Learning to drive a car is not always convenient, and sometimes it may seem like a good solution to choose an automatic Nissan Leaf, if it’s for basic comfort or ease of use, this kind of transmission is becoming more and more common. Nevertheless, while they may seem like an ideal choice, there may possibly also be problems with the automatic gearboxes of your Nissan Leaf . This is exactly the subject of our article. First, we’ll quickly describe the different types of automatic gearboxes, then, in a second step, which problems you may possibly encounter with the gearbox of your Nissan Leaf , and, at last, how to fix them.
The different kind of automatic gearbox of a Nissan Leaf
Gearboxes have the advantage of being known to be solid, as you don’t need to use your clutch pedal and every thing is electronically and mechanically managed there will be no premature wear of your clutch or other elements that could be put to the test by misuse on your part.
Nevertheless, based on the kind of automatic transmission your Nissan Leaf is equipped with you will have more or less reliability, we will present them to you now:
- Classic automatic gearbox: It will use a torque converter, which will manage the gear changes, it’s the oldest technology, it has evolved a lot in the last decades (more gears and a better management of the gear changes).
- Robotized automatic gearbox: This is a manual gearbox with a robotized system that will change the driver’s action. This kind of gearbox is less and less basic because they are viewed as very slow. We also often feel a coupling during deceleration.
- Dual-clutch automatic transmission: This is the ultimate automatic transmission, it works on the same concept as the robotic transmission, but thanks to its dual clutch, you won’t have any more problems with slow speeds or increased fuel consumption. They are often equipped on luxury models.
- Continuously variable automatic box: It is the same concept as on a scooter, a variator will come to control the differences between acceleration and motor speed, they are especially slow and tend to be unresponsive during the acceleration phases of your Nissan Leaf.
I’m having problems with the automatic transmission on my Nissan Leaf
We now start the part that surely attracts you the most in this article, what are the problems you may encounter with the automatic transmission of your Nissan Leaf? As mentioned above, in general they are more reliable than manual transmissions, however, here are the main problems you may encounter:
- As mentioned earlier, no matter what kind of automatic gearbox, they are often known to be slow and have inertia when accelerating. Nevertheless, this phenomenon is designed to happen only when the car is started, not when it is launched. If it feels like it occurs constantly, the clutch or converter is most likely dead.
- I have the impression that a gear in the automatic transmission of my Nissan Leaf no longer shifts or jumps: If you have the impression that your gears no longer shift or tend to jump on your Nissan Leaf, there is a part that is most likely to blame for this failure. In fact, the solenoid that acts as a “switch” to engage the gears must not be working properly, second option, a speed or engine speed sensor may be defective and send the wrong information to your gearbox.
- If you feel drops coming from the automatic gearbox of your Nissan Leaf: If you feel a clutch when you go up or when you slow down, it is either your oil which is too old and which does not lubricate any more adequately all the mechanisms of your gearbox, or else a sensor which gives bad information
- My Nissan Leaf’s automatic transmission is leaking: Finally, if your Nissan Leaf’s automatic transmission is leaking, it’s most likely one of your spy seals is too worn.
How do I fix automatic transmission problems on a Nissan Leaf?
And finally, we’re going to try to give you the techniques to fix the automatic transmission problems on your Nissan Leaf . Find them just below:
- Oil leak on the automatic gearbox of a Nissan Leaf: Find the source of the leak, and change the concerned gasket, get it achieved by a professional, opening a gearbox is not easy. It will cost you a few hundred euros, specifically for the labour. Do not hesitate to read our article on gearbox oil leaks on Nissan Leaf.
- Sensor issue: No matter which sensor is involved, a replacement is the only remedy, sensors do not repair themselves, you should count from 100 to a few hundred euros according to the difficulty of access to the one that concerns you.
- Couplings: If you have problems with the couplings on your Nissan Leaf, you will only need to do a whole gearbox change to gain comfort and preserve your gears.
- The automatic gearbox of my Nissan Leaf slips: In this instance, you certainly have a dead clutch disc, you will have to change the clutch, and on some models you won’t have the ability to change it without doing a standard exchange of the gearbox, be prepared to spend more than a thousand euros.
There are other automatic transmission problems on Nissan Leaf, such as electronic problems or pressure problems, but this list lists the main ones, no matter the reason, for such difficult mechanisms. Once you feel a problem on this level, we advise you to go fairly quickly to your mechanic.
If you need more guides on the Nissan Leaf, go to our Nissan Leaf category.