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Old 11-28-2012, 05:48 AM
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2011 Nissan Altima CVT Jerk

So today I was driving up this incline at low speeds, at about 25 MPH and then came to a complete stop. Light turned green, slowly pressed on the gas, car jerked hard forward and back as if I let off the clutch really fast in a manual. This is the SECOND time it has done it within the first year of ownership.

This was so ridiculously hard that I have whiplash and my neck hurts.

After that the car drove off fine.

The first time, I thought it was just the torque converter engaging or something. Now this was something else . What the heck went on? Is this the CVT surge? It doesn't happen all the time however.
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Old 11-28-2012, 07:30 AM
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dude ur car is something else! now u can take it in and try to explain what happened. and nissan will claim they never heard that and since they are unable to recreate they cant do nothing

hope u r alright man. if u can find a way to figure out what triggers it then it will help
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:22 AM
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dude ur car is something else! now u can take it in and try to explain what happened. and nissan will claim they never heard that and since they are unable to recreate they cant do nothing

hope u r alright man. if u can find a way to figure out what triggers it then it will help
Yeah The car kicked my ass...literally and unexpected
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Old 11-28-2012, 09:54 AM
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Mine does that too. My van does not
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It's never happened in my 3.5.
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Mine does that too. My van does not
Do you know how to trigger it?
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It happens on my 09 2.5s too but much more lightly. I noticed that it only happens in the VERY LOW RPMs (0.8-1.2). I feel like it doesn't give enough gas so the engine got angry.
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It happens on my 09 2.5s too but much more lightly. I noticed that it only happens in the VERY LOW RPMs (0.8-1.2). I feel like it doesn't give enough gas so the engine got angry.
800? That's like near idle isn't it? Sometimes I wonder if the CVT boggs the engine.
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800? That's like near idle isn't it? Sometimes I wonder if the CVT boggs the engine.
Yeah, it's as if you tap the gas pedal at it's lightest that creates the jerk. This rarely happens but when it does, the car feels like it doesn't have enough gas to move.
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Yeah, it's as if you tap the gas pedal at it's lightest that creates the jerk. This rarely happens but when it does, the car feels like it doesn't have enough gas to move.
I guess I'll just rev it up
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Same here. That happened to me in a parking lot this last week. First time I really noticed it.
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hopefully that jerking doesn't develop into a full replacement like with mine. I first had the surge/lag, then the jerkiness randomly, then it flagged the SES lights. Got my cvt replaced at 48k miles. Now it's been running fine with no lag or jerkiness
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Same here. That happened to me in a parking lot this last week. First time I really noticed it.
I hope it's not the torque converter
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Old 11-29-2012, 09:26 AM
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Do you know how to trigger it?
Lightly on the gas seems to do it for me...not always..but often. Junk
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I had the same problem since I first bought the car. Nissan thought I was crazy and now they are saying they will only do it if they can replicate it.
Do you get the feeling that when it does the jerk, the engine feels like it died out?
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