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#1 Old 05-22-2010, 02:59 PM
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Murano Transfer Case Failure(s)

Last year, the transfer case on my 2004 Murano failed. The car was out of warranty, and Nissan refused to reimburse me, even though there are dozens of cases reported nationally.

Less than a year later, the new transfer case that Nissan installed is leaking. Nissan agreed to repair the problem, and replaced a seal on the transfer case.

One month later, Nissan has verified that the newest repair needs to be repaired again. The newly installed seal is leaking.

Nissan issued an advisory to its dealers describing this problem, and recommending that they only repair it under warranty.

I am very disappointed in the quality of the drivetrain of this vehicle, and am very uncomfortable driving it.
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Is there a possibility that the transfer case keeps leaking because of something wrong with the mating surface of the CVT? Something is fishy here...

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Sorry you didnt caught the leak before the warranty expired. MY '04 tc also leaked and took me several visits to the same dealer to try and convince them there is a leak--almost a year. Right before the warranty went out they agreed and changed the seals and so far no leak--that was < 2 years ago. Crossing fingers...

I am not surprised with the nissan service quality--Very Poor. The only time I paid for nissan service was a simple belt change and cost me triple because they damaged related parts. From $150---$430 after everything.

Anyways, atleast they are covering the cvt for much longer time. Just make sure you don't use your awd switch to avoid any tc issues.
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not to hi jack the thread but,
it seems that having a t-case failure before 100k is norm, my wifes has 73k on hers.
and i don't want to have to pull the sub-frame with the engine sitting on it out of the car in the driveway.. just to get to the t-case..
also it's an 04
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not to hi jack the thread but,
it seems that having a t-case failure before 100k is norm, my wifes has 73k on hers.
and i don't want to have to pull the sub-frame with the engine sitting on it out of the car in the driveway.. just to get to the t-case..
also it's an 04

Well if you catch the leaks early, replacing the seals is much less costly than replacing the entire case. The cases fail because they don't hold much oil to begin with, and a slow leak undetected over time can bleed the transfer case dry. Do regular inspections.

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so all the fluid runs out and it just smokes the hole t-case? and thats all everyone is complaing about?
maybe i'll have to figure out if i can fit a low oil sensor in there somewhere....
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Doubt you can. They don't hold much oil and have you tried filling on up? Its not fun...

Yeah i don't know what to say, these things just tend to leak after a while. No choice but to just replace all the seals especially the seal on the CVT. I've done plenty with good success.

But its not just nissan, guys. There are others out there. Volvo for example, has alot of issues with their transfercases (volvo calls them Bevel Gears) leaking.

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crawled under it the other night, after dark form my angle of dangle it looks like the sub-frame has to be pulled to get the t-case out or ami just crazy...
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Last year, the transfer case on my 2004 Murano failed. The car was out of warranty, and Nissan refused to reimburse me, even though there are dozens of cases reported nationally.

Less than a year later, the new transfer case that Nissan installed is leaking. Nissan agreed to repair the problem, and replaced a seal on the transfer case.

One month later, Nissan has verified that the newest repair needs to be repaired again. The newly installed seal is leaking.

Nissan issued an advisory to its dealers describing this problem, and recommending that they only repair it under warranty.

I am very disappointed in the quality of the drivetrain of this vehicle, and am very uncomfortable driving it.

I have a 2003 Murano AWD. I started to have a problem with it having no power sometimes after I stop. It just wouldn't move and then all of the sudden would "kick in" and take off. Didn't think much about it the first couple of time but then it started happening more often. I did some research online and found out it was possibly the CVT. Then, all of the sudden it started with a horrible clunking sound so I took it in to have it checked and yes, the CVT is going out and needs to be replaced (its not engaging and thats why it wouldn't go), but it turns out the clunking is the transfer case that gave out. I was pleased to see that Nissan had extended the warranty on the CVT because of all the problems they had with it but was not at all pleased that even though they have had just as many problems with the transfer case on the 2003 and 2004 models, they have refused to recall it or extend the warranty. I'm sure if you have had the same problem you know that the transfer case is pretty expensive to have replaced. Overall I have been very happy with my Murano but now its parked because I cannot afford to get the transfer case replaced so that I can get it to a dealer the have the CVT replaced under the warranty. I don't understand why Nissan will not fix this problem which they are very aware of especially considering the fact that they corrected the problem starting with the 2005 models. What about the others, if they know what a problem it is and what the expense is, I think it is wrong for them not to stand behind their vehicles and either recall the transfer case or extend the warranty on it. I purchased the vehicle used and am now making a car payment and insurance payment for a vehicle I cannot drive. I have owned other Nissan vehicle and have always been happy with them but I have to say, I am extremely dissapointed with this problem.
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Yes sadly the MO's Achille's heel is its transfer case and for that I stay away from pressing the AWD button and tend to check for leaks every time MO's on the lift. I doubt that Nissan will extend warranty on TC.

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everyone talks about the seals being the cause of the leak, how often should the seals be replaced as good insurance for the TC to not leak and blow

I had my TC fluids replaced a couple months ago would they have replaced the seals when they do that service?
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i loved my mo and still think about her, 04 SE,such a sweet ride, but between the CVT and transfer case kept worrying me too much so i got rid of her at 37k miles bought me an 07 v8 tundra but i still once in a while see my what used to be my MO around town,always wonder if he ever havo gone through transfar case or cvt problems.

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everyone talks about the seals being the cause of the leak, how often should the seals be replaced as good insurance for the TC to not leak and blow

I had my TC fluids replaced a couple months ago would they have replaced the seals when they do that service?
Probably not. Replacing the seals is a major undertaking. It's not necessary unless the TC is leaking. Just have your mechanic check for leaks everytime it's in for maintenance. That way you'll catch it early and hopefully avoid damage to the TC and CVT.

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Most tranfer cases only have to have the fluid drained then refilled with new fliud. On very rare cases I have seen the chain stretch or break. I my self have not seen that much go wrong with that auto repair.
Just FYI the Murano Transfer Cases do not use a chain, they're gear driven.

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everyone talks about the seals being the cause of the leak, how often should the seals be replaced as good insurance for the TC to not leak and blow

I had my TC fluids replaced a couple months ago would they have replaced the seals when they do that service?
Seals really shouldn't be replaced at any certain mileage however they may leak at some point, just keep an eye on them. Im sure they were not replaced during your service, all that was prob done was replacing the fluid however im pretty sure they woulda mentioned any leaks.

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