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Hello All,

Took my 2004 SL AWD into the dealer for my 11,200 service which I had 10, 850 on it. The lead tech found a trans leak. Acoording to him it was a seal but if it wasn't a seal he would replace the trans. This was Monday. There is alot of stuff to remove if you need a trans replacement or seal replacement. So yesterday I stopped by and come to fine out it was not the trans it was the gearbox for the AWD in the front that had a "GOOD LEAK" according to them...?? To change this seal they dropped my engine out of the MO I almost dropped to the floor.

They took everything out of the MO. took off grill, radiator, airbox. bottom subframe and struts everything to drop the engine. I get to pick it up today so I will keep you AWD drivers informed after I pick it up.
 

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This sounds like the leak tha I found when I changed my oil a few months ago. I was surprised that they had to do all that removal work before they got to the leaky part on your Mo.

My leak was right over the flexiable steel hose for the exhaust pipe below the engine and the mech said to me that the transaxle for the AWD was almost empty when he got it out. I thought it was a leaking engine oilseal that was leaking. It only took 2 hours for the repair, somehow it sounds like your repair took a lot longer that that.
 

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Hello All,

Took my 2004 SL AWD into the dealer for my 11,200 service which I had 10, 850 on it. The lead tech found a trans leak. Acoording to him it was a seal but if it wasn't a seal he would replace the trans. This was Monday. There is alot of stuff to remove if you need a trans replacement or seal replacement. So yesterday I stopped by and come to fine out it was not the trans it was the gearbox for the AWD in the front that had a "GOOD LEAK" according to them...?? To change this seal they dropped my engine out of the MO I almost dropped to the floor.

They took everything out of the MO. took off grill, radiator, airbox. bottom subframe and struts everything to drop the engine. I get to pick it up today so I will keep you AWD drivers informed after I pick it up.
Sounds like you have a cracked transfer case. I had the same problem which started last December. First, they dropped the motor to change the seals inside the tranny. The leak was worse after this, so they changed out the transfer case under the TSB. I took it back a third time (still leaking) and the dealer said there was nothing more they could do.

Time for a lemon letter....dispatched the letter, and Nissan responds that this doesn't qualify as a lemon, but they will assign a Dealer Specialist Technician to look it over. By this time, I'm fed up with the dealer and switched to a different one. The specialist confirms the problem and has the transfer case replaced. He also noted that the first dealer didn't install the previous transfer case correctly and apparently damaged it in the process.

Now after getting a third transfer case, it still leaks and now there is a judder at very low speeds (CVT is also shifting strangely too). Back to the dealer and the specialist). They confirm the judder problem, but can't explain why it's happening other than the possibility that it's related to whatever the first dealer did in their lame (my description) repair attempts.

So, now I've got a new CVT, transfer case, and passenger side drive shaft waiting to get installed in our Murano on the 6th. I really hope this fixes the problem (gee, all new driveline components SHOULD fix it, right?) - it's been over 6 months and getting very tiresome. The only saving grace is this dealer that I'm working with (along with the specialist) - they've been very helpful.

I've lost count how many times my engine has been out of the Murano, but I pray that they get the installation right each time they do it.

Good luck with yours.

Dave
 
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