A common problem we see in 2004-2006 Nissans, Maximas for example, is that when the vehicle’s hot and turning a corner or when slowing down you may notice a hard shift in the transmission. This can also occur at faster, highway speeds and the shifting pattern will be off, erratic, or unpredictable. These are common symptoms of valve body issues which controls the shifting patterns of these transmissions. Unfortunately these symptoms will not trigger a check engine light in the Nissans computer diagnostics and commonly surface when the vehicle has 80,000 to 100,000 miles. If you have similar transmission problems or symptoms, bring your car in and we’ll inspect it for you and let you know if you can save money with a valve body replacement instead of a complete transmission replacement.
The 2004 to 2006 VW Beetle and 2004 – 2007 VW Jetta and Passat all seem to have a common theme with transmission problems. Once the vehicle’s at normal operating temperature there’s a hard shift up or down. There can also be a clunking or banging when accellerating and cornering. Commonly, this is not a transmission problem, but a valve body problem which could mean an enormous savings of money for your VW. A simple diagnostic can confirm the less expensive valve body repair. Call us today for a quick and simple diagnostic.
For Nissan Pathfinder, Xterra, Frontier, and the Infiniti QX4:
A common complaint of owners of these Nissan models is a slipping, bucking, and erractic shifting here and there and sometimes includes a check engine light on. Unfortunately the check engine light in many of these cases does not tell the customer what it could be. Commonly it’s transmission fluid discolored, looking like cholcolate or strawberry milkshake (depending on the year of the vehicle).
This is a common issue with these Nissans in that water is leaking from the radiator through a crack internally giving you that milky look to the fluids mixing together. This causes damage to the clutch linings within the transmission giving you the symptons of a slipping, bucking, or erratic shift.
When this happens a transmission flush is required, a new radiatior, and generally some minor internal repairs. But prolonged it can create enough internal damage to the transmission where it needs an overhaul or a complete replacement.
Don’t wait too long and bring it in for a simple diagnostic at Jeff’s Transmission for free. We’d rather avoid replacing the whole transmission saving you a lot of money where another repair shop might simply replace the transmission for more money than you should pay.