Automatic Transmission Torque Converter Problems of Nissan Pathfinder
Nissan Pathfinder owners have reported 22 problems linked to automatic transmission torque converter (under the power train category).
#1 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
We, like many other owners, are having problems with the cvt transmission in our 2013 Nissan Pathfinder 4x4. At low speed acceleration, transmission shakes violently and power is lost -- cannot speed up. Also happens at high/highway speeds. It is an intermittent problem but a dangerous one, both when trying to speed up from rolling start or when passing/accelerating at highway speeds. I have contacted Nissan, taken to a dealer where they say they will replace torque converter. I hope this will help but most other owners reporting similar issues say these are not fixes and problems recur. Will report back. Beyond the transmission issue, our hood also buffets significantly at highway speeds. It visibly shakes and when I asked the dealership to fix, they said they could not recreate and it wasn't dangerous. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 07/01/13.
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#2 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2008 Nissan Pathfinder
My 2008 Nissan Pathfinder began shuddering whenever I would coast to 40 mph and then accelerate. I took it into the local Nissan dealership to have the issue checked out. They informed me there was an issue with the torque converter in my transmission that was caused by leakage from the radiator. They said this was evidenced by rust that had formed on my transmission fluid dipstick. They quoted me a repair price of over $4,500 but informed me I would only be responsible for $3,000 due to a class action lawsuit settlement. After researching the issue, I realized that this is a very common problem with Nissans. Further, I'm convinced there was evidence of this issue existing in my vehicle long before I took it in for service. I get my vehicle regularly serviced at the Nissan dealership and had my last oil change there about four months ago. It takes a long time for rust to form - so if there is rust on my transmission fluid dipstick today, then there was probably evidence of the issue just four months ago. It was in Nissan's best interest to not mention the issue to me since they needed me to be over the 90,000 mile mark so that I'm responsible for more of the repair. This is a huge safety issue - imagine what would happen if the transmission fails during my drive to work on the interstate one day. And it's infuriating that Nissan won't correct the issue. I love my Pathfinder and would have been a lifelong Nissan customer, but you better believe I'll never spend another dollar there. The failure date was October 22, 2013.
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#3 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
I purchased the Nissan Pathfinder on August 5, 2013. Within 2 weeks, the vehicle would shudder when driving between 20-30 miles per hour and suddenly lose power. I tried different types of gasoline without success. I finally brought it back to the dealership on September 13. They said it needed a "sensor in the transmission", they would order the part and I could bring it back the following Wednesday. I brought it in on Wednesday. I was told it would be an all day job. Near the end of the day, I was told that the part didn't fit and they had ordered another one. It would be in the following Monday. They arranged for me to get a rental car. They had the car for another ten days. They called for me to pick it up. While driving back from the rental agency, with the service advisor in the car, it did it again! they did not offer another rental or to take it back and fix it, so I took it home. A week later, the shuddering was so bad, that I took it back in again. They ordered an entirely new transmission (another week to receive the part and install it). (why put a new transmission in a new car that already has a new transmission that had been rebuilt once already when they put in the torque converter?) it makes no sense. Meanwhile, I'm terrified to have to take this car back again. It was Friday, Sep. 13, 2013 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.
#4 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5N1AR2MN7D_. I purchased my 2013 Nissan Pathfinder, less than 6 months ago. We currently have 7100 miles on it. We have not even had our 2nd oil change and I have already had it in the shop 4 times and I have to take it in today for the same issue, dealing with the transmission. At roughly 1000 miles, we took it back to the dealership in knoxville TN due to a studdering when coming to a stop, putting the car in park and when taking off from a stop. We was told this was due to the new transmission in the 2013 and the car was trying to get in the best gear for the most efficient gas mileage. Came time for our 1st oil change at 3500 and we told them to check the studder again and was told that it was due to the transmission, but the computer would correct itself. We took the car back to the dealer at the beginning of sept and was given a rental for 2 days and was told the problem was due to the torque converter and they would replace the part. They also said the fixed the airbag recall at this appointment. After 2 days the part came in and the vehicle was returned in 4 days after the repair. On 9/26/13 the vehicle was still studdering when I came to a red light on a hill. The light turned green and I pressed the gas pedal and the car did not move, but the engine rpm moved. Then the car kicked into gear and moved. I came to another hill and the vehicle was barely able to make it up the hill. I called the dealer and they told me to bring it in on today, 9/27/13 to have it checked again. I am worried about the safety of my family due to these problems in the transmission. It was Thursday, September 26, 2013 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue happened.
