Common Infiniti Transmission Problems

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Where Transmission Complaints Happen

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Recent Transmission News

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  1. It's no secret that Nissan's Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) is a hot mess, but the automaker is trying to put out at least three fires by consolidating them into one, larger dumpster fire.

    Nissan has agreed to a settlement, pending court approval.

    "If the settlement agreement is finalized by the court, affected Nissan and Infiniti owners and lessees will receive a transmission software update and a warranty extension by 24 months or 24,000 miles. However, the warranty coverage affects only certain aspects of the transmissions and not the transmission control units.

    This is good news for owners, who have had CVT "belt slips," shuddering, jerking, and a general lack of support from Infiniti in the past.

    keep reading article "Nissan Agrees to Settle CVT Lawsuit for QX60 Owners"
  2. It's a two-part transmission recall for the 2014 Q50 Hybrid and Q70 Hybrid.

    First, software errors in the motor inverter and Transmission Control Module (TCM) are shutting down the electric motors. Thankfully, the cars don't depend on these motors at highway speeds. Second, manufacturing errors with the transmission housings mean 1,600 hybrids will need to have their transmission assemblies checked for cracks.

    The recalls are expected to begin in November 2014, for additional information including build dates, check

    keep reading article "Software Errors in the TCM Are Shutting Down Hybrid Electric Motors"
  3. Following a seven-month investigation into leaking transmissions NHTSA has ordered a recall

    ... just not for Infiniti. Sorry to bury the lead there. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration opened the investigation after complaints about leaking transmission fluid. The initial investigation included the 2013 Infiniti JX, but Nissan says only the Pathfinder needs to be recalled.

    The problem is the internal oil cooler hose detaches from the cooler, causing the transmission leak. That's something worth noting for JX35 owners who have this problem at a later date.

    keep reading article "JX35 Denied Recall After 7-Month Transmission Leak Investigation"
  4. It only took five complaints to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) for the agency to open up an investigation into transmission problems in the 2013 Infiniti JX and Nissan Pathfinder. OK, five complaints and a ton of early warning data submitted to Nissan.

    Owners complain their vehicles lose all power when the transmission fluid leaks out because the cooler line connection fails. Only five owners have complained about the problem, but NHTSA also spotted the problem in early warning reporting data submitted by Nissan.

    Turns out transmissions work better when the transmission fluid doesn't leak all over the ground, who knew? Well, Nissan for starters: Nissan [and Infiniti] knows there is an issue because they issued a dealer service bulletin in July of 2013.

    keep reading article "NHTSA Opens Investigation Into Leaking JX Transmissions"