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When i drive off from a standing position, i have noticed a slight delay to the rear wheels indicated by a dull thud. Once the car is running, all the gear changes are normal, both up and down. But when i stop suddenly i can feel the same dull thud somewhere in the drive line. At first i thought it was the diff, but now i think it might be the auto, i have changed the oil in the g/box & diff, but the problem is still there......Any idea`s cheers Jim

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  • j_osborne007 Mar 11, 2011

    I`ll Check the engine and transmission mounts, I don`t think it`s the oil level even although the dip stick showed correct level, I added 100ml on two occassions, each time checking dipstick which showed little if any change in oil level.

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I think you better check the u-joins, and the only way to check them on a pathfinder is to remove the drive shaft. if the joints are ok, then suspect the planetary gear set in the automatic transmission, but i think it will be a u-joint.by the way if it is the planetary gear set you will have to have the transmission replaced or rebuilt....GOOD LUCK

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It may be a mechanical problem in the transmission, transfercase , driveshaft or differential but i would be suprised.Most of the componets if they have enough wear to cause slack would be making lots of noise.I would first suspect a broken motor or transmission mount or maybe a low fluid condintion in the transmission.Good Luck!

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