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Nissan X-TRAIL Gearbox & Transmission Problems

Are you having problems with the transmission of your Nissan X-TRAIL? Let our team of motoring experts keep you up to date with all of the latest Nissan X-TRAIL transmission issues & faults. We have answered all of the most frequently asked questions relating to problems with the Nissan X-TRAIL transmission.

Transmission issues with my 2010 Nissan X-Trail

This model X-Trail used a conventional automatic transmission with a torque converter. There are lots of things that can cause this condition, including a failure of the torque converter or any number of moving parts within the transmission itself.

But the first check is to see if there's sufficient transmission fluid inside the gearbox. Use the transmission dipstick to check the fluid level according to the owner's manual's instructions. A transmission with low fluid can certainly exhibit the symptoms you've noted. A quick fluid top up might put the wheels back in motion.

Bear in mind, however, that the transmission is a sealed unit and should only require top ups if there's a leak somewhere. That leak needs to be identified and fixed or the problem will recur.

My Nissan X-Trail is making a juddering and knocking sound

You've certainly gone to some extremes to check this out, but your investigations should give you a good clue that the problem is with front axle. So, it could either be the differential that is clattering and making the car judder or, perhaps more likely, the front CV joints which allow the car to drive its front axle while also steering the vehicle. Once you take the load off the front driveshafts (by disconnecting them) the noise stops because the worn CV joints aren't taking the strain of trying to move the car, so they don't make the horrible noise.

In some cases, you can simply replace the worn out CV joints, but there's also the option of complete driveshafts (with new CV joints already fitted) that are a simpler fix if a bit more costly. You can also buy driveshafts new or reconditioned. Its sounds like you're more than skilled enough to tackle this at home.

Why does my 2018 Nissan X-Trail make a rattle noise when I have my foot on the brake?

It sounds as though something is loose in the transmission and is vibrating (the noise you hear) when the brakes are applied and the load is taken off the transmission. Then, when the brakes are released, the load reapplies to the transmission (as the car begins to creep forward) and whatever is rattling is suddenly under load again and stops making the noise.

This could be down to something in the transmission itself, and if that’s the case, could be a worn torque converter. This is the component that actually turns the engine’s power into a force that drives the transmission and, eventually, the wheels. Inside the torque converter is a series of vanes. If one of these is loose or damaged, a rattle can be the result.

However, before you rush to that conclusion, have a good look under the car. There’s every chance the noise is a simple case of a heat shield, bash-plate or even part of the exhaust system rattling at a particular engine frequency. When you take your foot off the brake and the car starts to move, the engine revs change, the vibration frequency changes at the same time, and whatever it is stops rattling. An internally broken catalytic converter is also a prime suspect for producing a rattle at certain vibration frequencies.

My 2002 Nissan X-Trail 2002 is struggling to change gears

You could be right in presuming that the clutch is not fully disengaging as this will definitely cause gear-selection problems. If the clutch is worn or has broken components inside, then it can be impossible to make it fully disengage, and choosing gears – particularly from a standing start – can be difficult if not impossible. At that point, presuming the clutch is adjusted properly (and your car uses hydraulic clutch actuation, so there’s not really any adjustment in it) a replacement clutch is the only real fix.

But don’t rule out a problem with the mechanism that actually selects the gears and links the gear-shifter to the gearbox proper. In some cars this is a cable, in others it’s a set of linkages, but either set-up can become maladjusted and cause shifting problems.

Nissan X-Trail 2018: CVT or tuning problem?

It sounds like a characteristic of the CVT rather than a tuning issue.

Is the Nissan Rogue 4 wheel drive, all wheel drive or front wheel drive?

Nissan sell their Rogue (or X-Trail in Australia) in a variety of drive configurations. This includes front wheel drive (in both ST and ST-L trim), as well as 4WD in ST, ST-L, Ti, TL, TS model trim.

Nissan X-Trail 2014: Excessive vibration

It sounds like a problem with the Continuously Variable Transmission, and I would suggest you have it serviced and the transmission oil changed.

Nissan X-Trail: Does it have CVT issues?

It’s impossible to know if it will get worse, all you can do is closely monitor it and keep a record of what you observe. I’m tempted to believe that there’s nothing wrong with it, that it’s just the CVT transmission doing its thing.

Nissan X-Trail: Vibrating

It is annoying, but it’s not unusual for carmakers to produce a car with a known flaw. They sometimes judge that it’s not serious enough to do anything about.

X-Trail surging problem

The transmission you've got is a CVT type auto, and I would suggest it's got a problem, possibly the computer that controls it. Take it back and demand they properly assess it.

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