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Old 10-27-2009, 03:16 PM   #1
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Transmission goes berserk, only when car heats up.

Hi guys,

I'm a proud new owner of an '05 6th gen 5AT. I'm having a problem where my transmission goes bonkers only after the car is warmed up and has been driven for a bit (roughly 30 minutes). When cold, it shifts smoothly with no slipping. Once it warms up, the shifts become horrific - bangs into gear when downshifting, shifts very hard from 1-2, slips from 2-3 and 3-4, hesitates here and there... Everything basically goes out of whack.

Fluid level is OK but, judging from its color, it can possibly benefit from a drain and refill. The car is under warranty, and the mechanics said that the problem is a bad solenoid (he didn't go into detail at all, so I'm uncertain as to what kind of solenoid, etc). I'm just asking here for my personal knowledge, really - has anyone ever had this problem? Does it sound like a solenoid can be the issue, or is there a deeper problem here? Anything else that I should be aware of or have them check?

Thanks guys!
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Old 10-27-2009, 03:53 PM   #2
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Drain and fill... try some Amsoil ATF fluid. Check the group deals section here for the thread started by talkinghorse. Great guy.

I'd start there, with a fluid change, to see if that helps.
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I found out that even with the Amsoil Oil Changes , it helps but not for the long run, its a band aid , You need to go back to Nissan and ask them to cover the drivetrain.

Most likely they give you a rebuilt tranny or new soleniod that will last another 50K or so before those goes.
you might also want to invest into a tranny cooler as well
theres a few threads
http://forums.maxima.org/6th-generat...ssion-fix.html
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Old 12-24-2009, 03:29 PM   #4
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Thanks for the replies guys. Just a quick update. I finally got the time to drop the car off at the service center to get this sorted out. They called me back and said that the warranty company has approved the repairs and that they have ordered the parts that they need to fix it. They told me that "the planetary fell apart" and mentioned another problem that I cannot remember at the moment; I don't know much about the internals of the AT, but it sounds like it's going to be a big job. Will update again when I get the car back, should have her back sometime next week.
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I've got an 04 with the 5 speed w/od. I swear the gear indicator would go up to 6 but can't be certain. Had the dealership do a flush and fill, now it only goes to 5th. Mpg has gone down as well. Should it go up to 6?
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Thanks because I'm having the exact same issue
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Yes the infamous tranny discussion. I'm having problems with mine at the moment it's shifts hard between 1 and 2000 rpms and when its downshifting i feel a bump just before i stop completely. I'm also feeling a delay in shifting when i put it in reverse and then back to drive almost feels like somebody tap my bumper kinda hard, taking it to the dealer on Tuesday
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i literally just picked up my car last week from getting my tranny fixed. different options... 1st they will tell u to drain and refill with tanny fluid... some will say its just the valve body which IMO may very well be the case in ur situation... or the whole tranny is junked... so i just got a whole new re-man tranny from nissan.. so far so good.
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Yes the infamous tranny discussion. I'm having problems with mine at the moment it's shifts hard between 1 and 2000 rpms and when its downshifting i feel a bump just before i stop completely. I'm also feeling a delay in shifting when i put it in reverse and then back to drive almost feels like somebody tap my bumper kinda hard, taking it to the dealer on Tuesday

EXACTLY what my problem was. the infamous reverse to drive... pause for about 3 seconds.. then BOOM!... terrible
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Yes the infamous tranny discussion. I'm having problems with mine at the moment it's shifts hard between 1 and 2000 rpms and when its downshifting i feel a bump just before i stop completely. I'm also feeling a delay in shifting when i put it in reverse and then back to drive almost feels like somebody tap my bumper kinda hard, taking it to the dealer on Tuesday
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EXACTLY what my problem was. the infamous reverse to drive... pause for about 3 seconds.. then BOOM!... terrible
Me too! That's exactly what was happening with mine. For some reason, it only did it when the car heated up.

