Nissan Sentra CVT Whine

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Nevergiveup: The dealer just replaced my transmission at 80,000 miles

Nevergiveup: Fyi... Nissan has extended the warranty for this issue.. its 120k or 10yrs which ever come first...

Erik Krueger: Thank you for posting this. Ive got a 2009 Nissan Sentra FE+ and it's making exactly the same noise. I was puzzled for weeks. For certain models, Nissan doubled the powertrain warranty. I plan to have the dealer swap out my noisy CVT near the 120,000 mark.

Jeff Coursen: '08 Sentra SE-R. CVT replaced at 60k mi for the whine. The replacement is now whining after less than 20k mi when warm or on grades. The dealer is consulting Nissan on what to do.

Marshall Street: My Bugatti Veyron has a CVT and I never had any problems.

Gator Bait: The CVT whining noise is common among all CVT's mine started doing that brand new on the highway and I have over 100k on it and it is still going strong. No need to be paranoid unless the car is not moving at all and or is jerking it is just normal for these type of transmissions. 

AesopRocks1: Mine just went at 59k. Getting a brand new one which is apparently improved and they have a factory warranty of 200k so that's not bad

Elvis E Jusino: I have a 2007 Nissan Sentra is making that same noise after they change the transmission going up the hill and the highway and just make that same noise 

ozzieksk: I can not believe this. I have the same car 2012 and it is making same noise. I know the tranny is under warranty but seriously? on 37K? Is this a joke?

Nathan Buddrius: What was the ultimate problem? My '07 is making this sound. Not all the time, and I only notice it during acceleration or higher rpm. 

shavencarrot: Much the same problem as I have. I have a 2013 Suzuki Swift Sport. Car has 10000km on it.

TruAgape1234: The Renault saga of unreliability lives on in Nissan. It's a shame. Lesson is don't buy Nissan. It's a Renault design to fail.

Hybridlancer2000: Well nissan does build good motors. But the cvt is questionable

Steven Gardner: I replaced my transmission at 64k and so far so good I think of it happens again I'm gonna put in a manual transmission

rnorred1986: I did the same thing in my 07 Altima, whine was gone for 5k miles, but just came back today...

Michael Cardona: I had the same issue and it turned out to be a cracked flywheel. After replacing it and the fluids, I no longer experience the issue. My family mechanic discovered the problem and fixed it.

PhattyMattyMcgee: Yep. I know that sound well. I just had a third trans put in my '08 Rogue for the same problem. The second trans. they put in only lasted a week before it started doing the whine!!

Hybridlancer2000: Mines makes that noise when I merge onto the interstate but after driving for a while the whine goes away.

jgr811: @jeckles2 Do NOT let them charge you for the diagnostic charge. Nissan extended the warranty to 120K on the CVT from 2008 - 2010 model years. Nissan was a pain in the ass to deal with, but when I got my second replacement transmission, the car was going within 1 week. This car was my 4th Nissan, but after what I went through, it was my last!

jhslat4hen: i have a 2007 nissan sentra and im going on my 4th transmission.The manager at planet nissan told me to put it in low when im goin up hills.

jgr811: @jeckles2 DEMAND A NEW TRANSMISSION! This is the same problem that happened to my car. Basically what I was told the pumps are no good and when you hear the whine, your transmission is shot. My replacement transmission went again at 33K. Had one warm day and the transmission started whining. Nissan did not want to replace it. I got rid of the car and bought a new Sonata. 10K on the Hyundai and not one problem perfect car. Nissan has lemon CVT transmissions!

Ian Hall: Also have a 07 Sentra. 123,000 miles and transmission #4 is now required. Not much help from Nissan USA on this one. I have owned 7 Nissans but I'm well and truly done now.

xSANTACRUZx831: your're lucky, I went to a place to get my 08 sentra serviced and they put the wrong transmision fluid in. Now I need to pay 4k for a new transmission

TruAgape123: The problem is Renaukts "cost cutting" designed to fail Managment approach that Renault has brought to Nissan. Nissan's VQ engine was once darn near bulletproof. Now that Renaukt is in the picture, those engines now consume oil, have bad timing chained and guides, bad headgaskets. Renault has made crap cars for years. Remember that the next time jr inclined to buy a Nissan.

palebeachbum: Them wanting to change the fluid first is procedure. I went through a similar situation with the dealership when I was having engine problems with my Kia. They won't even look further into it until you do that. So I did, which of course didn't fix the problem. Then they proceed to the next step, which in my case was to check the functionality of the oil flow control value on the engine. Turned out it was faulty. Replaced under warranty. I was annoyed because I told them to check this on day 1!

jgr811: @occckid123 Nothing with turning the wheel or stopped. It was only when I was driving and was much worse when it was warm out.

jeckles2: Hey. I have a 2008 Altima 2.5s CVT. Did this to me one day on the highway. Rev at 3-4k doing 60mph and no more. Check engine light, plugged in the code reader, said transmission temp sensor failure. Was told by dealer I had to do a trans flush first. Am looking for another dealer to take it to. Still under warranty though. Should they charge to do a diagnostic check.

Mort Odelay: I own a 2009 2.0S Sentra with CVT as well. Mine started doing strange clunking noises at low speeds, like when driving in a parking lot. It sounded like shaking a plastic bottle with peebles inside. Brought the car to the dealer, they said the tranny was shot and replaced the entire unit. My car was only 36k at the time!

sleeksilver: I truly hope for your sake that you have sold your Sentra. Two co-workers have had multiple CVT replacements with their Nissans and the problem always seems to come back after 20,000 or so miles.

Hybridlancer2000: *UPDATE* I JUST hit 50k miles and did a flush and refill for my cvt transmission. Now when im on the highway my car doesn't whine anymore. Cvt fluid was brown and not clear with a hint of green. So changing the fluid did the trick for me.

jgr811: I have been told that it is an internal pump issue and basically the transmission is not getting any fluid and that is what is causing them to fail.

occckid123: @jgr811 did it make that noise if u are stationary and turning the wheel also or increase in noise if u turn the wheel while driving?

jgr811: @RANKEDjovi There was no cost since it was under warranty. I have heard several thousand dollars to replace the CVT. As of now they cannot repair at the dealer. Nissan just replaced the entire unit in my car. I have 31k on the car and the new transmission has been fine so far.

rollndice83: People are dumb . IT'S NOT THE POWER STEERING! IT'S A DYING.CVT!! I have an 08 altima that had same sound CVT was replaced. It sounds like P/S pump running dry but its not

stonent: My CVT is going out in my Jeep Patriot (CVT made by Nissan's JATCO division) If you search for Jeep Patriot Transmission, mine is the first link. My noise starts at 20 being a repeating sound and at around 40 turns into a whine that increases in pitch with road speed.

palebeachbum: Well dang I was considering a new Versa or Sentra with a CVT to replace my older-than-dirt Volvo 940. But it sounds like taking on car payments for one of these Nissans would be a huge mistake. You've all had worse reliability with your brand new cars than I have with my 18yr old car. Kinda nuts!

rollndice83: And CVTs are no serviceable. I asked guy at trans shop how he fixes CVTS he said with dynamite
Nissan Sentra CVT whine 4.3 out of 5

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