WHAT MAKES THE CVT TRANSMISSION TO JERK? AND SLIP?

Asked by Apr 18, 2017 at 11:25 PM about the 2013 Nissan Sentra S

Question type: General

as  i  take  off  from  stop  sign  my  car  would  jerk  and  leter  as  i  get  on  
the  highway  and  go  over  60  mph  my  rpm  hand  would  go  up  and  
down  1000  rpms  higher  and  lower  as  i  go  uphill  slightly  and  as  i  go  
slightly  downhill  i  would  feel  a  intermittant  vibration  then  as  i  step  on  
the  gas  pedal  the  rpm  hand  goes  back  down  to  3   when  i  drive  70  
mph    is  this  normal?  on  a  cvt  transmission?

39 Answers

246,175

It is a Nissan CVT which may be the worst transmission ever made. You should complain to the dealer ans ask for a new transmission even if your warranty has expired. Nissan knows these transmissions are a disaster. If that does not work complain directly to Nissan of America.

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plus i can hear the gear grinding sounds around 40 mph when i turn the overdrive button off it feels like your not going out of the 1st gear

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191,085

It's actually not a chain but a metal belt, and once it starts making noise unless it is torn down and fixed immediately the other friction surfaces are badly damaged , plus the fine metal particulates get into everything, so the bottom line is you need a new tranny, do what F_O_R stated you might get lucky.

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191,085

I mean it's obvious that part is going to fail, metal just can't stand that kind of flexing even if it is soaked in oil, they should leave CVT's to the scooters where they came from.

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246,175

Yup! Rubber belts that can be changed in a couple of minutes. I had an old Gator with a CVT and it worked fairly well but service was just a matter of a new belt.

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110

is that normal to hear the cvt at night with the radio off? it sounds like 2 marbles in a plastic cup being shaked hard

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246,175

I doubt that is a normal sound.

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110

mainly as my car was on cruize control at 65 mph tonight i felt my car pulling and not this cvt transmission is very annoying

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140

What if you have a 2013 nissan that the CVT quit pulling

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191,085

Bye Bye CVT

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I have a 2013 Nissan Altima & it has 75000 miles and transmission is slipping bad. I don’t know what to do. I’m only 19 and I go to school and work so it’s kinda difficult to fix this car right now.

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Wavyerick, slipping is usually fatal to an automatic, but you can try servicing the trans, replace the filter and pan gasket during refill add 1 quart of TransX to the fluid and then top off. drive carefully for at least 20 minutes then park it and let sit overnight, then see if it has helped, if it did nothing then it's too late and the tranny will need overhauled or replaced with a good used one if funds are tight. You may need to go alternative transportation until you can find the time to work on it, but driving it while it is slipping will guarantee that you will wind up walking.

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6 months ago while my Jeep Patriot was under extended warranty i took it in to trade it. The sales manager said my Transmission was slipping. I and service look into the issue and service claimed b=my transmission was fine. Now at 115,000 mile my transmission is shot and they was 3400.00 i dont have. The dealer is refusing to help. They know these transmission are Trash.

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Report CVT issues to Nissan of America even if you still do not have a warranty. Most the time they will still provide partial assistance or pay to replace it for free. People have to keep reporting the CVT issues before so it becomes an actual recall but in the mean time report it and then bug the crap out of them to fix it!!!!

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My 2013 Nissan Sentra had 91,000 miles on it when the transmission went out. Paid $3200 for a new one, and it just quit with a grand total of 15000 miles on it. Nissan has refused to help. Their transmissions are garbage, and they know it, but refuse to do anything about it.

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I have a 2013 nissan Sentra that has had transmission problems since the 3,000 Mark. Took it to the dealership 5 times about the problem and all I heard from them was that they didn't have a fix and would do nothing when I insisted they replace the transmission. I'm on my second transmission and it is slipping and jerking all the time. Nissan CUT transmission is a POS. I will never purchase another nissan.