Still haven't gotten my car back.
The guy said they've fixed the problem with the planetary, but one of my solenoids was also bad (I think he said Solenoid B). Due to warranty terms, the shop had to replace the entire valve body, and the parts had to be OEM. They said they ordered the VB from Nissan but it's currently on backorder, so I'm currently still waiting and hoping for the best . Hoping I see my car before February.
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ouchhhh man i feel ur pain. if i have a problem with this tranny im swapping in the 6mt
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Yeah I had the same problem and the dealer swapped out the whole thing. It is covered threw nissan up to 75,000 miles. I now have 3000 miles on the new tranny and it is perfect. But if s--t hits the fan again and I am out of the warranty I will be dropping in the 6 man.
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Finally got the car back. The result was that the shop rebuilt the entire transmission. Shifts perfectly now. The only thing is that the 3-2 downshift is a little hard. No more slipping or slamming into gear on upshifts, delay from N - D / D - R is gone.

I'm going to inspect my motor mounts, because I'm sure that they could be playing a role in the shock that's felt in the downshift. After being driven for so long with the trans slamming on every shift, I'm sure that my mounts are most likely not in the greatest shape.
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Update - after 1 week, 250 miles on the rebuild, driving it like a grandma, the transmission is dead again. The car came to a grinding halt today in the middle of traffic.

I noticed that the transmission developed a whining noise similar to the noise made when a car is in reverse. This noise was heard in 1st and 2nd gear. Once the car shifted into 3rd it was less less noticeable (sounded more like a high-pitched squeal as opposed to gear noise).

That seemed to be a warning sign, as everything went south today. While coasting to a stop, the car shifted down into second, made an awful grinding/clunking sound, and that was it. Was able to get it to lurch forward enough to get it to the side of the road, reverse would not engage at all. Car is now back at the shop.

Really getting fed up with this car, and I've barely even gotten a chance to enjoy it! Will update once I know more.
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Update - after 1 week, 250 miles on the rebuild, driving it like a grandma, the transmission is dead again. The car came to a grinding halt today in the middle of traffic.

I noticed that the transmission developed a whining noise similar to the noise made when a car is in reverse. This noise was heard in 1st and 2nd gear. Once the car shifted into 3rd it was less less noticeable (sounded more like a high-pitched squeal as opposed to gear noise).

That seemed to be a warning sign, as everything went south today. While coasting to a stop, the car shifted down into second, made an awful grinding/clunking sound, and that was it. Was able to get it to lurch forward enough to get it to the side of the road, reverse would not engage at all. Car is now back at the shop.

Really getting fed up with this car, and I've barely even gotten a chance to enjoy it! Will update once I know more.
Man that sucks, but your lucky you still got warranty on it. I just bought my car, with cash, after saving for forever, and a month later my trans is giving signs.

I am very mad, shouldnt this be a recall, isn't this nissans fault for designing a ****ty transmission ?
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Man that sucks, but your lucky you still got warranty on it. I just bought my car, with cash, after saving for forever, and a month later my trans is giving signs.

I am very mad, shouldnt this be a recall, isn't this nissans fault for designing a ****ty transmission ?
Nissan actually didn't design the transmission. They did however fail us by putting it in the Maxima. Tranny has a flaw and needs fixed.
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Took my car in for a routine belt change and the mech walked over to me and said we are going to replace the transmission under warranty before it runs out,he stated that the fluid was burnt and gunky and I do all my services and then some the tranny fluid was changed at 30000 miles it now has 53000 miles?!?! I thanked him of course. He did not like the way the shifts were. The only thing I noticed was that the down shifts were rough sometimes. So I got the car back and still some of the down shifts are a little rough when you are slowing down. As for the rest of the car everything is great just put so new Michelin's on the car and it is very quiet and smooth. I hope the tranny lasts I don't really want to get rid of this car I love It!! It haven't really had any problems from this car at all.
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Ok, got the car back tonight. This time, it's running great !

The hard 3-2 downshift is gone, no noises, jerks, bangs or slips. Finally feeling what this car should have run like the day that I purchased it. So far, things are looking good. Keeping my fingers crossed and continuing to take it easy on it for the next 1,000 miles or so.
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