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Hey Titan owners.

I apologize if someone has already discussed this but I am in a huge delimma right now. My truck is a 2006 King Cab 4x4, with 89,000 miles and I have to go to work on Monday. Today, my transmission's gear shifter locked up on me.

This evening when I got in my truck it would not shift out of park. I read my owners manuel and learned that I could manuelly override my gear shifter with a screw driver. When I did this, my truck shifted into drive w/o a problem. However; my truck will not shift without the use of the screwdriver now. If I am in park it won't shift to drive.

If I am in drive, the truck won't shift into neutral or reverse w/o the screwdriver. When in reverse, I can't shift without the screwdriver either.

My transmission seems fine when pulling out, backing up, etc. (except for the fact that I have to use the screwdriver.)

A little history about my truck: I had the transmission flushed at the Nissan dealership about three months ago. Also, I just purchased an ultralight camper. (6,200lbs.) I have pulled the camper one time. (approx. 130 miles round trip.) I do not regularly haul with my truck and I take very good care of my Titan.

When the shifter locked up today, I had a load of wood loaded into the bed of my truck. A tree needed cut in my back yard so I decided to cut up the tree and haul it to my neighbor for extra firewood. Even after I unloaded the firewood, the gear shifter would not move without using the screwdriver.

Is my truck's transmission shot? If so, should I "upgrade" to a heavier duty transmission? Where would I get something like this done? Or, is there something else going on with my truck?

Anyone have an idea of how to fix my problem?
 

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No clunking noises coming from the transmission when you shift? It may just be wiring issues with the harness in the console itself, the reason why I say this is because I just recently converted my 2004 from a column shifter to a center console shifter and the wiring is very delicate. Pop open the center console and take a look inside, perhaps the coil solenoid has gone bad which is not allowing you to shift the truck. The design between the column and console shifters are practically identical, and it could very well be an electrical issue more than a mechanical issue inside the transmission itself.
 

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Sounds more like the solenoid that operates to lock and unlock that shifter is either dead, or isn't getting input from the brake pedal. Might check the wiring up at your brake pedal and make sure you haven't had a connector come loose. You should be able to feel and hear that solenoid through the shifter as it actuates. If you can't that's probably the place to start trouble shooting.
 

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Sounds more like the solenoid that operates to lock and unlock that shifter is either dead, or isn't getting input from the brake pedal. Might check the wiring up at your brake pedal and make sure you haven't had a connector come loose. You should be able to feel and hear that solenoid through the shifter as it actuates. If you can't that's probably the place to start trouble shooting.
I figured I had the right idea! :teethmast:
 

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Sounds more like the solenoid that operates to lock and unlock that shifter is either dead, or isn't getting input from the brake pedal. Might check the wiring up at your brake pedal and make sure you haven't had a connector come loose. You should be able to feel and hear that solenoid through the shifter as it actuates. If you can't that's probably the place to start trouble shooting.
Thanks for all of the help everyone.

I actually checked the wiring and I found a fuse blown for the "stop light." I replaced the fuse and everything is working fine for now. I haven't driven the truck today because I didn't remedy the problem until late last night. I am hoping this will cure the problem w/o any further work needing done.

Once again, thanks everyone.
 
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