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Nissan maxima transmission problem

My car keeps getting stuck in 5th gear and I have to stop and turn the car off to get it out. WTH is this.

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My 2004 nissan maxima was doing the same thing when i took it to the nissan place they said it was the tranmisson.they was wrong i change the cam sensor the part number is css1595 and unplug the battery 5 mins.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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Hi,
you could have a busted motor mount and or binding of the shift linkage, you could do some self diagnosis by putting the car up on stands and studing the underside area, check on the sides of the engine and up around where the shifter linkage for signs of abnormal wear (shiny metal areas). If you cant figure it out you might try to get ahold of the nissan dealership and ask to talk to a mechanic in the service department. They might be able to help. If all else fails call around for a reputable transmission shop in the area. Hopefully its minor, good luck
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Posted on Jul 15, 2009

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This is most likely one of your cam shaft sensors. The reason your transmission goes to 5th gear and stays there is because the car automatically goes into "safe mode". This prevents you from running the car on high RPM's which decreases the chance of causing more damage to the engine.
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