Hmmm. why not a computer reset? just curious...someone lead me in that direction which is why I'm asking that specifically. Let me give a few more details from the beginning: Last year it started shifting hard from 1st to 2nd...this went on for a while getting progressively worse and then began to shift harder from 2nd to 3rd...so I took it to a trans shop...(I know, I should have gone to the dealer...everyone reminds me of that). Anyway, they said the fluid smelled burned....then they looked at the inside of the trans and I believe rebuilt the gear(s)? replaced the torque converter and all the "soft" components and fluid and such. I picked it up and on the way home knew it wasn't right. It was actually worse than before but in different ways....it was vibrating when in gear at a stop (no vibration in neutral or park and idle is fine all the time) it was sometimes shifting better but not really and it was shifting later than it used to...So I took it back a had the technician ride with me. He agreed that it wasn't right. It shifted hard still from 1st to 2nd quite a bit and then to 3rd once in a while..but it still vibrated like crazy when in gear but at a stop...vibrating and pushing against the brake is the only way I can describe it in writing. SO, they put in a new torque converter and checked all the mounts, re-tightened what they thought could be the issue and even replaced the fly-wheel thinking maybe they damaged it incidentally. (They've been really good with me). BUT, it's still vibrating (not as hard, but it's doing it)...and it still just doesn't shift like it used to at all. Now, I can "drive it just right" and make it work perfectly, but I'm in traffic a LOT, so it's accelerating quickly, stopping quickly and creeping along a lot....and it sometimes just clunks into gear...it's always vibrating the car (when in any gear) and it just seems to shift later than it ever did. I bought the car from my Mom and she was the 1st owner, and I had driven it a lot. I know how it's supposed to feel and sound. Like I said before, if I didn't know it had just been re-built, I would think something was going wrong with it. I hope this long, boring e-mail helps you with my diagnosis. I'm driving it, I don't feel unsafe, but I want to take it back to them one last time and maybe be able to offer some insight. Though, they really seem to know their stuff, they maybe just don't know Nissan as well as a dealership. Thanks so much.
Thank you for the response. I am taking it to the shop again tomorrow (Friday) morning to speak with them and take another ride to show them. I will confirm that they did or did not replace the solenoid pack and such. IF they say they DID replace, check or whatever the solenoid pack...please be thinking of what else could have gone wrong. The technician seems very capable and educated if this is typically what goes wrong, I couldn't imagine that he didn't think of it. Now that you've said the solenoid pack...it sounds familiar, but I am not mechanically minded, so I will make the confirmation. I feel you have given me a good answer and that answer I will confirm payment and positive feedback. I just would like to speak with them tomorrow get whatever further info I can. if we're done, we're done, if not, I will surely add a bonus for additional information. Thank you.
I checked with the transmission shop. they replaced all of the solenoid stuff. So that's not it. :( It's going back to them tomorrow for one last try. over the weekend, it also started slipping when just driving at a steady speed...so now it's shifting hard from each gear, vibrating at idle and slipping occasionally. I am not happy. If you have any further information or ideas, I'd love to hear them, but I will click the accept button below.