Remanufactured Nissan Frontier Transmissions 

Nissan Frontier Transmission Problems & Solutions

Nissan has been selling small pickup trucks in America since 1959 (a Navy veteran named Richard McCutcheon bought the very first one from a dealer in San Diego), and they've definitely learned a thing-or-two along the way. The D40 Nissan Frontier was launched for the 2005 model year, and it's every bit of a shrunken fullsize truck. It rides on a shortened version of the Nissan Titan's fully boxed ladder frame, and when properly equipped, the little Frontier can tow up to 6,500 lbs.

All sorts of luxury and work truck models were available. There was a highly capable off road version called the Nissan Frontier Pro-4X, and each model could be spec'd with the 5-speed Nissan RE5R05A transmission. Unfortunately, the little Datsun's cooling system had a design flaw that often led to early transmission failure. There's also several more gearbox related issues that can drain your wallet. So let's take a look at some of the typical Nissan Frontier transmission problems and learn what you can do about them.

Common Problems with the Nissan Frontier RE5R05A

1) Complete Transmission Failure

To cool the transmission fluid, it's pumped through a special cooling chamber in the bottom of the radiator, then cycled back into the transmission. However, a design flaw in the radiator causes that chamber to crack and allow antifreeze to mix with the ATF as it flows back to the transmission. The chemicals in antifreeze are highly corrosive to the metal parts, bearings and seals inside the Nissan Frontier RE5R05A transmission. Even a few drops can destroy the valve body, seals, clutches and a whole lot more. Most transmission shops aren't equipped to test the integrity of the key components (case, valve body etc.), but Street Smart Transmission is. Which is why every remanufactured Nissan Frontier transmission can be warrantied for 3-Years/Unlimited Miles.

2) Overheating

Heat is the natural enemy of your Nissan RE5R05A transmission, and it increases every time you tow/haul heavy loads, or drive in environments like traffic or the mountains. The stock cooling system isn't capable of removing this excess heat, so the transmission will overheat just like an engine. When this happens, everything from the transmission bands and clutches, to the seals and solenoids will experience sudden, excessive wear. That's why we encourage all of our remanufactured Nissan Frontier RE5R05A transmission customers to install an auxiliary transmission cooler.

3) Slipping Between Gears and Harsh Shifts

Two more common Nissan Frontier transmission problems are slipping on the 4th-5th upshift, and rather abrupt 2nd-3rd shifts. The first issue can usually be traced to a bad shift solenoid, worn transmission bands, or even using the wrong kind of transmission fluid (the viscosity and chemical makeup varies between the different types of ATF). The harsh 2-3 shifting issue is typically caused by a worn clutch pack. Street Smart Transmission is keenly aware of these common RE5R05A problems, and has taken steps to improve the durability of each remanufactured RE5R05A transmission. For example, all of the new solenoids are tested before they're installed, and the transmission bands feature a thicker, more wear resistant friction material. 

How to Solve Nissan Frontier Transmission Problems

Solution 1: Buy a Used Nissan Frontier Transmission

The quickest and cheapest way to fix all of your Nissan Frontier transmission problems, is to simply replace it with a used RE5R05A transmission from a junkyard. However, you don't know how long it will last, because that new-used transmission may have one of the problems listed above, or worse. Most junkyards will give you a 30-90 day replacement warranty, but that means you might have to pay installation charges twice.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Frontier Transmission

Many people decide to just have their existing RE5R05A transmission rebuilt. This is safer than buying a used RE5R05A, but most mechanics and transmission shops don't have the equipment to detect hairline cracks, and subtle warping in key parts like the valve body. The standard practice when rebuilding a transmission is to use factory spec replacement parts, which means you won't benefit from the added durability that Street Smart Transmission upgrades provide. Plus, the typical 1-2 year warranty might only be honored by a handful of shops.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Frontier Transmission

If you need a permanent solution to all of your RE5R05A transmission problems, then you're going to want a remanufactured Nissan Frontier RE5R05A transmission from Street Smart Transmission. It contains more durable components, it's designed to outlast the factory spec gearbox, and each SST remanufactured transmission is hot and cold dyno tested prior to shipment (shipping is free to a business address). The transmission dyno machine puts each gearbox through real-world driving cycles, which allows the SST technicians to fine tune the shifting, see any potential leaks, and break-in all the new parts. That way you can have it installed and drive away worry-free.

