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Old 05-04-2016, 12:18 AM   #11
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i would add the lucas to see if it calms it down.
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Old 06-28-2016, 01:01 AM   #12
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Hey everybody, I haven't forgotten to update. Transmission issues quelled for about two weeks after the transmission fluid change, shifts became a lot tighter and throttle response sharper.

Its been two months since the fluid change and I'm getting some torque converter buzz again. The shifts are progressively becoming less smooth and feeling a little looser- still better than before. I've been checking my fluid once every few days and there has maybe been a slight color change but nothing unusual.

I am starting to think that this truck had the radiator-issue and the radiator was repaired or bypassed. It doesn't looks new and the anti-freeze is getting a little frothy so I can't see the radiator having been replaced. Either way, I'm going to part ways with Nissan trucks after reading about the quantity of issues, but most startling the lack of service Nissan has given for this model. I miss my D22...
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Hello everyone- I see the Frontier forum is pretty dead on here but its been on my mind to post a follow up.

I have been finding that my transmission fluid color has become progressively lighter. When I first saw this and had the fluid changed I thought it may be because the truck has close to 100,000 miles and it was due for routine maintenance. Its been close to 8,000 miles since my fluid change and the torque converter buzz has come back, the transmission fluid has become lighter and a little more froth has built up in the radiator. The buzz occurs almost every time going into overdrive now.

This week I went to check my transmission fluid and I realized the consistency of the fluid has also changed. I'm fairly certain by now I have a small leak in the radiator. I've called a few shops to give me a definite diagnosis and they all have a similar response: This is a failure they see on a monthly basis. Next week I'll be bringing it in to Hunts Auto in Ithaca.

I'm really pissed that this is an issue so commonly seen that "just so happens" to occur around the 80-120,000 mile mark, when the warranty and extended service runs out. The Frontier has everything I want and need but this is a serious design flaw that is going to hit me hard financially and I will never, ever buy or recommend a Nissan again. It further irks me that no one seems certain that the new replacement parts that Nissan is using are not at risk for future leaks.

Thank you for the advice to add LucasOil CadillacDude, I decided not to use it once I noticed the color change shortly after my transmission flush. I'll post again once the issue is diagnosed and what repairs I'm looking at.
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is the fluid slowly progressing towards the color of a strawberry milkshake?
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Anyways, I bought a 2008 Nissan Frontier about 3 months ago. 102,000 miles now, 4WD, 4.0 Automatic. As you can tell by the title, I may have an issue.
You DO know that 2005-2010 Frontiers with V6 and automatics had a huge issue with radiator leaking internally, causing ATF to mix with coolant, and often taking out both engine and transmission, right? If not, better bypass that ATF part of radiator or get a new radiator. And pronto !!!
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https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-...ement-reached/

http://www.nissanproblems.com/trends...-transmission/

seems that if your over 80000 miles, your still screwed as most problems start to arise around the 90 to 100k mark.
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I need that for my truck
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i havent poked around the frontier issue too much. is the problem the internal cooler inside the radiator? is it only the OEM rads or are the aftermarket ones bad too?

if i had one, i would permanently bypass the trans cooler in the radiator. i would plug the fittings and purchase one of the big aftermarket ones for towing applications that mount to the front side of the condenser.

i added one to the toyota she used to have, and it shifted a lot more consistent. i need to put one on this big ass lexus she has now.
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You DO know that 2005-2010 Frontiers with V6 and automatics had a huge issue with radiator leaking internally, causing ATF to mix with coolant, and often taking out both engine and transmission, right? If not, better bypass that ATF part of radiator or get a new radiator. And pronto !!!
Yes, I knew this when purchasing the truck. That was the first thing I checked and after a lot of research, and the experience I had with my old D21, decided to move on it... I have not heard of engine failure but the transmission failures are well documented. I hope that this post for those who are wary shows that, even if you don't see "milkshake of death", it does not mean some contamination has taken place.

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is the fluid slowly progressing towards the color of a strawberry milkshake?
Yes, although we aren't nearly <i>there</i> yet. The problem IS the internal cooler. The wall that separates coolants corrodes and allows mixing. Good idea with the external transmission cooler- that seems to be most folks permanent, best solution.

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shitty.

i wonder if a new aftermarket radiator fixes the problem? man im glad i dont have one of these trucks. i had no idea this was a problem until i read this post.
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