2004 Nissan Maxima 5 SPD aw55-51sn trans

Tiny
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  • 2004 NISSAN MAXIMA
  • 3.5L
  • V6
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 120,000 MILES
Customer towed vehical to me, no drive no reverse, codes 722, 726, 744, 797 and 1000. Rebuilt trans replaced forward steels and clutches underdrive or 4-5 steels and clutches, 3rd gear band, torque converter and put shift kit in it from transgo cleaned the three big linear solenoids. Test drove car for about 1/2 hr to 45 min. And I think the car went into limp mode barely moving in drive or reverse maybe 5 mph. No trans codes but check engine light code p0452 evap sys pressure sensor and got ABS, CTS, and SLIP. Got code for left rear wheel sensor 2. So will any of that make it go into limp mode or is that even limp mode or could it be trans. I no like on crysler limp mode will stay in second gear but u can go about 30mph. It sure fills like trans. I also noticed on my scanner {Genisis] that select lever position in park it says M mode, Rev says park, neutral says park, and drive says Reverse, need adjusment or is safety neutral switch bad. So my main concern is, is that limp mode barley moving in drive or reverse or is that trans problem. Only after its hot driving for awhile dose it do it. I can shut it off let it sit for a while and its ok. It shifts fine I get all gears. When barley no drive its in 1st gear.
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 AT 1:10 PM

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Tiny
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I just test drove it again and this time I lost drive and reverse completely with in 15 min. Shut it off and restarted it moved for a 1/2 min and lost it completely. Its not limp mode got to be trans but still no trans codes.
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
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I would be checking line pressures, you may have a pump or governor problem, how much experience do you have with re building autos?
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 AT 2:56 PM
Tiny
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Shift solenoid A is showing A MON off and A OUT INVALID in drive D1
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 AT 5:20 PM
Tiny
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3yrs gm dealership and about 10yrs on my own out of garage
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Monday, March 23rd, 2015 AT 5:24 PM
Tiny
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Sounding like it may be electrical, have you check the power circuits yet?
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Thursday, March 26th, 2015 AT 1:18 AM
Tiny
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Sorry took so long I put that car aside got some other car done, I checked top port on trans when I loose drive and reverse I get 0 psi.
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Monday, April 13th, 2015 AT 4:57 PM
Tiny
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According to symtoms chart, fluid level ok, control linkage or PNP switch ok, presure control solenoid valve A, bought shift kit cleaned solenoids, TCM, not sure. Torque converter had the old one rebuilt. Checked all shift solenoids electrically ohms checked out good. Rebuilt trans all new clutches, 3 gear band, 4-5 clutch drum. And a pump assembly that I got online on e-bay. I have pressure like its when it cold but after it warms up I loose pressure and it shifts good.
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Monday, April 13th, 2015 AT 5:21 PM
Tiny
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Originally when first got car had no drive no reverse but it was burned up but took pressure reading and I had good pressure. The pump was good the only reason I replace the pump is because I dropped the pump assembly and one of the guide ears broke off were u slide the clutches on.
I'm thinking the pump is bad
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 6:20 AM
Tiny
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The components are so fragile dropping it would be a big concern, I would of been looking at that straight off if I had dropped it.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 6:30 AM
Tiny
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I did, I replaced the pump with one I got on eBay, the pump must be bad if I'm getting 0 psi?
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 9:10 AM
Tiny
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That top port I tapped into is reading pump pressure correct?
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 9:15 AM
Tiny
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I will have to look into that port to see if it is the pressure port, but you can check at the cooler line as well, no flow no pressure. But regardless, it sounds as if the pump is faulty, would be checking that all check valves and ports in valve body are ok, one missing ball or one in the wrong place can cause headaches.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 2:54 PM
Tiny
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Wrong checkball would give me problems cold or warmed up, this one gives me problems after warms up.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 3:05 PM
Tiny
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My actual first thought was a sticky shift valve or servo I really do think that you have to prove pump pressure first, I will have to go find some tech info on pressure ports, I do have to head out for a bit, but I will get on to it as soon as I can and post it here.
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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015 AT 3:12 PM
Tiny
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I fixed the pump problem. Ihave good psi, have drive and reverse, shifts great when its cold after it warms up and take it down the e-way mile up and mile back it starts to act up downshifts, it revs up 2-3 3-4 upshift, harsh 3-2 downshift, code p0744, I get lock up in 4th, shift sol A out says invalid and I noticed speedometer is inop. I can shut it off for a few seconds and its fine again for a little while and it acts up again. I put a shift kit in it. But maybe not enough, heard online that a new control valve body would take care of problem.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 AT 4:40 PM
Tiny
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Not sure about that, but if there are reports that this may be a common problem and that is the fix, it may be the way to go, the problem sounds as if it revolves around a sticky valve.
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Thursday, April 30th, 2015 AT 4:54 PM
Tiny
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Have any idea why when I shut it off and start it back up it resets and acts fine.
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Friday, May 1st, 2015 AT 9:18 AM
Tiny
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I have no speed sensor code, but speedometer is not working, and shift solenoid A out says invalid shouldn't it say off when not operating. Are u a nissan master tech
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Friday, May 1st, 2015 AT 3:16 PM
Tiny
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I do have a vss code p0500. Will that make the trans act funny. I also have a p0744 automatic transmission torque converter clutch solenoid valve function, U1000, U1001, p1212 TCS code, a p1574 automatic speed circuit device VSS
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Friday, May 1st, 2015 AT 3:44 PM
Tiny
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I run my own business, but in the past I was a Toyota service manager and Toyota master Tech. I have been looking through fault charts but have not come across anything that mirrors your problem, you say it re sets it self when you turn off, this tends to have me thinking down two paths, either a back voltage problem or residual hydraulic pressure, the problem I have is not being able to experience this first hand, and I am getting a little frustrated that I can't nail it, over the week end I will get back into Mitchell 1 and see if I have missed anything.
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Friday, May 1st, 2015 AT 3:45 PM

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