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    2009 Murano leaking transfer case

    I have a 2009 Murano AWD that is at 107k miles. It is currently leaking fluid out of the transfer case. Has anyone had this issue and how did you resolve it and at what cost?
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    2012 G37S 6MT Black on Black.
    2013 Pathfinder Platinum Premium
    Previously Owned:

    2006 G35 6MT Black on Black.(Sold)
    2009 Murano SL (Sold)
    2004 Armada SE 4X4 (Sold)
    2000 Maxima SE 5 Speed(Sold)
    1997 Hardbody 5 Speed (Sold)
    1982 200SX 5 speed(Sold)
    1981 200SX 5 speed (Sold)
    Other Cars:
    2000 Toyota Tundra
    1995 5 speed Dodge Neon
    1981 Chevy Chevette
    1972 Buick Century

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    Where <exactly> is your leak?

    If its at the transmission you might be in luck.
    Nissan just extended on all 09 + CVT's the warranty to 10 years 120,000 miles fully transferable.
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    Do an internet search on Murano transfer case leak and you'll find a lot of reading. It seems like many of them start leaking - either from the seals or from a crack in the case - at 75,000-100,000 miles. The cost to pull the case and replace the seals is stout - $1,800-2,000.

    Check your powertrain warranty, but at 107k miles I doubt you have any warranty left. I'd check the fluid in the transfer case regularly - like every 30 days at most - since it doesn't hold a lot and if it runs dry you are looking at major repairs.

    Might be time to consider a trade!

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    With the recent warranty extension is the transfer case considered part of the transmission or not?
    What do you think Mike?
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    Based on what I read, it's probably not. It looks like the warranty extension was specifically for the CVT.

    From the Nissan website:

    "First, to provide you with additional assurance regarding your overall cost of ownership we have doubled the warranty period for the Continuously Variable Transmission in your Nissan. The existing powertrain warranty coverage of 5 years/60,000 miles will be extended at no cost to you, for CVT repairs, replacements or related towing, to 10 years/120,000 miles, whichever comes first." (Emphasis mine)

    It looks like the transfer case in AWD vehicles isn't considered part of the transmission. But I'd certainly ask!

    LINK to Nissan announcement

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    It is absolutely the transfer case. I think this car is done with our family. New Pathfinder is looking better everyday.
    Current:

    1981 280ZX Turbo, (failed inspection, back in drydock, HELP!!!)
    2012 G37S 6MT Black on Black.
    2013 Pathfinder Platinum Premium
    Previously Owned:

    2006 G35 6MT Black on Black.(Sold)
    2009 Murano SL (Sold)
    2004 Armada SE 4X4 (Sold)
    2000 Maxima SE 5 Speed(Sold)
    1997 Hardbody 5 Speed (Sold)
    1982 200SX 5 speed(Sold)
    1981 200SX 5 speed (Sold)
    Other Cars:
    2000 Toyota Tundra
    1995 5 speed Dodge Neon
    1981 Chevy Chevette
    1972 Buick Century

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    Like I said above, montyz81, I'd sure ask the dealer before I gave up on it. The cracking cases are a known issue, and if yours is cracked and not just a worn-out seal, they may well take care of it for you.

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    I have the same issue, in fact I have 54000 miles on my '09 Murano and this will be the SECOND time mine needs to be fixed. Just went to the dealer for a regular service today and was told the seals are leaking again, last time was 15K miles ago.

    Dealer said Nissan will cover the cost of repairs under warranty.
    2009 Murano LE/AWD/NAV Grey Metallic with Caffe Latte Leather

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    Anyone had any luck with Nissan taking responsibility for the bad transfer cases?

    Hey everyone, I have an '09 Murano SL awd and am having the CVT replaced under the revised factory warranty. While it was in for service the tech noted the leaking transfer case and said that it's not covered under the warranty extension. The problem is, he also said that it is one of several VIN's that doesn't qualify for the rebuild option. (according to him, there are a range of VIN's that require the whole case to be replaced since the vendor Nissan used made them poorly) My bone with Nissan North America is that if they know of the issue and have been able to isolate the particular VIN's associated, where is the voluntary recall for the shotty parts! I've been on the phone with customer care, and didn't hear anything back until I finally filed a complaint with the BBB. (surprise, surprise, Nissan called me 2 days later. Not to help, just to find out why I filed a complaint) Anyhow, anyone had a similar situation? Or has anyone heard of this VIN situation? If so, I would love some input. Thanks.

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    2009 leaking transfer case Murano

    I own a 2009 Murano AWD. Bought it new in 2008. It has 72,700 miles on it. It is our 2nd Murano, and my wife and I have loved them both. However, I took it in for it's 75,000 mi service, and was told that the transfer case was leaking. No solution but to either replace seals (estimate $1700), or worse case scenario, replace the unit (est $3100) Yikes!! then I remembered that Nissan extended the original transmission drive train warrenty to 10 years/120,000 mi. WOOPEE! But not so fast. I was told that the transfer case was not included in the extended warrenty, only the CVT transmission. I argued the point with the dealership, and pointed out the language in the letter I received from Nissan informing me of the extended warrenty left no doubt that the transfer case is part of that drivetrain group. NO DICE. I moved on to Nissan Consumer affairs, and pleaded my case again. Got the same result. I pushed back, and Nissan did come back and cover half the charges. The unit had to be replaced, and my half of the cost was $1379.76. I still think I was taken advantage of. I demanded to see the old unit, and the technician told me that the new unit is a redisigned transfer case. The original design caused metal to metal contact, (which is what caused the seals to fail), and the new design is supposed to solve for that issue.... WHY NO RECALL??? I'm going back to Nissan North America to see if I can recoup the $ 1379 I had to spend.

    Quote Originally Posted by montyz81 View Post
    I have a 2009 Murano AWD that is at 107k miles. It is currently leaking fluid out of the transfer case. Has anyone had this issue and how did you resolve it and at what cost?

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    I have the same leaking transfer case that needed to be replace

    I will have to pay $ 1500 + to get it replace. Any one knows how many owners of Murano that have the same problem?

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    Hi, bb3. It does appear to be a known issue. From what I've read on the internet, the case is probe to cracking after many miles of use, and the leaking starts. If it gets bad enough, the transmission is toast, so it's something you have to address.

    If you haven't already done so, do some internet research. I seem to recall Nissan extended the warranty, but I'm not 100% sure of that. But if your Murano is out of warranty, it comes out of your pocket.
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