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JX35 - Failed Transfer Case

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JX35 - Failed Transfer Case

Hey guys - not sure if anyone can help or suggest anything, but I have a 2013 JX35 that is 4 months off warranty and the transfer case has completely failed. I am in Montreal and the repair cost is $5000 including parts and labour. My understanding is that this SHOULD be covered under the CVT warranty extension as the transfer case is part of the transmission - but Infiniti is telling me my VIN doesnt qualify.

Any suggestions or help anyone can offer as to what (if any) recourse I have? ;(
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The transfer case is separate from the CVT. Did you check the fluid condition/level every 24,000km/1yr as per the maintenance schedule?
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derass wrote: The transfer case is separate from the CVT. Did you check the fluid condition/level every 24,000km/1yr as per the maintenance schedule?
I took my car to Nissan and let them inspect it. I think the last one I did was around 50000 - probably around 14 months ago. I am at 65000 right now.
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Could you share the details of the extended cvt warranty? My parents have a 2013 jx35 with a 100k, no problems yet but wondering if it still have coverage if something goes.
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eldiablo wrote: https://www.classaction.org/nissan-path ... on-lawsuit

https://topclassactions.com/lawsuit-set ... ettlement/

https://static.nhtsa.gov/odi/tsbs/2019/ ... 3-0001.pdf

** There is a lot of info on these defective transfer cases from US class-action suits and several large law firms.
I don’t know much about cars, but from what I’ve read the transfer case is part of the transmission. Is this your understanding as well?
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boojew wrote: I don’t know much about cars, but from what I’ve read the transfer case is part of the transmission. Is this your understanding as well?
In vehicles I am aware of, a faulty transfer case can be kept in place but tidily decommissioned by removing driveshafts and sealing them off.

Leaving you with a permanent 2WD vehicle. You cannot do anything equivalent to that with a faulty transmission.

Which supports the statement that the transfer case is not part of the transmission. Part of the drivetrain certainly, but not part of the transmission any more than a differential is.

(Not saying the above could be a viable solution/compromise in your predicament, but mentioned it for illustrative purposes. The failure might be such that not even 2WD can be supported.)
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What were the symptoms ?

I don't think the Jx35 has a traditional 4X4 "transfer case" . Click on the diagram below to open it up fully
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It's like a FWD drive train with transverse mounted engine and transmission = mounted sideways

There's a "transfer case" which is like a "90 degree gear adaptor" . It bolts in between the CVT and the right front drive axle

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The AWD smarts are in the rear differential where the "electric controlled coupling" controls whether it's 2WD or 4WD
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boojew wrote: I don’t know much about cars, but from what I’ve read the transfer case is part of the transmission. Is this your understanding as well?
It's a separate component.
The transfer case and tranny on my Explorer failed separately.
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vkizzle wrote: It's a separate component.
The transfer case and tranny on my Explorer failed separately.
Then OP is in for alot of butt hurt.
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cristianosham wrote: Then OP is in for alot of butt hurt.
The transfer case is generally the weakest link in a transverse mounted engine AWD platform.
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More evidence of Nissan "quality"
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Swerny wrote: More evidence of Nissan "quality"
3 rear ends (2 under warranty) and 1 transfer case not under warranty on a few frontiers I own...yea shit quality ..needless to say, that one frontier is now a 2wd as I just ripped out the transfer case (not worth fixing at 200k)...and if its powertrain warranty its should be covered as its a awd vehicle and if awd fails it should be covered...
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vkizzle wrote: It's a separate component.
The transfer case and tranny on my Explorer failed separately.
so if your transfer case fails on a awd vehicle..is that not part of the powertrain ?

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