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  • Rookie 53
    Rookie 53 - 1990 Nissan Maxima - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 12/10/2014
    Why does my 1990 Nissan maxima not shift into 3rd gear ???
    Ok, this is my first car I bought it for $500, trying to decide to keep it or not. I drove it after changing all spark plugs and testing all cylinders they are fine.. Changed the oil but not the oil filter , rookie mistake. When it comes down to it I'm lost with ...
     
    • Teddy B
      12/10/2014 Teddy B
      No trans fluid additive will make for a fix

      In fact if you already have internal damage it may slip worse

      So forget the Lucus & other products

      Just changing the fluid may cause it it slip if is already & your
      not aware of the problem or how to test for it

      You remove the bolts holding the pan on the bottom of the transaxle
      There will not be a drain plug

      Make sure you use the correct fluid if you do change it

      May not be a filter in there to change just a screen you forget about

      I would say get rid of it if the trans is not working as new fluid may bring
      it to a complete halt.

      If you want to get a free road test & evaluation go to a trans shop

      Just keep in mind you paid $500 for the car & the shops job is to
      pitch a complete rebuild for $3,500

      You may need that but a 1990 vehicle is pretty well used up

      3rd gear only could be several things but nothing your going to do yourself
      or get at ,such as a shift solenoid or the need to clean the valve body

      Pretty much have to pull the trans to do that

  • chan13
    chan13 - 2007 Nissan Maxima - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/30/2014
    Why does my car try to start but will not fully start?
    It tries to start up but will not, had been previously acting up while driving would go really slow even if I'm all the way on the gas. Power steering and oil is low, lights comes on when trying to start also
     
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  • Ryan H
    Ryan H - 1999 Nissan Sentra - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 11/16/2014
    What are the symptoms of a worn out timing chain tensioner?
    So I"m driving slowly 20 to 30 mph its fine the RPM is normal for that speed I try to bring it to 40 the engine revs but I lose more and more power to the wheels so I stop and I smell a plastic like chemical smell with some smoke its not oil, and I checked the ...
     
    • Bill
      11/16/2014 Bill
      This sounds more like a transmission that has weak internal clutches or low fluid pressure. Usually this will happen when you accelerate rapidly and the tranny needs to downshift quickly.
  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 1997 Nissan Quest - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/28/2014
    What is wrong when car wont accelerate
    Driving on freeway suddenly started losing speed and car would not accelerate
     
    • Jimm
      8/1/2014 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance. There may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
      Jimm
      10/28/2014 Kmartin
      I'm currently trying to find out whether or not it is worth replacing the timing chain in my 2005 Quest, and the problem with acceleration was one of the symptoms. Might have that checked, because it isn't something a mechanic would automatically assume in a 2005 vehicle. Several Nissan models from the 2004-2007 time frame have evidently been having this problem with the timing chain but despite a class action suit, Nissan corporate will not issue a recall.
      Jimm
      10/28/2014 Kmartin
      I'm currently trying to find out whether or not it is worth replacing the timing chain in my 2005 Quest, and the problem with acceleration was one of the symptoms. Might have that checked, because it isn't something a mechanic would automatically assume in a 2005 vehicle. Several Nissan models from the 2004-2007 time frame have evidently been having this problem with the timing chain but despite a class action suit, Nissan corporate will not issue a recall.
    • Kmartin
      10/28/2014 Kmartin
      Sorry for the double post. Hopefully the moderator will delete the second one. I failed to mention that it is the secondary timing system that has a problem. Evidently the fasteners are faulty and there are problems with the secondary system as a result.
  • Kate
    Kate - 2007 Nissan Sentra - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 10/20/2014
    Is it possible to overfill the transmission fluid? I have a 6 speed manual transmission.
    I think that a local mechanic might have put too much transmission fluid in my vehicle while doing some repairs. I was told that this was impossible. Who is right?
     
