How to resolve jerking and hesitation while driving.


Asked by GuruZCZ8Y Mar 17, 2018 at 07:36 AM about the 2006 Nissan Murano S AWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2006 Nissan Murano, a week ago it started
jerking and hesitating really bad while driving. I have had
the crankshaft sensor replaced, air fuel sensor replaced,
fuel injections cleaned, both catalytic converters replaced,
oxygen sensors (bank 1&2) replaced and the exhaust
manifold has been replaced ALL WITHIN THE LAST 7
days! I have put over $2000 into this car, missed an entire
week of work and it is STILL jerking! I only have one car,
very very little left to invest in it and I need my car to work!

29 Answers


No check engine light. I’ve been to my regular mechanic, Nissan dealership and a muffler shop (the muffler shop was recommended by Nissan to cut costs). It hesitates from stop and sometimes while driving, mostly from stop. Initially I kept getting the code for the crankshaft sensor then all the other things followed.

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Maybe the crankshaft sensor replacement is defective, I had one of those two years ago. Or it was installed correctly. But, yes, who diagnosed and did all the work, one mechanic, different shops?

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I’ve have the crankshaft sensor replaced twice both times the check engine light was on, took it to autozone got the report stating crankshaft sensor needed to be replaced. The first time (a mechanic referred by a friend) the part was faulty the second time it was loose (regular mechanic) finally I took it to the Nissan dealership, it was resolved along with fuel injectors being cleaned. The car began to jerk again, then the light came back on the Nissan dealership said it was the catalytic converters and referred me to a muffler shop to cut costs. The muffler shop replaced both as well they stated both oxygen sensors needed to be replaced along with the exhaust manifold. All done. The car is still jerking and at this point I’m not sure how to proceed. Can someone please help???

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Frankly, it is frustrating when not even the dealer can pin point a problem. I have to say that my feeling is that so far no one has been able to do a correct diagnosis and you have been expending money needlessly. I hope that some of the other Gurus answer you and can offer advise from personal experience.

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Same thing was going on with my Murano and replaced the coil pack and now it's fine

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It was the transmission

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What was wrong with it?

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Try having them to check the transmission

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I took my to the dealer for the same thing. TCU replaced, two transmissions put in, coil packs replaced, axle replaced. Turned it back to me and said they could not fix it. SO frustrated with this. Any ideas?

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I ended up selling the car to salvage. I was told it was a transmission issue that even if resolved would only be temporary.

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My Murano was jerking and hesitating really bad at times. Sometimes it drove perfect. I took it to nissan dealer and found out the problem was the battery. It was causing low voltage to a lot of electronic components and throwing several codes. After the battery was replaced it drives perfect.

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Sir, My car is also nissan murano 2006...same jerking problem from past 1 year or so.... mechanic is saying knock sensor replacement is required ....not sure if your car is fixed or not but have you given thought of replacing knock sensor ? drop me a email if it worked for you: kapil.dangey gmail dot com

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IT WAS THE TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSIONS! TRANSMISSION! TRANSMISSION! The guy said once you have a transmission problem with the Nissan Murano YOU WILL ALWAYS have problems with transmission. I sold it for parts and bought another car.

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I see a lot of people having jerking problems with Murano’s. Mine did as well. I did these 3 steps not sure which one did the trick. I tuned it up and used new coil packs. Cleaned the throttle body and did relearn procedure. Lastly I changed cvt fluid. I’m thinking it was I changed the cvt fluid because it was dark as coke. I hope this helps someone because it frustrated me a month thinking it was my cvt gone bad!

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With the problem will the car shut off from jerking?

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At fist it did but that was a crank sensor. I replaced it and both cam sensors. When you replace one you may as well do them all. You can do them in an hour. That wouldn’t cause the jerking but it would cause your Murano to shut off. If it’s jerking drain cvt fluid if it’s dark that’s your culprit. Cheap oil change place will put transmission fluid in for cvt fluid and I can promise you it will have your Murano jerking. Also with my cam sensor I got a check engine light. For the jerking you wont unless it’s an internal transmission problem.

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I have a 2005 Nissan Murano and mine would do the same thing. I have a 6 cylinder so I have to replace each Coil one by one. Sometimes the check engine light doesn’t tell which coil it is so you need a darn good mechanic to find which one is causing the jerking. But I guarantee you it’s just a cool.

