Altima automatic shifting problem

altima
transmissions
shifters
#1

I have a 2003 Altima 2.5 with about 53k on it. (as an aside: the engine was completely replaced at 25k due to a factory recall). This morning I backed down the driveway and then tried to pull forward in 3rd gear but the car wouldn’t move. I had to down-shift to 1st to get it to go, then return to 3rd as soon as I hit the road. It seemed to be okay for the rest of the drive but I am concerned that I need a new transmission or other expensive repair. Help.

#2

Why try to pull away in 3rd gear? This just puts extra strain and wear on the clutch, which is probably ready to be replaced now, if this was a normal practice. A clutch replacement is not as bad as a transmission, but, at only 53K miles, is way early. And, will still cost you a bunch.

#3

It’s an automatic, 3rd gear is “drive” 1st and 2nd are for power. - at least that’s the way it reads on the console plate for the gear shift pattern. D3, D2, D1. Tried to find an image online but they’ve changed it since.

I did have a couple of instances recently where I had to downshift to get through icy conditions (out of a parking spot, up an icy driveway), maybe this has something to do with it…?

#4

Have you checked the transmission fluid level and the condition of the transmission fluid?

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