The Nissan Maxima was equipped with the RE0F09B, the RE4F04A, the Aisin Warner AW55-50SN and most recently later models have the Nissan CVT transmission. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Maxima transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.
Nissan Maxima Transmission Models
Nissan Maxima Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate
Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.
Replacement Nissan Maxima Transmission Prices:
|Transmission||Street Smart Transmission||Autozone||Advance Auto Parts||Dealer Retail|
What are the DTC codes related to Nissan Maxima transmission problems?
|U1000||Cannot Communicate with TCM / Class 2 Communications Failure|
|U0402||Invalid Data Received From Transmission Control Module|
|P0703||Torque Converter/Brake Switch B Circuit|
|P0705||Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)|
|P0710||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit|
|P0714||Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit Intermittent P0715|
|P0715||Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0720||Output Speed Sensor Circuit|
|P0725||Engine Speed Input Circuit|
|P0730||Incorrect Gear Ratio|
|P0740||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction|
|P0744||Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent|
|P0745||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A'|
|P0746||Pressure Control Solenoid 'A' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0776||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Performance or Stuck Off|
|P0778||Pressure Control Solenoid 'B' Electrical|
|P0840||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch A|
|P0841||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch A Circuit Range/Performance|
|P0845||Transmission Fluid Pressure Sensor/Switch B Circuit|
|P0868||Transmission Fluid Pressure Low|
|P1705||Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction|
Nissan Maxima Transmission Recalls
Nissan Maxima Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)
Common Nissan Maxima Transmission Problems
Vehicle will not move forward when the shifter is placed in the Drive position – RE0F10A CVT transmission
Problem – After placing the vehicle in Drive, it may refuse to move as if the transmission is slipping or cannot engage forward gear.
Solution – The problem could be as simple as low CVT fluid or a failed speed sensor. However it can also be failed transmission pump or forward clutch.
Erratic Shifting / Loss of Forward Gears: If you’re experiencing AW55-50SN transmission problems like slipping, erratic shifting, or failed gear engagement, the causes could range from a failed AW55-50SN solenoid / AW55-50SN-HD solenoid, to a AW55-50SN torque convertor issue.
Loss of 4th Gear and/or Reverse: Another common AW55-50SN problem is an inoperable fourth or reverse gear. These issues are often caused by design flaws in the Reverse Boost Valve, channel plate, and stripped splines on the 4th gear clutch hub shaft.
Lack of Response
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light
Can I drive with a transmission problem?
If your Nissan Maxima can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.
How often does a Nissan Maxima transmission need to be replaced?
The overall lifespan of a Nissan Maxima transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation, along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Nissan Maxima transmission last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.
How are Nissan Maxima transmission issues diagnosed?
It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Nissan Maxima transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.
How is a Nissan Maxima transmission replaced?
In order to replace your Nissan Maxima transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed. Once it is in place, for the 6L80, the vehicle PCM will have to be reprogrammed / reflashed to accept the new transmission using the latest GM subscription.
Recommendations for Nissan Maxima transmission issues?
To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Nissan Maxima transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.
How to Solve Nissan Maxima Transmission Problems
Solution A: Buy a Used Nissan Maxima Transmission
The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.
Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Maxima Transmission
Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.
Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Maxima Transmission
Many owners depend on their vehicle to commute and get things done. Their gasoline engines are designed to go 100’s of thousands of miles, so it makes sense to invest in a remanufactured transmission.