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Transmission issue after leak, help!

55k miles. I had the hose on the driver side going into the radiator (oil cooler outlet I believe) crack and leak a few quarts of trans fluid while driving. I limped about 3 miles home at 30 mph. Replaced hose at home, refilled with correct fluid from nissan. Checked level while engine running.

Level seems fine. Over 40 mph in any gear it seems and I get rev with no power to the wheels. Shifts from 3rd to 4rth (I think) very rough. I am uncertain what to check for. I really dont trust the dealer to give me an accurate answer.

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How much fluid did you have to put in it to get it full?


Should of had it towed. That is the return line if you are correct and even if it was the pressure line if you had a line blow best shut her down and call a tow. Those 3 miles might of smoked the trans.
 

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How much fluid did you have to put in it to get it full?


Should of had it towed. That is the return line if you are correct and even if it was the pressure line if you had a line blow best shut her down and call a tow. Those 3 miles might of smoked the trans.
I put 4 quarts in. I am not sure if I'm still covered under the 5 year/60k powertrain warranty or not. Its a 2012, door plate says 02/12. I bought it used, so I dont know the original purchase date. Perhaps if I'm lucky, it will still be covered.

However, I wonder if I replace the hose (which I did) if that voids the warranty. I could stick the leaking hose back on and tow it in and act none the wiser I suppose.
 

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I put 4 quarts in. I am not sure if I'm still covered under the 5 year/60k powertrain warranty or not. Its a 2012, door plate says 02/12. I bought it used, so I dont know the original purchase date. Perhaps if I'm lucky, it will still be covered.

However, I wonder if I replace the hose (which I did) if that voids the warranty. I could stick the leaking hose back on and tow it in and act none the wiser I suppose.
Not sure what to tell you about the warranty besides contact your local dealer and see if they can help you with that. If it is not under warranty maybe find a reputable transmission shop in your area and drive the truck there and have them preform pressure checks and give you an estimate on a rebuild.

Doesn't sound good from the amount of fluid you said you put in it and driving time. If it was in fact the return line and not having cool fluid cycled back into the transmission wouldn't take much to smoke some clutch packs together.

Symptoms have persisted and fluid level is on the mark?
 

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Not sure what to tell you about the warranty besides contact your local dealer and see if they can help you with that. If it is not under warranty maybe find a reputable transmission shop in your area and drive the truck there and have them preform pressure checks and give you an estimate on a rebuild.

Doesn't sound good from the amount of fluid you said you put in it and driving time. If it was in fact the return line and not having cool fluid cycled back into the transmission wouldn't take much to smoke some clutch packs together.

Symptoms have persisted and fluid level is on the mark?
It leaked sunday. Replaced line and refilled monday evening. Drove fine this morning on the highway, no issues. On the way home today it began exhibiting the issues described in first post. The issues I have now are not nearly as bad as it was when the leak occurred sunday. Fluid is on the mark.
 

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Limping home may have cost you a transmission. Running it super low on fluid opens the door for burnt clutches as the pump tries to keep pressure on things but can't quite do it.
 

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Limping home may have cost you a transmission. Running it super low on fluid opens the door for burnt clutches as the pump tries to keep pressure on things but can't quite do it.
It seems it might have. I organically thought it was power steering fluid since I couldnt see any of the hoses with the rock shield on. I stupidly thought that the fluid that sprayed on the belt and pullies was causing the slipping. After I returned home and removed the shield I was able to see it was the tranny.

Hopefully the truck was purchased after april in 2012, originally. If that is the case, I can slap the old hose on and tow her in for a warranty claim. I'll find out tomorrow when I call the dealer and ask if its still covered. Fingers crossed over here.
 

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Yeah, you smoked it. Don't feel bad, though. I smoked mine in less than half a mile of coasting after the over-revand a short stint of slight throttle to turn off the road. These Titans are tough as nails but the trans is sensitive to fluid loss. As soon as my 12mo/12k warranty is up on the trans line repair on my truck, I'll be bypassing and upgrading the lines to braided if I can get the right fittings.
 

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Yeah, you smoked it. Don't feel bad, though. I smoked mine in less than half a mile of coasting after the over-revand a short stint of slight throttle to turn off the road. These Titans are tough as nails but the trans is sensitive to fluid loss. As soon as my 12mo/12k warranty is up on the trans line repair on my truck, I'll be bypassing and upgrading the lines to braided if I can get the right fittings.
Lol, I feel pretty bad. In fact I feel a knot in my stomach since sunday. I have no idea how much it will cost to replace or rebuild. In either case, I am not certain how I will afford it as a new baby will be born in july. What a pain in the ***, and its all my own fault too. At least I've learned. Hopefully with a new trans my T will continue to serve for another 5+ years without issue. Though it may sit for some time before its fixed.
 

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Re: Transmission issue after leak, help!

Aye! It is only 2016. You should have another year if you are under 60,000 miles.
 
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Well, I replaced the damaged hose and towed the T to the dealer thursday morning. It is ready to go with a new hose and transmission, covered under the powertrain warranty. I will be picking up it tomorrow. I am quite shocked they were able to get the trans delivered and install in 2 days. We'll see whats what tomorrow I suppose. So far, I'm quite revealed!
 
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