#5 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The car was a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The VIN of this vehicle is 5N1AR2MN6D_. The vehicle would shudder and shake violently at low speeds - 17 to 25 mph. I was concerned that it would damage the vehicle and cause motor mounts and other parts to shake loose. I took the vehicle to a dealership in salisbury, MD while I was on vacation and they said they could not duplicate the condition. They sent me on my way with no corrective measures. (yet it did it all the way home) upon returning home I took it back to the dealership where I purchased the car. They were much more supportive and stated they were aware of the problem with 2013 Pathfinders and it would need a new torque converter and be reprogrammed. I left the car with them for over a week and they made the repairs. They stated they did not know if it would correct the problem. Upon getting the car back it no longer shook and vibrated at low speeds but instead it then shook and vibrated violently at mid speeds (40 to 50 mph). I returned it to the dealership and they determined it needed a whole new transmission. They kept it 10 days. . . Replaced the transmission. I picked it up 9/20/13. When I drove it home it would not go into gear. I had to shift it several times to get it to move out of neutral and finally it took hold. The following day it would not go into reverse. I was able to get it to connect after several attempts and drove it straight back to the dealership. I am back in a rental and have no idea what is going on with my vehicle. Perhaps the violent shaking is what is causing the transmission fluid lines to come loose. I feel this vehicle is not safe. This issue happened on August 1, 2013.
#6 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle involved was a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Problem 1: we bought the vehicle new in July. After about two weeks the car begin to shudder between 15-20 mph. It feels like we are driving over rumble strips. We took the car to the Nissan dealer where we purchased it. They said there was a campaign for the problem and would order a torque converter. We were told it was on back order. After two and half weeks the part was installed. The day we picked up the car it still had the same issues. We have notified the dealership of the continuing problem. Problem 2: the front passenger side airbag goes on and off randomly, turning off the airbag. We told the dealership when we brought it in for the shuddering. They said it was a weight limit issue and the way we sit. We told them it does it for our son who weighs 90 pounds and that we sit the same way every time. We also told them it does it for me off and on in the same day and that our weight doesn't fluctuate that much in the same day. We were told it tested fine, so it will not need repair. Just this morning I got in the passenger side the light was off, we went into a store and when I got back in the car the light was on. I have told the dealership about this again today. This automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred Thursday, August 8, 2013.
#7 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle involved is a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The VIN of the problem Pathfinder is 5N1AR2MM0D_. At speeds varing from 16mph to 40mph the vehicle can have a horrible shake. One way to discribe it is when you run over rumble strips at highway speeds. The vehicle did have the Nissan TSB repair performed which installed a new torque converter but this did not fix the issue. My wife will describe the shaking similar to when the engine on a manual transmission gets too low and the car shakes. I have not been able to determine a pattern to recreate the problem but it happens nearly every day. I have done multiple test drives with Nissan service personnel but was unable to "make it happen" when the person was in the car. I was told by one service personnel that they see this complaint mostly by women because men have a tendency to be more aggressive with the throttle. Since the shaking occurs at low rpm's and within that speed range, the only way I know to make sure it doesn't happen is to make sure the rpm's rise quickly above 2,000-2,500 rpm. It is not safe to be coasting thru town at 25mph then have to rev the engine just to maintain speed. . . I also do notice a lack of power or "transmission confusion" when the shaking occurs. Once the shaking starts, the way to stop it is to accelerate or let off the gas. Either way there is a lack of power, hesitation and ability to accelerate!. This issue happened on Jun. 19, 2013.
#8 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The VIN of this vehicle is 5N1AR2MN2D_. The reporting person owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that after refueling, the vehicle stalled and jerked when accelerating or decelerating at any speed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which located the failure at the torque converter. The torque converter was replaced however, the failure was not corrected. The manufacturer was not made aware of the failure. The approximate failure mileage was 600 and the current mileage was 4,000. It was Sunday, July 28, 2013 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.
