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2004 maxima - transmission stuck w/engine shut off

Similar or same problem...was on freeway and car jerked with thud then shut off...started it up again and seemed like I was stuck in a higher gear than first...went to manual from automatic and seemed better...check engine light is now on...I let it sit while I went to lunch, now seems fine, for now...I went to the dealer for regular service and told him of the problem but they had no answer...this is the second time in a week, although this time the engine shut off...2004 with 75.5K this a sensor issue or a possible tranny replacement?

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  • gmblr67 Jul 09, 2009

    Well, I went to the dealer to diagnose the problem (did it free since they didn't find anything during a recent visit)...apparently it was a Cam Positioning Sensor issue...the notes on my work order say "P340 Cam Positioning Sensor Bank 2 found sensor open circuit intermittent"...I had it replaced and no issues so for those of you with the knowledge and ability on how to change (i don't), the part cost $90 (probably cheaper if you can find it online)...

  • gmblr67 Jul 09, 2009

    See Comment to original problem...I believe you were right that it was going to fail safe mode

  • gerry bissi May 11, 2010

    go to autozone & get free computer scan to see if trans has fault codes. May be going inot fail safe mode



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On maxima 04, Transmission works smooth for first 30 minutes then starts to **** or mak big CLUK! when decelerating, or even shift to D while parking.. with clear delay in shifting.. means you shift stick but takes 5 to 7 seconds for geaar to shift with bad sound and engine moves up & down hard

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It sounds like a tork conveter lockup switch, have the transmisson serviced oil and filter changed then and add Lucas transmisson treatment to help smooth out hte shifting pattern and stop the problem if there was drag on the clutches it may have stalled out.

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It sounds like your car has an intermittent open current feed problem. Has there been any electrical/component repair or replacement recently? If so, that would be a starting point for diagnosis. Sounds like an ignition switch type problem. If you had an intermittent battery connection, the car would continue to run from the alternator output, but would not cause the warning lights to go through their initial "bulb check" sequence. But if "on" voltage is lost at the ignition switch, or that circuit, it would.

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