You'll also be covered by the Street Smart Transmission transferrable 3-year/Unlimited Mile Warranty, which will pay for parts and labor at any licensed repair shop in the United States. And to correct the factory design flaw, every remanufactured RE5R05A transmission comes with a brand new upgrade radiator that features a reinforced transmission cooling chamber. So in a sense, this transmission can fix your current problems, and prevent new ones for many years/miles.

If you are ready to make your Nissan Frontier reliable again, then give us a call at (866) 812-7560. Or you can enter your information below to get a price and availability.

What You Get With Every RE5R05A Transmission:

► Tru-Flat process applied to case, valve body and pump prevents cross-leakage and delivers consistent performance.
► Completely remanufactured valve body, with new pressure switches and, when needed, speed sensors. All valve bodies are tested independently to verify proper operation prior to the dynamometer testing of the completed transmissions.
Pre-Programmed: N
o Nissan dealer reflash or programming required.
► Remanufactured and improved torque converter tested for leaks, lockup, concentricity, and balance. Upgrades exceed OE requirements and eliminate the possibilities of front seal leaks, premature bushing wear, and vibration.
► All new, bushings installed in key locations to improve internal fluid flow control and fluid pressures.
► All bushings and machined surfaces are polished to a mirror-like OE finish of 15 RA or better.
► New radiator included free of charge, required to be replaced under warranty---including all rubber coolant hoses.
► Complete road simulation using a dynamometer testing program called C.A.R.S. (Computer Aided Road Simulation). Every transmission is cold and hot tested before shipment.

Our RE5R05A Series Transmission Updates and Upgrades

Fully Dyno Tested
Every transmission shipped has been through a complete road simulation (dyno test). Every transmission is cold AND hot-tested before shipment to ensure quality.
Buy factory direct wholesale and save an average $350 to $1200 vs. buying through shops or dealers. 3 year, unlimited mile, parts and labor, nationwide and transferable warranty. 6 Month Special Financing available through PayPal Credit.
Always free shipping to any commercially zoned address in the continental US*. No up-front core charges.** At Street Smart, we do not charge you hundreds of dollars extra that you have to wait weeks to receive back.
*Residential delivery add $200. We do not ship to AK, HI, PR or International.
**Excluding Dodge Diesel 48RE, 65RFE & 68RFE models.
Your mechanic installs your new transmission and places your old transmission (core) into our reusable container. You let us know when your vehicle is done and we'll send a truck to pick up the core free, within 24 hours.

Buy factory direct and save an average of $350 - $1200 than buying through a dealer or repair shop!

3 Year, Unlimited Miles - Nationwide & Transferable Warranty
Parts & Labor Coverage.

What’s a No Hassle Warranty?

Our commitment to delivering excellent service doesn’t end at the closing of the sale! Should you have any questions or concerns about your Shift Select transmission, our Product Support Team is only a phone call away. So what does a No Hassle Warranty really mean? When your transmission is installed at a licensed repair facility:

• You’re covered for 3 years unlimited mileage on standard application vehicles.
• Your warranty is attached to your VIN and transferable with vehicle ownership.
• You’re covered anywhere (and everywhere) in the continental United States.
• You’re back on the road fast; we send you a replacement transmission as soon as your warranty claim is submitted.
• We pay parts and labor to the shop installing your replacement transmission.

Labor Warranty: Up to $50/hour MItchell book hours for removal and re-installation. Must be initially installed at a licensed auto repair shop* for labor warranty to be valid.

*Licensed auto repair shop: A repair shop whose primary business is automotive repair and provides auto repair service to the general public.

Commercial Application: Vehicles of larger than one ton, transportation for hire (taxis, shuttles, limousine services) delivery service, police and any other emergency vehicles, and/or tow trucks.



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Fully remanufactured torque converter included. Converters are tested for leaks, lockup and balance. All upgrades exceed OE requirements.

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