It appears that I've created a problem in an attempt to avoid problems.
I have a 99 Maxima with 130K on it. A month ago I replaced the
transmission fluid at the dealer, a simple drain/fill. Noticed a
marked improvement in vehicle performance so I was pretty happy. (the
previous change was done 3 years ago, a bit long)
Planning a road trip around Christmas, so I thought I'd do another
drain-fill since supposely the previous one only replaces about 30%. I
heard about the bad stories with tranny flush so I only want to do a
bought 4 QTs of Nissan ATF fluid at the dealer, and went to a local
shop to have them replaced it. They put in about 3.5 QT. I noticed
nothing out of the ordinay and the vehicle seemed even lighter on up
Yesterday morning the dreaded moment occured. I was backing out of the
garage, and noticed the car 'pinged' once (lack of a better word). The
feeling is like when you switch from neutral to drive, the
transmission puts into gear and there's a sutble vibration, only just
slightly more amplified.
I put on Reverse, pressed the gas paddle slightly to back out. Once
the car starts to move slightly, it happened. I was like, what was
that? After I backed out and put into D, it happened again.
Once the car is moving, it drives normally.
Is this the dreaded transmission slipping? I don't feel a lack of
power at various driving speeds, only initial startup, and after the
car warms up it doesn't happen.
This morning it seems to happend again. I checked the ATF level with
the car idling after a 5 min local drive to Costco, it was about 20%
at the min-max level. After I got home I added some more fluid and now
it's about 90-95% max level.
Did the transmission fluid change did something bad? This is a simple
drain/fill with nothing else using Nissan OEM fluids. I've never had
any transmission issues in the past.
If it is a slipping, now serious is it? the 1k mile trip is in 5 days
so I need to figure something out fast. ;)