Originally Posted by KiltDog
Actually, had the local nissan dealership do the work on my 11 pathfinder. The armada in my signature is my new TV and I haven't done any work to that vehicle yet - only had it for a few weeks.
I have seen several YouTube videos on changing the fluids and it doesn't look too hard. I chose to have nissan do the service because I'm still covered by the 100k power train warrantee for CPO vehicles. I will not be going back to nissan for this particular service again ($$$).
I have heard about the radiator/transmission coolant issues on pathfinders. I researched it when I bought mine and I believe that issues was corrected for my model year. I was not aware that the same issue was happening with the Titan/armada as well. Gonna have to look into that.
I have an XTerra, and the "strawberry milkshake of death" was a very big deal that ate up a lot of Nissan transmissions. The problem was that the engineers wanted a way to bring the transmission fluid up to operating temperature more rapidly. So in their infinite wisdom, the ran a line of transmission fluid through the bottom of the radiator using the rapidly heating coolant to warm the transmission fluid. The concept sounds great right? Except that the hose they ran through the radiator was easily and rapidly corroded by the coolant they decided to use! So after a number of miles (varied by individual, but mostly around 60-80k miles) the transmission line would break and the transmission would fill with coolant creating a frothy red mixture affectionately called the "strawberry milkshake of death"
I fixed mine by connecting the hose that went into the radiator to the barb on the other side that came from the radiator thus closing the part in the radiator out of the loop. I live in Texas, I don't need the tranny to heat up faster!
I'm not sure the affected models or years, but you can google it. I'm pretty sure it was all models that used the 4.0 for years 2005 to 08 or 09 IIRC.
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