How to resolve jerking and hesitation while driving.


Asked by Mar 17, 2018 at 07:36 AM about the 2006 Nissan Murano S AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 Nissan Murano, a week ago it started
jerking and hesitating really bad while driving. I have had
the crankshaft sensor replaced, air fuel sensor replaced,
fuel injections cleaned, both catalytic converters replaced,
oxygen sensors (bank 1&2) replaced and the exhaust
manifold has been replaced ALL WITHIN THE LAST 7
days! I have put over $2000 into this car, missed an entire
week of work and it is STILL jerking! I only have one car,
very very little left to invest in it and I need my car to work!

20 Answers


No check engine light. I’ve been to my regular mechanic, Nissan dealership and a muffler shop (the muffler shop was recommended by Nissan to cut costs). It hesitates from stop and sometimes while driving, mostly from stop. Initially I kept getting the code for the crankshaft sensor then all the other things followed.

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Maybe the crankshaft sensor replacement is defective, I had one of those two years ago. Or it was installed correctly. But, yes, who diagnosed and did all the work, one mechanic, different shops?

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I’ve have the crankshaft sensor replaced twice both times the check engine light was on, took it to autozone got the report stating crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The first time (a mechanic referred by a friend) the part was faulty the second time it was loose (regular mechanic) finally I took it to the Nissan dealership, it was resolved along with fuel injectors being cleaned. The car began to jerk again, then the light came back on the Nissan dealership said it was the catalytic converters and referred me to a muffler shop to cut costs. The muffler shop replaced both as well they stated both oxygen sensors needed to be replaced along with the exhaust manifold. All done. The car is still jerking and at this point I’m not sure how to proceed. Can someone please help???

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Frankly, it is frustrating when not even the dealer can pin point a problem. I have to say that my feeling is that so far no one has been able to do a correct diagnosis and you have been expending money needlessly. I hope that some of the other Gurus answer you and can offer advise from personal experience.

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Same thing was going on with my Murano and replaced the coil pack and now it's fine

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It was the transmission

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What was wrong with it?

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Try having them to check the transmission

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I took my to the dealer for the same thing. TCU replaced, two transmissions put in, coil packs replaced, axle replaced. Turned it back to me and said they could not fix it. SO frustrated with this. Any ideas?

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I ended up selling the car to salvage. I was told it was a transmission issue that even if resolved would only be temporary.

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My Murano was jerking and hesitating really bad at times. Sometimes it drove perfect. I took it to nissan dealer and found out the problem was the battery. It was causing low voltage to a lot of electronic components and throwing several codes. After the battery was replaced it drives perfect.

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Sir, My car is also nissan murano 2006...same jerking problem from past 1 year or so.... mechanic is saying knock sensor replacement is required ....not sure if your car is fixed or not but have you given thought of replacing knock sensor ? drop me a email if it worked for you: kapil.dangey gmail dot com

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IT WAS THE TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSIONS! TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSION! The guy said once you have a transmission problem with the Nissan Murano YOU WILL ALWAYS have problems with transmission. I sold it for parts and bought another car.

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I see a lot of people having jerking problems with Murano’s. Mine did as well. I did these 3 steps not sure which one did the trick. I tuned it up and used new coil packs. Cleaned the throttle body and did relearn procedure. Lastly I changed cvt fluid. I’m thinking it was I changed the cvt fluid because it was dark as coke. I hope this helps someone because it frustrated me a month thinking it was my cvt gone bad!

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With the problem will the car shut off from jerking?


At fist it did but that was a crank sensor. I replaced it and both cam sensors. When you replace one you may as well do them all. You can do them in an hour. That wouldn’t cause the jerking but it would cause your Murano to shut off. If it’s jerking drain cvt fluid if it’s dark that’s your culprit. Cheap oil change place will put transmission fluid in for cvt fluid and I can promise you it will have your Murano jerking. Also with my cam sensor I got a check engine light. For the jerking you wont unless it’s an internal transmission problem.

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I have a 2005 Nissan Murano and mine would do the same thing. I have a 6 cylinder so I have to replace each Coil one by one. Sometimes the check engine light doesn’t tell which coil it is so you need a darn good mechanic to find which one is causing the jerking. But I guarantee you it’s just a cool.

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I just brought in my 2015 Murano with the same issues. There is a Nissan bulletin for this issue providing direction on how to correct but not a recall??

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Change the cvt fluid. People mistakenly think that they can use transmission fluid instead of cvt fluid. Auto sales cvt fluid by castrol and it has been fine for my 2015 murano.

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My 06 started jerking me around hoping it was the battery I just replaced .. some how after all my reads this problem is not over...

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