NISSAN Pictures of how I changed the transmission input shaft pilot bushing on my 87-95 Nissan Pathfinder.

I have the transmission out and the transmission input shaft pilot bushing is easy to reach, so might as well put in a new one.

But first, lets pay some bills:

  1. This is the back of the engine with the transmission out. The black circle is the rear main seal. In the center of the circle is the transmission input shaft pilot bushing. It is press fit. How the hell do I get it out of there?
    input shaft pilot bushing and rear main seal

  2. Relying solely on instinct, I searched for a metal rod that fits exactly into the bushing. What is this? A metal rod!
    metal rod

  3. ...that will fit exactly into the bushing! Now if I only had a grease gun. HEY!
    bushing grease gun

  4. I filled the bushing with grease.
    input shaft bushing and rear main seal

  5. I hammered the metal rod into the grease. Since the metal rod fit exactly into the bushing, and the bushing is press fit into the engine shaft, the grease had no way to escape. So the grease did not escape. It pressed on the bushing from inside, and the bushing escaped! The grease acted as a hydraulic compound. Wow is that cool. I thought this up all by my self. Or possibly I read it on a forum. But I very wisely copied it. Sorry no pic of this very cool step, I had grease all over my hands.

  6. Then I tapped in the new bushing, and hey presto! Also I changed the RMS (Rear Main Seal), link on left.

  7. Next I sold out to make 02ยข so I can fulfill my lifelong dream of owning a 1986 944 with blown head gaskets.

    But no minivans!

  8. Then I finished my beer.

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