    • alex
      10/20/2014 alex
      being a manual all you have to do to check is park it somewhere flat and pull out the fill plug. it's possable and it will make it shift hard and the trans run hotter.
  • NissanX
    NissanX - 2005 Nissan Xterra - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/23/2014
    Manual transmission revving hard before accelerating
    This issue is through all gears and started on Weds 9/17/14. Reverse is fine, but when going through the other gears the car revs hard before accelerating
     
    • greasemonkey
      9/23/2014 greasemonkey
      sounds like the clutch is starting to slip, your forward gears are higher ratio then reverse , so it takes more force for the clutch to hold.
  • Edwin
    Edwin - 1996 Nissan Maxima - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/17/2014
    Transmision shifts hard on first gear
    When I drive the my car the transmission shifts hard on first gear
     
    • alex
      9/17/2014 alex
      pull the trans dipstick it should be red and smell like your power steering fluid. if it smells burnt or is brown or black it is a sign of something bad. if its low take your time filling it over full will make it shift funny too. also what is the idle rpm of the engine. if it idles high that would make it go in hard also.
  • stephensethan123
    stephensethan123 - 2006 Nissan 350Z - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/14/2014
    New clutch installed, engine not functioning correctly
    I recently replaced the entire clutch in my 06 nissan 350z and the engine feels like it skips and shutters for a second or two. I believe this is happening because the new clutch kit and flywheel are half the weight of the old one and the computer isn't reading it ...
     
    • alex
      9/14/2014 alex
      when does it happen. on start up or when you push the clutch?
  • ed
    ed - 2006 Nissan Pathfinder - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 9/2/2014
    No reverse when shifted to reverse
    When shifted to reverse its as if it were in neutral
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2004 Nissan Sentra - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 8/6/2014
    Why won't my shifter shift down without bypassing the shift lock?
    The car runs find except that I have to depress the shift lock button to get it into gear.
     
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  • AutoMD User
    AutoMD User - 2005 Nissan Quest - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/23/2014
    Wheel Bearing on Left Front Wheel
    Need to replace the front left wheel bearing and tried to get an estimate from your site. However, only the rear wheel bearing keeps showing up. I got an estimate from VA Tire & Auto (South Riding, VA) for just the left front wheel bearing replacement for $740 ...
     
    • Jimm
      7/23/2014 Jimm
      The price quote received sounds too expensive - the front wheel / hub bearing assembly should cost no more than around $50.00 for the part itself.

      You should be able to have both the front hub / bearing assemblies replaced for around $200.00 or so - both wheels as is recommended, due to age / mileage and wear considerations. Find another repair shop to perform the front hub / bearing assembly replacement for a much lower cost.

      The parts are readily available from these many on-line sources, www.partsgeek.com, www.rockauto.com, www.discountautoparts.com, www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.jcwhitney.com - to list only a few possibilities.
      In fact, they (RockAuto) list the front hub bearing assemblies from around $42.00 each for your vehicle.
  • Cj
    Cj - 2001 Nissan Pathfinder - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/23/2014
    I have problem with my 2001 nissan pathfinder. when you starts the car the reserve is working however when you shifted
    to drive its takes time before the car moves at around 20 to 50 seconds. and then when you drive to long distance after you reach the stop lights and you are in the full stop the engines dies. same things as when you back up and turning to left or right at the ...
     
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  • AutoMD Member
    AutoMD Member - 2007 Nissan Xterra - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 7/14/2014
    Why wont my car shift gears? I cant go foward or reverse
    It has plenty of transmission fluid. Just all of a sudden could not go more than 20 mph. Now wont go even tho sounds normal.
     
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  • Janet Weiss
    Janet Weiss - 2005 Nissan Altima - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/29/2014
    52k miles,trans fluid is full,not burnt,all good.Pulling into a parking lot the car stopped ,it made a clunk sound.
    The car will not move forward in any drive only reverse. No previous trans noise or problems.
     
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  • Janet Weiss
    Janet Weiss - 2005 Nissan Altima - Transmissions & Drivetrains - 6/29/2014
    Transmission goes in reverse only,I was driving into a parking lot it made a noise and would not go forward auto trans.
    no grinding ,just stopped going in drive.52k miles,trans fluid is good also not burnt.
     
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