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Transmission Solenoid problems of the 2004 Nissan Maxima



Seven problems related to transmission solenoid have been reported for the 2004 Nissan Maxima.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 1
Failure Date: 09/12/2012

The transmission shifts hard from 2nd to 3rd after driving about 20 minutes. Then it shifts hard up and down. When going from park or reverse into drive it will not engage gear and then slams into gear. While driving at freeway speeds it will slip gears. It also slips gears after pulling out at a stop sign. A diagnostic check revealed that it has a pressure control solenoid c stuck on . I have found many many online posts on forums about the same exact problem at about the same milage on many 2004 Maximas. I am concerned that I can not drive it safely and Nissan knows about this failure in the car and choose to do nothing.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 2
Failure Date: 04/21/2010

Shift solenoid is giving me problems at 90,000 miles. The car jerks sometimes when taking off or at certain speeds the engine may rev high then jerk. A mechanic has explained that this is common on the 2004 Maxima's.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 3
Failure Date: 02/16/2010

In October of 2008 the car started jerking really hard when shifting between 1 and 2nd gears. Mainly when I was slowing down to take a turn or when approaching a light and then tried to accelerate. Dealer said that I needed to replace transmission or have it rebuilt. I had the transmission rebuilt in January 2009 problem was gone for a little while and then began again about once a week. With time the problem the shifting kept getting harder and harder. February 2010 the check engine light came on. Now the car will sometimes jerk really hard and make a really loud clanking noise when shifting. When it does this the car acts like it does not want to accelerate. When car is driven for a few minutes, then turned off and then turned on again then the noise is gone and car accelerates just fine. Problem occurs about every other day. When taken to the dealer they said it was the shift solenoid that's related to the transmission.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 4
Failure Date: 12/20/2009

04 Nissan Maxima started slipping in 3rd gear and from rev. To drive around 63,000 miles. The transmission and valve bodies need to be rebuilt or replaced along with the solenoids. Not to mention a broken axle when trying to cross traffic. In light of the Toyota debacle, when will you make Nissan "do the right thing?".

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 5
Failure Date: 11/19/2009

2004 Nissan Maxima with severe jerking 1st-2ng gear, rvm revving high, not going into gearfor about a month or so. Symptoms started at about 80,000 miles. Took to Nissan dealer. . . Said nothing wrong with transmission. 2 weeks later, car almost failed while I was attempting to go up a hill. On that day, I was pushing on gas, rvm revving high, but car not picking up speed, car started to jerk, and almost had accident. Very dangerous and scary . Looked it up on internet that night, and found multiple complaints about the same thing. I took car to aamco since dealer said nothing wrong. Aamco and they told me about Nissan having technical service bulletin saying solenoid control assembly is problem. But now, transmission has failed and cost is 3500. 00. Aamco wants to put in "updated solenoid" that was re-engineered after people started having these problems and replaced the parts contaminated with the debris (basically overhaul the tranny) apparently, the solenoid material breaks off and goes throughout the transmission causing debris build up and eventual transmission failure. Placing new transmission doesn't help because it is an engineering flaw with the solenoid. The fix is to put in the re-engineered updated solenoid so doesn't break apart and cause debris throughout transmission like the one original solenoid assembly placed in car. Why didn't Nissan tell me that? they just said "nothing is wrong with your transmission". Are they waiting for a mortality to occur? is that how they want to treat their consumers? I have been talking to Nissan corp for 2 weeks now. They don't even want to acknowledge their is a problem even though it is on their own technical service bulletin!.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 6
Failure Date: 04/25/2009

I too have a 2004 Maxima. I maintain the car at the dealer,. While driving, the gears will slips out and at times sticks at the 5th gear the only way it comes out of the 5th gear is by turning off the car, sit for several minutes while the engine cools and starting again. I was told the problem with the gear shifting is I need to change the valve assembly. It was changed and 2day later the same problem existed. I took it back and I am told I need to change the at solenoid assembly and or replace the transmission. This is apparently a know problem with the 04 Maximas and something needs to be done about it!!.

car   Transmission Solenoid problem 7
Failure Date: 12/18/2008

My 04 Maxima currently has just over 50,000 miles on it. I have noticed some hard shifts over the past few months, but they had been very intermittent. The other day however I noticed the service engine soon light was on and when accelerating from a stop I realized that I barely had any power! after engine shut off the acceleration was back to normal. The service engine soon light remained on. The code was pulled and reset. P 0797 pressure control solenoid, stuck on. Repair cost approximately 4000 dollars. Problem outstanding. The struts have also gone bad. Problem outstanding. I have also had to replace the battery. The front right rotor is warped and causes steering wheel shim when downhill braking. Problem outstanding. My car had begun to idle very low twice and actually died once. Problem outstanding. A weld on the heat shield of the catalytic converter has come loose and causes a noticeable vibration when accelerating when cold. This subsides once it's heated up probably due to metal expansion. Problem outstanding. I have also replaced the tires due too bad alignment camber on some and also castor I believe it was wearing the tires unevenly.