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1998 Pathfinder - Shifting Gears

1998 Pathfinder (automatic transmission) has a bit clunk when changing gears. Letting off on the gas suddenly results in what feels like a sloppy gear change.

Would this be a universal joint issue?

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  • geoandlou Aug 12, 2008

    my 98 pathfinder has a transmision clunk between first and second when engine cold,as soon as it warms up its hardly noticable

  • Anonymous Mar 26, 2014

    Changing gear is starting to get a bit of a jump when changing gears and the acceleration is slow at the start
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  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Trans mission goes into gears hard. Feels like the shift lever is dry in the linkage. Is this possible?

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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!

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