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1993 Nissan Altima Gearshifter or Transmission problem

1993 Nissan Altima with 158,000 miles. Problem: Gearshifter and Transmission

Problem #1: I have a problem that I'm noticing with gearshifter when starting the car. Sometimes when the car is in the Parked ''P'' position it will not start. If I press the gearshifter forward, it starts! Sometimes that doesn't work. So...I put the car into Neutral ''N'' position, then it starts. I figure this must be a sensor problem or linkage adjustment, but I'm not sure? Need help on fixing the problem since I'm a Shade Tree mechanic, someone with Nissan experience, please.

Problem #2: Transmission loads up well in idling position. If I'm sitting, while the car is running in Drive ''D'' position for long period of time, and then press the accelerator, the car does not move and transmission does not engage. Then suddenly, out of nowhere the transmission engages with the increased rpm, and jumps into gear jerking the car forward. I've cleaned the transmission screen and replaced fluid, but it still does this. I drive the car everyday, and have had it for 15 years. Is there something I can do to fix this. Your advice and help is appreciated. Navy Sailor on a fixed income.

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Sounds like a neutral safety switch in problem #1 and a sticky or faulty solinoid in problem #2
The tranny has quite a few solinoids that are electronic which sometimes burn out or fail with high mileage.
Hope this helps
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Sam

Posted on May 12, 2009

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