions for these trucks. The door jamb plate on my truck is faded beyond readability. How do I know which transmission I have so I know what rebuild kit and/or new trans to get?

Would you recommend rebuilding myself, having someone else do it, or replacing the trans?
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Old 10-08-2012, 02:16 AM   #2
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Nobody? I found a few kits on ebay, but I dunno which one I might need or how difficult this could be. The shop that did my clutch quoted me $900 + parts, which seems a bit steep since I already paid them $800 to put a clutch in it.
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i would way rather do a clutch myself over opening up a trans
maybe try a lucas oil type to cover up the noise for now, if its manual trans
do you have a fsm? it tells you id tag locations
id would look into a 4x4 pathy trans for a replacement over rebuilding/paying someone to rebuild
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You've got your VIN.

Punch take into http://courtesyparts.com/, then navigate to:
Part 32010-D21032 looks like it might be called FS5R30A.

Good news! It's only $1,822.38 for a new one! (plus shipping & tax)
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Yeah I've got a FSM for a 89 truck, mine's an 86 but that was the earliest FSM I could find.

I just worry about buying a used one and then it having the same problem or something else wrong with it. I know they are cheaper, but still. I'm going to call some more transmission shops today and see if anyone else has a better quote.
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thing is they already dropped your tranny once, rebuilding the tranny would mean dropping it in again, so the labor is still there. If you would have gotten them done at the same time i would assume it would have been less. Your best bet is to call around, and get estimates.
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You posted about the same time I did, so be sure to read Post #4.
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thing is they already dropped your tranny once, rebuilding the tranny would mean dropping it in again, so the labor is still there. If you would have gotten them done at the same time i would assume it would have been less. Your best bet is to call around, and get estimates.
Problem is that I didn't know anything was wrong with the tranny at that time. When I bought the truck it cranked but wouldn't move because the clutch was jacked up. After getting the clutch swapped I discovered that the transmission was janky.

@jp2code holy crap, screw off buying a new one. I'm going to call around during lunch and see if there are any other shops that can rebuild. I want to keep this truck but I don't know how much more I can justify spending on it.
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I've just noticed you have the same wheels I do, too.

I was thinking about these little trucks on my ride into work this morning. A lot of the problems with these trucks is often sensor related (MAF, throttle position sensor, etc). New from Nissan, those parts are outrageous, so we all dig through parts at the salvage yards. However, in 10 more years, these trucks will be hard to find in the wrecking yards.

I'd like to be able to drive mine for another 20 years or more, but I'm sure there will be some hellacious obstacles to doing that.

Anyway, just rambling.

I did an eBay search on FS5R30A and got THIS SHORT LIST. The tranny is 400 miles away, but half the price of that new one.
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Thanks man. When I get home I'll check that FSM and see if that for sure is the transmission I have. Every shop I've called says $900 + parts for the rebuild.
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