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My son's 1996 Pathfinder gets very hot around the gear shift lever when traveling on the highway (RPM's around 3,000). It gets so hot that he says that he smells it and that it is too hot to touch. What is wrong? We took the center console out and looked around and didn't see anything obvious...there wasy no insulation between the tranny and the console cover. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

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The only things that would generate heat is the catalytic converter if somehow its close enough. When a car has a fuel control issue the catalytic will glow red hot and possibly smoke if any oils on it and will also smell just because of the high temps..

Best bet is to have it checked out. Make sure the tech drives the car with a diagnostic scanner so he can see if any data from the sensors are causing problems. This is about you only option without just guessing.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

  • jmarshall958 Jul 15, 2010

    So, would the heat be transferred up through the transmission to the shifter? To my knowledge, the catalytic converter is not right under the shifter, but forward somewhat and separated by the transmission, etc. Is that right?

  • Susan Price Jul 16, 2010

    I would be draining the trans oil and inspecting it. There really si no way for anyone to guess. If this is real then your best bet would be to have a mechanic drive it and see. Its possible you have an issue inside the trans like a bad bearing but I would suspect symptoms.

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