Today we are working on another in a long line of Pathfinders that has water in the transmission. It is not only the Pathfinders but it also includes the Frontier and Xterra SUV’s.
The radiator that Nissan put in their SUV’s breaks down and the water and transmission fluid mix. The water gets into the transmission and de-bonds the friction material off the clutch plates. That in itself would be bad, but worse than that is that the computer that controls the transmission is inside the transmission.
Once water enters the computer the transmission is finished. A rebuild at most shops requires that the computer and valvebody to be replaced. This adds another thousand dollars to a expensive rebuild to start with. Seattle Transmission in the SODO district now has a line on the second design computer. No longer are we at the mercy of having to buy the dealers expensive parts.
Below is the recall on the radiator problem. Most cars affected are now out of warranty.
Nissan has decided in the interest of customer satisfaction, to further extend the warranty for the Radiator Assembly on all 2005-10 Frontier, Pathfinder, and Xterra vehicles equipped with automatic transmissions. On a small percentage of vehicles, an internal crack on the oil cooler tube may occur leading to internal leakage of engine coolant. While the majority of vehicles will not experience this issue, for customer satisfaction purposes, Nissan has decided to further extend the coverage of the New Vehicle Limited Warranty on the radiator assembly, subject to certain customer co-pays that vary with age/mileage. The New Vehicle Limited Warranty coverage on applied vehicles for the Radiator Assembly (original terms 3 years/36,000 miles) will be extended from the current extension of 8 years/80,000 miles to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever occurs first), including damage, repairs, replacement, and towing resulting from this issue. With the additional extension, the following warranty coverage and corresponding customer co-pays will now apply: Up to 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first): No customer co-pay After 8 years/80,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $2,500 After 9 years/90,000 miles (whichever comes first) up to 10 years/100,000 miles (whichever comes first): Customer co-pay is $3,000 As with the prior extension, this extension of warranty on the radiator assembly will cover damage caused to other affected components, including the vehicle transmission, as a result of an internal leakage condition in the radiator assembly. However, existing powertrain coverage applicable to the transmission (5 years/60,000 miles) otherwise remains unchanged.
Kings Transmission can now lift heavier vehicles. We have installed a new state of the art 18,000 pound lift.
A lot of times people who own 4×4 trucks and SUV’s mistake transfer case problems for transmission problems. And when this happens it causes untold heart aches and worries. Seattle Transfer Case repair will diagnose your problem for free. Most times simple repairs can be made to get you back on the road. Get an honest opinion before you let a shop sell you a transmission rebuild. 206-624-1859
Range Rover has not made parts for sale for all the newer model rear differentials. Thus keeping owners trapped into buying entire units instead of repairing what they own. Parts are hard to come by but we now have the ability to rebuild all Rover rear and front differentials. Don’t get stuck paying six thousand dollars if you have a problem. Give us a call 206-624-1859. Repair Transmission Seattle.
The late model Honda Accuras come with a heat exchanger ontop of the transmission. It works to cool the transmission but not well enough with stop and go driving. There is an after market adapter that allows a real cooler to be installed. Kings Transmission Seattle, Transmission Repair Seattle.. 206-624-1859
Kings Transmission of Seattle just rebuilt a automatic transmission (09G) in a 2005 VW New Beetle.
After the rebuild we still had the code of 01045 – Tiptronic switch (F189), implausible signal.
For those of you with tiptronic trans, if your PRNDL display blocks out and you have the inplausible signal DTC, here is something to check for.
The tiptronic switch asm uses HAL sensors and magnets. There are two magnets, a very tiny brick shaped one, and a cylinder shaped one. The cylinder shaped one is in a little bracket that slides/snaps to a plastic carrier strip. What will happen is the bracket that holds the cylinder magnet will pop loose and move back about 1mm, just enough to screw with you.
I had a brand new car with that DTC, my wiring tested out perfect. I order a new Tip switch and install… same issue. Hmmm… maybe I got a dud out of the box, order another switch… again, same problem. Turns out ALL THREE OF THEM had the same problem. I took the tiptronic switch asm all apart (simple, just snapped together) and put a dot of superglue on the cyclinder magent bracket and snapped it into place. Did this to all three of the tip switches, now they all work perfect.
So, before you run off and replace said switch, check that cyclinder shaped magnet, see if you can push it in (the bracket is kind of “wedge” shape), if you push in on it (towards the center of the asm), you should feel it click into place and the edge will be even/flush with the part it is fitted to.
Or you can bring it to us and we will take care of it for you. Kings Transmission Seattle
On some cars it’s called a Check Engine light; others use a Service Engine Soon light. Still others just have a light with a picture of an engine on it. The industry calls it a MIL — Malfunction Indicator Lamp. All scary names for the same thing… something that isn’t scary at all. Basically the light means that the car’s computer has identified a problem in the system that needs attention.
What kind of attention? Professional attention, from a professional technician. It needs to have the computer system scanned and checked to identify any areas that have shifted outside of the normal operating range.
Sounds confusing, but in reality that light is just the computer’s way of telling you to have your car checked. It found a problem — often one that you wouldn’t even notice during normal driving — and it needs to be checked before it becomes serious.
Why does the system need a Check Engine light? Because the more complex the system is, the more it has to help you monitor its performance and diagnose problems. And the computer system on today’s cars is highly complex. So the system is designed to monitor operation and set codes when it identifies a problem.
Most of the time a Check Engine light indicates a problem that’ll increase emissions. And those emissions don’t have to increase much to turn the light on: Today’s cars are designed to run a lot cleaner than those of just a decade ago.
But even if you don’t really care all that much about your car’s environmental impact, a Check Engine light is still something you’ll want to have checked. Keep in mind, anything that increases emissions probably also burns more gas. And at the price of gas today, that’s not something you want to ignore.
What’s more, pumping additional fuel through the engine can force the catalytic converter to work overtime to burn off the excess carbon monoxide and hydrocarbons. That can overheat the catalytic converter and burn it out in just a few miles. And replacing the catalytic converter can be an expensive repair you’ll have to take care of before you’ll be able to pass your next emissions test or smog test.
Your local ATRA Member shop is equipped with the latest test equipment for diagnosing today’s computer systems. They’ll be happy to scan your car’s computer system and check for any codes stored in memory. And their technicians can examine the circuits and systems to track down any problems, and bring those systems back into proper operating condition.
2000 VW Jetta 2.0 came to us shifting all over the place. On test drive it never did the same thing twice. Scanned for codes and found that it had a speed sensor failure. On the 01M transmissions there are two speed sensors. As the speedometer was working we knew which of the two were bad. $150.00 dollar repair and a very happy customer.
Past month a customer came in with a complaint that her Jeep wasn’t shifting right. On the test drive we found the transmission was shifting 1st to 3rd gear. It made no attempt to engage 2nd gear. Upon pulling the transmission we found the apply band end broken. Kings installed a new band resealed the transmission and put it back into the vehicle. For the cost of a band and labor new fluid she got out of here under six hundred dollars. Far cry of the cost for a rebuild. Let Kings Transmission help you, 206-624-1859
If you loose reverse or second gear in your Ford Escape the problem might be a broken part called a sprag. Without going into great detail this problem often does not require the transmission to be rebuilt. If you however take it to the dealer its exactly what you will pay for. Get a second opinion. Kings Transmission Seattle 206-624-1859. Rebuild transmission Seattle