#9 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle involved was a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. Vehicle shuddering. My 2013 Pathfinder has had transmission shuddering for the past 4 months with no resolution. I have made 4 trips (for the same complaint) with the following results. 1) Nissan knows of the problem, will be notified when a solution is found, last week of may 2013 2) unable to find issue June 2013 3) made a call to Nissan customer service and a new visit was scheduled, on third visit the problem was duplicated but was told to wait results on current vehicles having had their torque converter and transmissions being changed. 4) on the 4th visit 9/7/2013 (due to a new metal stress noise coming from vehicle at low speeds) after duplicating the issue was told that the noise is also coming from the transmission assembly and that dealer is waiting for fix from Nissan. Originally the only solution was offered to "push the gas pedal" to get out of the shuddering. As a driver you're not always able to just push the gas pedal, specially at the speeds that this issue happens, as you may have another vehicle in front of you. . . And other vehicles behind you may just increase their speed believing you're doing the same and may, as a result, rear end you, because your vehicle is slowing down instead of speeding up. Another major safety concern is the breaking down of a transmission, specially during cold winter months and since a fix is not yet available makes for a potential accident waiting to happen. Nissan does also say "they don't deal with lemon laws" and to other customers, have denied buybacks. As of September 2013 I have a vehicle with transmission shuddering, transmission metal noises (stress noises) and no solution. . . Which makes the number of attempts to bring the vehicle back for repairs useless because Nissan repair facilities are telling me "we have our hands tied". This issue happened on May. 25, 2013.
#10 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The car is a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. On June 15, 2013 my vehicle began shaking while I was driving it. I took in into the dealership that day. They said there was a recall on the torque converter so they replaced it. They called me 2 weeks later to come get my vehicle. Within the first day having it back it was shacking even worse like it was going to cut off. It scared me. I called dealership again they came and picked up the vehicle. After the dealership had my vehicle for several weeks they told me they had to replace the transmission. The 2013 Nissan Pathfinder's were reporting issues with them and I was told I wasn't the only owner going through this problem. I should call the corporate Nissan office and start a claim. I did so that day. I got a call saying my car was ready and they would drop it off to me. After two days of having my vehicle I had problem's once again. I was driving up onto my driveway and there was a incline. My engine made the noise like it was rearing up I tried it 3 times pushing down on the gas pedal and still nothing. So, I put it in park and called the dealership the next business day, they test drove it and found no problem's with it. Meanwhile I had a open case with Nissan to try and buy back my vehicle because I didn't feel safe in it with my 3 children. I heard back a couple days ago that my request had been denied. They have offered me 2 more years extension on my transmission warranty. I am extremely dissatisfied. This will be my 3rd Nissan owning and this is the first problem I have ever had. I am worried about this matter. I spend a lot of money for a vehicle and I expect to not get a lemon. I have been out of my vehicle since June 15 pretty much. I don't want to get stranded on the side of the road because my brand new vehicle is not reliable. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Saturday, Jun. 15, 2013.
#11 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
Consumer owns a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated that while driving approximately 12 mph and making a left turn, the vehicle became hesitant while attempting to accelerate. The vehicle was taken to the dealer for diagnosis. The technician stated that the torque converter would have to be replaced. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The vehicle was not repaired. The VIN was not available. The approximate failure mileage was 100. The failure date was Jul. 9, 2013.
#12 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
The reporting person owns a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. The contact stated was driving 40 mph when the vehicle began to hesitate and shake abnormally. The vehicle then independently shifted out of gear and stalled. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where a diagnostic was performed, which identified the failure as the radiator coolant penetrating the transmission. As a result, the transmission would downshift with abnormal force. The dealer advised the contact that the radiator, torque converter and the transmission needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 107,000. It was Thu., Nov. 1, 2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.
