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#2107 of 2710 Altima troubleshooting..
Nov 19, 2007 (8:41 am)
I have a 2001 Nissan Altima GXE. It has been a great car, but lately I am having touble with the transmission (I think). In the morning when I first start it and it is still cold, it does not seem to engage first gear. It is has an automatic transmission and when I step on the gas it will rev, but not go anywhere. Then it will suddenly catch first gear and take off sqealing the tires. At first this was just a minor annoyance, but seems to be getting worse and can be a real danger when I am stopped at a stop light and can't go anywhere for a few seconds until first gear engages. Any help/advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
#2108 of 2710 Re: Altima troubleshooting.. [bhorroc]
Nov 19, 2007 (7:10 pm)
The first thing is to check the automatic transmission fluid level. This should be done with the engine warmed up, parked on level ground, hold the brake and move the gear selector to all positions, holding in each one for about 5 seconds. Then put the gear selector in park, remove and wipe the transmission dipstick, reinsert it all the way in, then pull it out and read the fluid level. The level should be where indicated for "hot" or "warm". Also be sure that the correct transmission fluid is in the the transmission, and if you have to add any, be sure it is the correct type. Check the recommendation on the dipstick or owners manual.
You have not indicated any service history. Has the transmision fluid been changed according to the manufacturer's recommendations? If not, but sure to have the transmission fluid and filter properly serviced. I prefer to flush and change my ATF every 30,000 miles.
You have not indicated the miles on the vehicle. If all of the above is done and ok, then the transmission may be suffering from some common "aging" aliments. With age and heat, the rubber seals inside the transmission begin to harden and lose their seal from time to time. This will eventually happen to most automatic transmissions, if nothing worst happens first. You can add some non-slip additive to the transmission fluid to see if it may help. I have had the best luck with LUCAS Transmission Stop Leak, a white plastic bottle with 24 ounces of red goo that seems to work really well. It is available at almost any auto parts store.
#2109 of 2710 2008 Nissan Altima Light on Dash ???
Nov 20, 2007 (2:40 pm)
I have a 2008 Altima , 1000 miles. Yesterday a light came on the dash that had not been on before and has not gone out.
It is up and right to the knob on the dash that controls the dash brightness. It would be in the one o'clock position. It looks like a little speedometer. It is round with a little hand and interval marks and about 4 hash marks below it. To describe it would be.. it looks like a little speedometer or tachometer. I have called 3 dealers, 2 don't know what it is or heard of it, the other said it would stay on all the time to show you were the dash brightness control knob was, well why wasn't it on before now.
Has anyone heard of this little icon? It is not in the owners manual.
#2110 of 2710 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Light on Dash ??? [bsmart]
Nov 20, 2007 (3:28 pm)
I think you mean the light like a lamp with exclamation mark in the middle? If it's, it's the tire pressure warning light.
#2111 of 2710 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Light on Dash ??? [gooddeal2]
Nov 20, 2007 (3:55 pm)
Hi, no it is not the tire pressure light, it doesn't have an exclaimation mark.
It is a round circle with interval marks that would be at the 1/4, 1/2, and 3/4 mark around the inside of the circle, with a little gauge hand, like a tach or speedometer hand and then four little straight marks below the circle.
#2113 of 2710 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Light on Dash ??? [bsmart]
Nov 21, 2007 (8:08 am)
I know exactly what you mean and spent about 30 minutes looking for the damn icon as you described. I does resemble the tire pressure warning light. I don't have my manual with me, but as I recall it had to do with the fact your dashboard lights are on. Mines on all the time now and I think I put 10,000 miles on my '07 before it ever came on! I have 14,500 now and haven't had any problems. I'll be happy to look it back up, but it is in your manual, and I think it has to do with brightness of dashboard and those controls. You're not going nuts, I know the icon and what you mean!!! Congrats on the '08 Altima!
#2114 of 2710 Re: 2008 Nissan Altima Light on Dash ??? [bv050506]
Nov 21, 2007 (8:34 am)
haha, i just found it. It's on page 2-30 (2007 Manual) but it might be the same for '08.
Nov 21, 2007 (3:01 pm)
About a month ago i started to notice that when ever i hit a small bump in the road the car feels as if the shocks are loosely attached to the vehicle, there is a loud deep rattle upon and after driving over any size bump. I took the vehicle in to a mechanic to have it checked out, and even after the so called bad bearing was replaced the problem perisited, help me please someone, because it literally feel like the wheel are about to fall off?