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I just brought in my 2015 Murano with the same issues. There is a Nissan bulletin for this issue providing direction on how to correct but not a recall??

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Change the cvt fluid. People mistakenly think that they can use transmission fluid instead of cvt fluid. Auto sales cvt fluid by castrol and it has been fine for my 2015 murano.

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My 06 started jerking me around hoping it was the battery I just replaced .. some how after all my reads this problem is not over...

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Murano's 03-06 i believe were the years (1st gen) HAVE transmission problems point blank. Should have ended in a class action lawsuit but somehow didnt. Yes there are other contributing factors cam, crank, mass air flow sensors. Those are all good parts to check... simplest way to check them... unplug them WHILE running! If it does not change the engine's idle or drive characteristics then more then likely that is not your problem. ALWAYS do this before you throw any electrical parts at them (that goes for all vehicles).I have however have owned 4 different vg35de compatible vehicles (2 murano,s 2 maxima's) Same exact engine besides tuning i believe. I have had a mass air flow problem before... A alternator problem before. A battery problem on this current 04 murano A cam sensor prob ( they break really easy changing the radiator simple fix remove them before replacement). The engine's are great engine's the electronics on them are not. Always use mass air flow sensor cleaner while cleaning maf sensors. Otherwise you just shot yourself in the foot. Also use the plug and play method with coil packs. Lol also remeber batteries and fuses are 75% of the time culprits! Hope this rundown of the vg35de motor and jatco cvt (junk transmissions )saves alot of people some time and money.

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have seen a few issues with crank sensors where the installer nicked the oring and sensor wasn't in all the way and had an air gap issue from the sensor to the pickup ring and I have seen a twice now with nissans where the pickup ring aka reluctar had damage where the signal out of the crank sensor was erractic and no codes popped up and fyi some after market crank sensors have orings to large in diameter causing them not to fit in the hole and installer tightens up bolt and bends sensor a cocks it the hole as changes air gap and produces a running issue with no codes hopefully it helps really need a lab scope to back probe ecm to see how the signal is to determine ckp sensor state

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and one other thing to check is cam timming and cam sensor signals too with a lab scope have seen in various Nissan models this cause all kinds of driveability symptoms with or without codes set

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I have a 2010 Nissan Murano that started hesitating upon stopping at a light and taking off again. Also problems with inclines where it would sometimes just almost lose power. Took it in a couple of times with no luck. Was not throwing any codes. Finally took it back again as it was getting worse. Mechanic found the Intake Boot Had dry rotted and was allowing to much oxygen intake. Replaced and it has been running fine since. Part was $108.00.

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My 05 just started doing the jerking at 185000 miles on acceleration and it will give me the codes p0303 but to my surprise it wasn't a coil or spark plug it was a little sensor called a speed sensor... Its located between the radiator and the transmission housing right by the starter....going to put 1 on in the morning will let you guys know how it turned out....Hope this helped someone before you throw away a good car....part does cost 168.99 from part store maybe cheaper online

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2019 Nissan Murano 2,500.00 mil transmission jerking when accelerating hard

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As a follow up to my original post. Nissan replaced my transmission under warranty. I just made it in with a few thousand miles under the warranty limit! The replacement transmission has had some modifications to prevent future issues, hopefully, but Nissan is not going to do a recall or extend the warranty on existing vehicles. The replacement transmission only gets the usual maintenance warranty. I find this surprising as Nissan is replacing all the transmission on vehicles brought in for this issue. My dealership has been scheduling in transmission replacements regularly! I am not sure why Nissan does not have to make this a recall when they know there is an issue? If the owner doesn't get the vehicle repaired while under warranty, they will be responsible for paying a portion or all of the repair cost! My STRONG suggestion is to get your vehicle in for service as soon as you notice any hesitation, bucking, or anything else odd with how your vehicle is driving. Good luck.

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06 Murano jerks at low rpms vdcslp and awd lights are on

2003 Murano. 130,000 miles. just hesitant, jerking when going up incline, hills. cylinder6 the boot on coil pack had white, dusty spot on it. was small hole and it was causing cylinder6 to missfire. I changed all 6 plugs and one rubber boots. that fixed the jerking and hesitation uphill. still didn't sound right and engine light would blink when you throttled hard. was my catalytic converter on passenger side of engine right off the manifold. swapped it and that had my Murano back to good

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