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#13 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle having this issue was a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. When I had my new car for only two weeks, while driving on side streets, I started to hear rumbling like I was going over rough road or a warning strip at random times when I accellerated. Then it also happened when I tried to accelerate on the parkway. When I called the dealership, they stated that they had no idea what I was talking about. Told me to bring the car in a week later when they had a loaner car available. I took it on on june12th, and they still stated they did not know what the problem was. I started to research and found out that this is a common transmission problem in the 2013 Pathfinders. When I told them I knew this was a common transmission problem, the dealer is still stating they know nothing about it, but now want to replace my torque converter when they get the part that is currently not available. I called Nissan and have asked for a refund of my money. I do not want a brand new car with transmission problems! I can't use it to tow my boat and am afraid to go any long distances. They still have not called me back. How can they continue to sell this car when there are nationwide problems with this transmission?. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 05/31/13.
#14 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2013 Nissan Pathfinder
The car involved was a 2013 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5N1AR2MM1D_. When my vehicle is not experiencing shuddering at either 10-20 mph or 40 mph, it will exhibit a new condition at those speeds. Currently I am seeing the engine rev up 300-500 rpms prior to the torque converter locking up and a loss of acceleration (feels hesitant) until the engine rpms return to the lower level they were at prior to the rev up. My service rep said he did not reprogram the transmission controller so this may be a "learned condition" to offset the shuddering I had been and still do experience. This issue happened on May. 15, 2013.
#15 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle having this issue was a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Nissan Pathfinder is 5N1AR18W15_. The transmission started slipping/not responding/hesitation/car 'shaking' when shifting, etc so we took it to a Nissan dealer to ask what happened. They said the radiator fluid leaked into the transmission and pretty much destroyed it. I asked if they had seen this before or if there was a recall for it and they said they had not seen it nor was there a recall. I then called another non-dealer transmission center and they knew what the issue was before I even finished explaining. They said they get 2005 Pathfinders about 1 per week and currently had two on the lot -- all with the exact same issue. I called the dealership back with this info and they tried to act surprised but I could tell they knew exactly what was going on here. Here is a full (and better) description from a pending lawsuit on this problem with the vehicles like we (and so many others) experienced: "transmission failure caused by cracked radiators - faulty radiators are causing coolant to leak into and destroy the transmission. An alarming number of Nissan xterra, Pathfinder and frontier owners are stepping forward with stories about their cracked radiators which are causing coolant to leak into the transmission. Once mixed with the transmission fluid this lethal combination kills the valves, seals and torque converter -- rendering your entire transmission useless. This issue is currently contained to the 2005 model year, but we're keeping our eyes open for reports from other years. What's even more troubling is owners who have already had their transmissions "repaired" by an authorized Nissan dealer are still reporting catastrophic transmission failure. Through no fault of their own, Nissan owners who are out of warranty are left to cover the hefty repair bill, which can be over $4,500 when all is said and done. ". This problem occurred on Monday, April 2, 2012.
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#16 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
The car is a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. Driving the car as I normally do and felt the transmission slipping and acting funny car lost power on hwy took to an aamco transmissions mechanic and was told that the radiator coolant leaked in to transmission. So to get it fixed had to rebuild transmission,new torque converter and new radiator. I see too many people having the same problems and Nissan dose nothing to fix the problem you call them and they brush you off. Mean wail everyone is spending any-ware from $5000 to $7000. Could this get looked in to?. This issue happened on Mar. 5, 2012.
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#17 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2007 Nissan Pathfinder
The car involved is a 2007 Nissan Pathfinder. While driving with the ac on, my vehicle started to blast out hot air through the vents and overheat. My car has never ran hot before, I haven't had any problems since I've had it. I was able to pull over safely and let the car cool down. My husband removed the radiator cap and noticed a milky liquid in the radiator. We had to have the vehicle towed to a mechanic shop and they notified us of the recall on the Nissan (2005-2010 models) radiators. They said that it was a common problem that they have been seeing where the coolant mixes with the transmission fluids and cause a major repair problem. We have been told that the radiator, transmission, transmission kit, throttle, vial body, and torque converter will have to be replaced. I feel petrified to know that Nissan knew about this existing problem but refused to have these issues repaired rather than taking the easy way out and extending the warranty. We bought our truck brand new from the Nissan dealership and we also paid for the 5yr/100,000 mile warranty. I have had my truck for 5 yrs and 2 mths, something should have been done about this. We the consumers have trusted this brand for many years and we depend on our vehicles on a daily bases. My family and I were all in the vehicle when the incident happened we could have been seriously harmed in a high risk situation. We had the 90,000 mileage maintenance completed where they flushed the radiator, changed the transmission, & etc. And everything was fine. My husband have always taken my car in for timely maintenance and no one has ever mentioned the radiator issues. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on 07/22/12.
