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2000 Nissan X terra shifts hard into 3rd gear also takes a

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2000 Nissan X terra shifts hard into 3rd gear also takes a bit to shift. Dealership says it needs new transmission for $3000
Submitted: 3 months ago.
Category: Nissan
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

Hello, I'm Brandon - Nissan tech.

It sounds to me the valve body inside the transmission if failing.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
I questioned that and they said no. I got it and serviced transmission, fluid was black like motor oil and smelled burnt
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Also when I pulled pan off it was clean, no shavings of any kind
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

The common issue for these Nissan is that the transmission cooler can crack and leak coolant into the transmission.

Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

If the transmission is black that means the clutch pack is flaking off the surface material.

Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

When the clutch pack is deteriorating it will just get worse as time pass and shift much harder.

Please rate me positive, thank you.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
What can be done to repair issue
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

You have the two option.

The easy way and the best solution is to change the entire transmission with a rebuilt one.

The harder way is to change out the clutch pack only.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Do I also need to change Radiator
Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Would several more transmission services help, including those magic
transmission fluids
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

I want you to take a look at the coolant in your radiator. Does it look like brown or black if do then you will also need to change the radiator and flush out the system. If the coolant is OK then leave it alone.

No, those magic transmission fluid solution won't help.

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Customer: replied 3 months ago.
several more services wont help. They want $3000 to do the job
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

Yes, they are within the price range. It is about $2500-$3000 for the complete job.

Customer: replied 3 months ago.
Last question, If I change valve body and radiator will that help buy me a little time
Expert:  internal88 replied 3 months ago.

No, the main problem is the clutch pack that is causing the harsh shift feel.