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Old 12-03-2017, 02:42 PM
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My Daughter came home from college last week and her 2001 SE v6 had an issue with going into drive. I could shift it into reverse and it would engage right away. Though when shifting into drive, it would take about 5 seconds before it engaged. The fluid level was good and no codes were thrown.

So she texted my wife a few days ago while we were on a cruise and said it would not go over 50MPH now. It still took about 5 seconds to engage into drive also. So I suggested that she take it to one of the oil changing places right away and have them change the transmission fluid and filter. I really couldn't do anything as we were gone on the cruise and that seemed like the first thing to do. We have had the Xterra since it was brand new and the fluid and filter has never been changed in the 16 years.

So she is supposed to take it tomorrow to get both changed. Does anyone think that should do it for her or do you fell there is something else that you have seen that is the problem?

Her college is 4 1/2 hours away, so to bring it back, I would have to haul the lowboy up there to load it up and trailer it back for me to work on it here. Unless it would be an easy fix that I could take the right tools up there to fix it.
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Old 12-21-2017, 02:13 PM
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Jatco automatic transmissions don't really have a "filter." They only have a screen and the logic is that if there is enough debris in the fluid to clog the screen, then the transmission is in need of an overhaul, not a service. It probably would have been a good idea to have serviced the transmission fluid, which is conventional-type Dexron ATF, at least once in a while over the last 16 years; a drain and fill every 30,000 miles is recommended. One really can't be sure without doing the proper diagnostics, but by my experience and your description of the symptoms, it doesn't sound very good at all.
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We went ahead and bought a used transmission and had it shipped to them. They serviced it, checked it out and installed it. Daughter drove it home yesterday from college and it is running great now.

While they had the old one out, they replaced the oil pan gasket and all heater hoses.
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