#18 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
The car was a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. On 2/1/12, I had one incident when my car was stopped and when I accelerated and it gave me a push/pull slow to move. On 2/2/12 the same thing occurred multiple times. My check engine light eventually came on and then my car eventually would not accelerate after being stopped. I towed it to midas, who said they were unable to fix it. I brought it to lee miles transmission and they told me the radiator fluid mixed with antifreeze fluid causing corrosion and contamination within the transmission. I picked it up on 2/6/12 and it was fine driving home. While on my work on 2/7/12, the same problem occurred in which I was not able to accelerate. I had it towed back to lee miles and it's possibly the torque converter that was replaced with the transmission. It was 02/02/2012 when this automatic transmission torque converter issue occurred.
#19 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2006 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle was a 2006 Nissan Pathfinder. About 10,000 miles ago I noticed a vibration at 40 and 60mph. I took it to a local dealer who replaced two u joints and sent me on my way. Well, vibration is back, not only that now that it is winter, my vehicle wont warm up from an idle. It never blows hot air. These are a couple of symptoms that going forward show the radiator leaking into the transmission causing damage to the gaskets, seals,gears, torque converter. Please help the radiator obviously need replacing but not only that the transmission is messed up and stalls out now from time to time. It is really expensive to replace and should be covered under a recall program so it forces Nissan to recall just the radiators beofre they start leaking. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Wednesday, December 14, 2011.
#20 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle is a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) was 5N1AR18W25_. A cracked radiator caused coolant to leak into the transmission and mix with the transmission fluid. Once the coolant (antifreeze) entered the transmission it killed the valves, seals and torque converter and rendered the entire transmission useless. The failure date was Friday, December 23, 2011.
#21 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle's vehicle identification number (VIN) is 5N1AR18W65_. Several months ago, the Pathfinder started to pulsate while gaining speed. . . Dealer performed trans service, fixed problem for a few days. Pathfinder started pulsating again, even worse. Dealer advised torque converter was bad. . Second opinion mechanic advised radiator leaked into trans, and trans fluid leaked into coolant. Coolant destroyed transmission. Learned this has been a ongoing problem with Pathfinders for years, there is a weld inside the radiator that fails and the two liquids transfers. Why would the company design a radiator that has two liquids inside that can contaminate each other. This issue happened on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2009.
#22 - Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problem of the 2005 Nissan Pathfinder
The vehicle involved is a 2005 Nissan Pathfinder. The vehicle identification number (VIN) of this Nissan Pathfinder is 5N1AR18U75_. After transmission flush, transmission failed shortly thereafter. Replaced transmission June 2009. March 2010 had vibration problem and returned for transmission repair again. Second torque converter replaced. Within 1 week vibration issue returned. Dealer review confirmed that coolant from radiator had leaked into transmission and that radiator and transmission need to be replaced. This would be my second transmission, and third torque converter in less than a year, due to a faulty radiator used by Nissan in '05 & '06 models. This automatic transmission torque converter problem happened on Mar. 22, 2010.
Other Power Train related problems of Nissan Pathfinder:
|Problem Category||Number of Problems|
|Power Train problems||249|
|Transmission Fluid Leaking problems||118|
|Automatic Transmission problems||88|
|Transmission Failure problems||69|
|Vehicle Shudder problems||57|
|Transmission Gear Slipping problems||38|
|Automatic Transmission Cooler problems||32|
|Automatic Transmission Torque Converter problems||22|
|Transmission Noise problems||18|
|Transmission Shudder problems||18|
|Differential Unit problems||10|
|Automatic Transmission Control Module problems||8|
|Transmission Slip Out Of Gear problems||6|
|Noises During Shifting problems||5|
|Transfer Case problems||5|