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I just took my 2013 Nissan Sentra in yesterday, as it literally would not accelerate....petal to the floor, and going barely 10 miles per hour! I contacted Nissan of America (PS I read there was a lawsuit about this issue as well) I have a case # and pray they will fix it for free, even still I don't want to keep my car....but I owe too much!! UGH this was the worst purchase decision I have EVER made!!!

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What side does the metal belt turn too

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I have the same problems with my 2013 Nissan Sentra. It 81,000 miles and the transmission is slipping. No matter how much I step on it, it does not want to go. How do I complain to Nissan of America

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That is what mine is doing right now it is junk

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Can you change the Nissan Sentra CVT gearbox to normal one?

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160

I'm having the same issue. At 66,000 miles Nissan sentra 2013 SL. They are quoting 5000$to put a new transmission

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My check engine light went on and I really didn’t want to take it to the dealer. Went to autozone mass air flow sensor kept coming up and i switched it but it still kept coming up. I finally asked a mechanic who said take it to the dealer that Nissan’s sensors can’t be reset sometimes only by the dealer and that the MAF is a huge problem with them (another one). I went to the dealer they fixed the MAF and said that while diagonosing my car the code for the torque converter came up and I need a new transmission. I haven’t felt anything on my car but I took it to AAMCO they said they heard a whining noise on my transmission again I can’t hear anything but now I’m worried after reading all these forums. I’m not sure if it is really messed up or the dealer and AAMCO are just trying to rip me off. Anyone else have the transmission code come up without feeling anything? Just want to see if to let it go now while it works or keep riding like nothing. I have a 2012 Nissan Altima btw.

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My transmission failed last week. I previously had a case open for my MAF failing. I called Nissan consumer affairs after I had my car towed to a Nissan service ship and made a case. They provided assistance in replacing the transmission. Hope this helps.

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Vinita did you ever actually feel problems with your transmission prior to it failing? The cleaned my throttle body and the MAF check engine light hasn’t come on but after reading all this I’m worried my transmission might fail soon even tho I’m not having any huge problems. Another dealer is offering me some money for it so thinking of just getting rid of it. Thanks for your help!

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I have a 2013 nissan zentra myself with 86k milea in it. Had it for only a year and my tranny is going out. It slips and when pressing the gas wont go only rev. Im Highly upset and going to have to tow it to nissan and call consumer affairs.

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CVT transmissions are made for constant velocity while varying RPM. so some times at 4000 rpm you get 60mph and some times you get same mph at 2500 rpm. CVT transmission belt made of steel caps over a rubber belt. CVT transmission Fluid keeps the belt cool by spraying oil over the belt. If car runs out of fluid you get high heat on the belt which will make the belt to slip after expansion. which in turn goes high rpm keeping the same velocity mph. Since belt is loose (less load) and engine trying to pump more with less load its like accelerating hard while in neutral which might give you flight noise :D. on top of this there is a timing belt which synchronize the piston movement and shat movement. if that is worn out you get other kind of noise. prior to fail you would get these problems: 1. belt slip - engine accelerates but car not moving fast and all of sudden it pushes your car forward and slow down again. 2. RPM changes up down drastically. how to escape this situation: 1. for time being park the car and take a break 2. take it to service ASAP. its all my experience and observation + learnings please forgive if anything is wrong on the above sentences.

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I have a 2013 Sentra with 92,000 with the same CVT issues. Called Nissan America and she a case number. I have to get the transmission diagnosed by my Nissan dealership and call them back to see if they will help. If not based on all the issues this transmission is causing How do we go about filing a class action law suit against Nissan? If they know this transmission causes these issues they shouldn't continue putting them in their cars.

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In December 2013, I bought a new 2013 Sentra. Within 3 months, the transmission needed to be replaced. Here we are, 4 years later and I’m having the same problem. Only now the transmission is out of warranty.

