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2004 Nissan Pathfinder SE manual transmision 4x4 50000k

There seems to be a loud "thunk" coming from either the transfer case or the transmission. It seems more likely to happen when I shift from reverse to first gear then on to second, during acceleration (1st and 2nd gear) the car seems to do sort of a wobble side to side, and then a loud clunk occurs along with a jerking motion as if the tires are trying to lock up. Following the thunk noise the wobble seems to go away. I tried to drive in 4x4 to see if it would happen and it did more frequently. It almost seems like to me that it’s switching from 4x4 to 2wd, back and forth. The truck still has a 30 day dealership and a power train warranty left on it. The only problem is what I tell the mechanics to look for; it doesn't seem to be a problem when they drive it. Its only happens sometimes. If this problem would have occurred when I test drove the car then I would have never bought it.

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  • jhonyb Nov 23, 2008

    I have the same problem but not as much noisy as you mentioned. Specially when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear, i hear a noise. It does not happen in the higher gears.

  • Anonymous Feb 02, 2009

    I also have this issue with my 04 Pathfinder, just found out the entire transmission needs to be replaced by Nissan - this is after a $2200 tranny computer one month ago. I am very disappointed in this aspect of an otherwise fine vehicle

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Take you vehicle to a nissan dealer as soon as possible because you could be having some major transmission problems. If you have vehicle warrent, see what it covers. Could be a costly repair.

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do not flush the trans, that will make it worse.
My friend you have no second gear, you need trans rebuilt.
If you flush it now you can cause more damage.

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If it is an automatic transmission it probably needs transmission fluid. If a standard shift check and adjust shift linkage.

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i have same issue... good luck to you and me we bought a car with so much unreliability. people have reported spending thousands on unusual repairs on this vehicle. oh god all i want to do now is sell it and get something that can be true to my wallet.

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