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I have a 2005 CC Frontier now has 61,000 miles on it and the last week or so has been making a noise that concerns me a lot. I haven't had time due to work and schedule to take it anywere yet. When driving usually around 40 mph it makes a noise sounds like transmission or drive shaft area that rumbles and vibrates the entire truck. When it does this if you let off the gas a little or accelerate a little it stops. Does anyone have any idea on what this might be? I have the "Limited" power train warranty to 100,000 miles so hopefully it will cover what's wrong. Thanks in advance for the help.
 

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What would cause those two to cross? Why would it vibrate then stop? Also, expense in getting this fixed?
 

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Try turning overdrive off and see if it makes the same vibration. I think 2wdNismo is right though, The in-radiator trans cooler ruptured allowing the coolant to mix with the transmission fluid. Take it to a shop NOW and you may be able to save the transmission.
 

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Well I started 2 days ago turning the overdrive off when just driving around and when I get on interstate or going about 45 mph clicking on the overdrive. Since I have done this it hasn't made the noise not one time...haha so were do I go from here? keep doin that or get rid of it before something bad happens?
 

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Well first off, do you like the truck? How long could you see yourself keeping it if you didn't have the problem? If the awnser is not long, or your tired of it, just dump it. If you'd like to keep it, your best bet would be to do the radiator bypass http://www.clubfrontier.org/forums/f23/automatic-transmission-radiator-oil-cooler-bypass-42555/ Then have the transmission fluid flushed drive for a few days and have it flushed again. It will probably take a few fluid changes to get the water out. Finally, you will probably need a new radiator too.
 

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Well I think I have decided to keep my truck. Now the question is I know I am going to have to spend some money but how much? Anyone know how much its going to run me to get the coolant leaking into tranny problem fixed and everything drained and flushed? I am taking to dealership on Monday to let them diagnose but I have a friend that has a automotive shop that I will probably get to fix it if he can. Thanks in advance for your help.
 

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IF the problem is as the above people state do it immediately as the longer you drive it the more damage is done.
The big IF is since it hasn't been diagnosed I wouldn't panic yet.
Should this issue be a large enough issue then EVERYONE who has had this failure should all collectively contact corporate and make noise. The trans is covered to 60/100,000 miles and I don't care how it happened. Make them replace the trans FREE and I'd eat a radiator, but not both and preferably zero cost to me.

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I don't know maybe I didn't read something completely but I had something similar and it turned out to simply be a U-joint. I had to take it in and both u-joints on the rear driveshaft were gone. My truck did the same thing when driving, as long as there was no load/coasting or heavy load of accelerating it didn't make the noise or anything. Nissan's u-joints are not the best quality, even the guys at the dealership said so, but I have a 5/75000 limited powertrain warranty and it was covered on it....Definitely get it checked out soon though. Don't want you to end up like my buddy, his truck had an issue with the driveshaft/transmission and it literally FELL OUT while he was driving down the road.
 

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I have the 100,000 mile powertrain warranty with the dealership. Paid a litte extra to get it. I am taking it in asap on monday and I hope its covered under something. I love my truck but can't afford to sink a ton of money on it.
 

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If its under extended warranty have the dealer take care of these issues, you paid extra for it. Also, it could be something fairly simple like a ujoint, seems to be fairly common on these trucks. If your concerned its radiator / tranny fluid cross contamination pull the cap and look to see of its milky at all.

No need to get rid of it yet, seems that everytime I have a problematic vehicle that I sell after I fix its issues I find out its fine when I bump into the buyer years down the road.
 

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Well I took my truck to dealer today to diag. the problem. 2wd Nismo was right. coolant in tranny. tranny is destroyed, radiator destroyed. and on top of that the fuel sensor in gas tank is bad. tranny was $4,500 dollars and $1,300 for radiator, flushing all the lines, and fuel sensor. Luckily the 100,000 mile warranty covered the tranny but not the other crap. So I will get away with payin $1300. Alot of money to me but got to do somethin...haha They are giving me a car to drive as well and were nothing but nice and explained everything in detail. Tri cities nissan did very well.
 

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Well I took my truck to dealer today to diag. the problem. 2wd Nismo was right. coolant in tranny. tranny is destroyed, radiator destroyed. and on top of that the fuel sensor in gas tank is bad. tranny was $4,500 dollars and $1,300 for radiator, flushing all the lines, and fuel sensor. Luckily the 100,000 mile warranty covered the tranny but not the other crap. So I will get away with payin $1300. Alot of money to me but got to do somethin...haha They are giving me a car to drive as well and were nothing but nice and explained everything in detail. Tri cities nissan did very well.
Glad you got something covered. I have the extended as well, but I think it is crap you get stuck with that kind of bill, when Nissan is at fault on the tranny/radiator to start with. And why isn't a fuel sensor covered? :thatswck:Seems like the extended warranty is almost a joke in some ways. I'll bet anything the new trucks have the same probs down the road. We know the timming chain prob is still with us. I think only a very loud & collective noise from truck owners is going to make a difference. Most new buyers have no idea what might be lurking down the road for them, with these trucks untill its too late. If I sound a little bitter on it, its because I am.(see my posts) I'm mad for you. If your like me you could use that money on something else. And that you have fairly low miles just adds insult to injuy. Good Luck!!
 

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Glad you got something covered. I have the extended as well, but I think it is crap you get stuck with that kind of bill, when Nissan is at fault on the tranny/radiator to start with. And why isn't a fuel sensor covered? :thatswck:Seems like the extended warranty is almost a joke in some ways. I'll bet anything the new trucks have the same probs down the road. We know the timming chain prob is still with us. I think only a very loud & collective noise from truck owners is going to make a difference. Most new buyers have no idea what might be lurking down the road for them, with these trucks untill its too late. If I sound a little bitter on it, its because I am.(see my posts) I'm mad for you. If your like me you could use that money on something else. And that you have fairly low miles just adds insult to injuy. Good Luck!!
It depends on what extended service plan you got, mine will cover everything right down to the belts and hoses. I've used it for window regulator, window motor, fuel sending unit, tailgate hinges, air/fuel ratio sensor, etc. If you find a good dealer, they will honor the service plan that you paid for.
 

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And another one bites the dust... (radiator/tranny that is...)

The FSU is not part of the tranny/radiator cross contamination and you could have done it later or yourself for a lot less money, I think its under $100. As for the radiator I would have told the dealer to take a hike and if they were not going to pay for it. I would tell them to step aside and I would order my own for $140 shipped (online) and drop it in and have it towed back to the shop to wrap everything up the tranny.

Sounds like the dealer is being nice, but they are also making lots of money.
 

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It depends on what extended service plan you got, mine will cover everything right down to the belts and hoses. I've used it for window regulator, window motor, fuel sending unit, tailgate hinges, air/fuel ratio sensor, etc. If you find a good dealer, they will honor the service plan that you paid for.
I didnt know better at the time that I bought my truck. I can promise you that I will be getting that warrenty (the everything warrenty) on my next truck no matter what it is. (probably a Toyota Tundra MEGA cab)
 

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Well they called me about 4 today and said my truck was ready...is it possible for them to do fuel thing tranny and radiator stuff in three days? Just thought it was kinda fast. Going to get it now.
 

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Damn, my truck did the samething about 2 weeks ago and started doing it yesterday. it was at 40mph and around 1250-1500rpms. when i realeased the throttle the truck shook even more, but today i was driving around trying to find it, it wasnt doing it??? does this make it a recall?
 
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