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I have 2013 Sentra with 75,000 miles and having same issues with CVT. Car finally stoped working yesterday in middle of intersection would not go forward or backwards. Towed to Autonation Nissan and they say bad transmission and maybe have to replace the axles also. Luckily I have bought extended warranty! I think that I would like to get rid of the vehicle because of the cvt transmission. I don’t feel like the car is reliable because of it and will probably try and get into something else. Anyone have suggestions??

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I have an Altima 2011 with CVT, and the transmission isn't acting right, it feels like skips, something that I noticed is that is trying to "change gears" at very low RPM's, and that causes the vehicle to jerk and skip, the problem is that I purchased the Altima in Mexico, but the car was made in the USA, do you think Nisan USA would honor any warranty for these CVT's? In Mexico the agency says they only give 3 year warranty and after that I am on my own. thanks!

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I have a 2013 Sentra with 51000 miles..started jerking at low speeds..took into Nissan dealer only to be told it needs a new transmission..I still owe more than the car is worth and the service department tells me they can't see if anything else is wrong with the car until I get a new transmission and they can drive it...wtf..this is a Nissan dealership telling me this. I called corporate Nissan...waiting for a call back..they have serious issues with the transmission and they know it! I drive to and from work and maintain my car regularly..this should not be happening at 51000 miles!

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I just experienced my Nissan sentra 2013 not being able to accelerate while driving on main road today-3/30/19-w/ RPM's racing,very dangerous. At about 40K miles. Also, I do regular maintenance & drive only to & from work. Have car at repair shop now & they are checking a code to see if its the transmission & calling Nissan. Very unsafe.

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Daisy and all of you I just called 800-647-7261 Nissan Consumer Affairs. They gave me a case#. Anyways they said they will get back to me. I've been having same issues with the car the problem is we bought it used at a Payne Auto Group in McAllen,TX and a week after we purchased it there was an issue with the transmission, the brackets broke and it all fell we went back to dealership they had us back and forth and finally they fixed it. But even since then issues with the rpm and that Mass Flow Sensor but mechanics say it must be transmission. It also turns off or accelerates on it's own. If we max the ac the motor light turns on. O'Reilly told us it has to be MFS also but the main issue is that it's always been like this. At first when we got it the dealership took about 5 mths to hand us the plates and that's because I had to go to the DNV to ask why so long. Anyways it showed it was still registered to a previous owner. Idk, but either way we couldn't return it. U til nos we are stuck with this car pymt and this issue.

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Hello I have a 2013 Nissan Sentra with 79k miles and was told transmission is gone out What do I need to do because Nissan consumer Affair just told me it’s nothing they can do. I take and took care of my car oil change when it needed to be change fluids check etc and on top of that it’s a CVT Transmission ask them y there transmission is going out on folks with less then 100k miles can’t answer.I need answer because these dont make no since

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2 total CVt transmission failures for me. Once at 66k miles and again at 116k. I've called Corporate.

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2009, First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first.  This extension is effective immediately and requires no action on your part. The remainder of your powertrain warranty coverage for components other than the transmission remains unchanged, at 5 years/60,000 miles, and your basic warranty coverage also remains unchanged. All other warranty terms, limitations and conditions otherwise apply. This extended transmission warranty is also fully transferable to future owners of your vehicle.  This is for older Nissan's, but they are very aware of the issues for the CVT. They even reimbursed prior owners if they previously replaced or rebuilt it and then sold the car. Do a search on nissan transmission warranty for more info.

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Shelley1958, did they end up covering any of your repair? I heard that if you don't have your car serviced regularly, they can deny assistance. I've done all my oil changes on time and topped fluids, but didn't realize I needed to request the transmission fluid change at 60,000. :(

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has anyone with a Sentra model after 2010 had success with Nissan helping? I just experienced this issues last week with my 2013 Nissan Sentra SR, called Nissan consumer affairs as someone recommended above and did receive a case number. They told me I still needed to take it to a Nissan dealer but regardless, they would not help. Is there somewhere outside of Nissan we can make a complaint to to get a recall started? Has everyone called and made the complaint, get a case number?

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