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How do I check the transmission fluid?

Pathfinder is revving high in first gear and taking a long time cut out with low power to get moving. It's an automatic trans. How do I check the trans fluid? Just had this problem worked on, now it's happening again. Doesn't appear to be leaking. No puddles on ground.

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SOURCE: 1998 Pathfinder - Shifting Gears

Could be a CV (Constant Velocity) joint, but they usually show as clicking noise when turning at the limits. Possible bad engine/transaxle mounts or bad modulator valve or leaking / disconnected vacuum line to same or manifold absolute pressure (MAP) sensor. If the transmission is computer controlled, the computer replaces the modulator valve which controls when & how firmly or gently gear changes are made... and, of course, it could just be good old-fashioned wear & tear. A tranny fluid/filter service sometimes works wonders in this area also.
As always, a reputable automotive tech is your best source of what's happening with your problem. Good luck!

Posted on Jun 02, 2008

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Rebuild!  Take to local tranny shop!

Posted on Sep 08, 2008

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The cap your reffering to is the dip stick. You need to remove the 10mm bolt that holds it in order to check/fill the trans. The trans takes Nissan J Matic fluid ONLY use of any other fluid will damage the trans and void your warranty(this is why it is bolted in). You will see it printed on the handle of the stick when you remove it. You can use the drain plug on the trans pan to drain the old fluid out and then refill it at the tube with a funnel.

Posted on Sep 16, 2008

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SOURCE: 1996 Nissan Sentra Idles Roughly, Cuts Off, Engine Light Stays On

if this is an automatic there will be a dip stick if it is a manual you do not use transmission fluid to find out what sencor is bad take car to advance auto parts they have a digatal reader and can tell wou what sencer went bad and where it is located

Posted on Dec 05, 2008

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SOURCE: no reverse gear - auto trans

Hi mjpgd,
I have the same problem on my 96 Pathfinder. I just spoke with a mechanic who said this is most often due to a knicked seal in the rear part of the transmission. The leak results in pressure loss, making the system reluctant to shift into reverse. He said the fix is replacing the seal. The part lists at approx $200 Canadian ($190 USD), but unfortunately it takes lots of labor. The whole transmission needs to be removed and taken apart to replace the seal. The total bill is esitmated at $1500 Canadian. Youch. I'm not sure if I'll proceed with the repair, given the age of the vehicle.

Posted on Sep 22, 2009

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