Nissan Titan Transmission Problems & Cost | RE5R05A | RE7R01A

The Nissan Titan was equipped with the RE5R05A 5-speed and RE7R01A 7-speed transmission. The RE5R05A was known for early failure due to the factory radiator allowing engine coolant to enter the transmission through the cooling system, which sometimes can be fixed with a RE5R05A valve body replacement. But they aren’t without their problems though, so let’s look at some of the most common Nissan Titan transmission problems, look at cost estimates and figure out what you can do about them.

What Transmission Do I Have?

Nissan Titan Transmission Models

Nissan Titan: RE5R05A Transmission
Nissan Titan: RE7R01A Transmission

Nissan Titan Transmission Replacement Cost Estimate

Pricing varies by model. To be 100% sure on pricing, have your VIN# handy and use our Get An Estimate feature to look up your transmission by VIN#.

Replacement Nissan Titan Transmission Prices:

Transmission Street Smart Transmission
Nissan RE5R05A 2583

Remanufactured Nissan Titan RE5R05A Valve Body Prices:
$590 shipped at Street Smart Transmission

RE5R05A Valve Body Specific OBDII Codes

These codes may require just a RE5R05A valve body replacement

Trouble Code Description
U1000 Cannot Communicate with TCM / Class 2 Communications Failure
U0402 Invalid Data Received From Transmission Control Module
P0700 Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0705 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0720 Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0725 Engine Speed Input Circuit
P0740 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0744 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘A’
P1702 Nissan DTC: Transmission Control Module Unable to Access RAM
P1703 Nissan DTC: Transmission Control Module Unable to Access ROM
P1705 Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P1706 Nissan DTC: Park Neutral Position Switch Circuit Malfunction
P1710 Nissan DTC: Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P1716 Nissan DTC: Turbine Revolution Speed Sensor Circuit
P1721 Nissan DTC: Vehicle Speed Sensor MTR
P1730 Nissan DTC: A/T Interlock
P1731 Nissan DTC: A/T 1st Engine Braking / 1-2 Shift Malfunction
P1752 Nissan DTC: Input Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1754 Nissan DTC: Input Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1757 Nissan DTC: Front Brake Solenoid Valve
P1759 Nissan DTC: Front Brake Solenoid Valve Function
P1762 Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1764 Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1767 Nissan DTC: High and Low Reverse Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1769 Nissan DTC: High and Low Reverse Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1772 Nissan DTC: Low Coast Brake Solenoid Valve
P1774 Nissan DTC: Low Coast Brake Solenoid Valve Function
P1843 1-2 Shift Solenoid High Voltage
P1845 2-3 Shift Solenoid Low Voltage

What are the DTC codes related to Nissan Titan transmission problems?

Trouble Code Description
U1000 Cannot Communicate with TCM / Class 2 Communications Failure
U0402 Invalid Data Received From Transmission Control Module
P0700 Transmission Control System (MIL Request)
P0705 Transmission Range Sensor Circuit Malfunction (PRNDL Input)
P0710 Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P0717 Input/Turbine Speed Sensor Circuit No Signal
P0720 Output Speed Sensor Circuit
P0725 Engine Speed Input Circuit
P0729 Gear 6 Incorrect Ratio
P0730 Incorrect Gear Ratio
P0731 Gear 1 Incorrect Ratio
P0732 Gear 2 Incorrect Ratio
P0733 Gear 3 Incorrect Ratio
P0734 Gear 4 Incorrect Ratio
P0735 Gear 5 Incorrect Ratio
P0740 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Malfunction
P0744 Torque Converter Clutch Circuit Intermittent
P0745 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘A’
P0750 Shift Solenoid ‘A’
P0775 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘B’
P0780 Shift Malfunction
P0795 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘C’
P1705 Nissan DTC: Throttle Position Sensor Circuit Malfunction
P1710 Nissan DTC: Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor Circuit
P1721 Nissan DTC: Vehicle Speed Sensor MTR
P1730 Nissan DTC: A/T Interlock
P1731 Nissan DTC: A/T 1st Engine Braking / 1-2 Shift Malfunction
P1752 Nissan DTC: Input Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1754 Nissan DTC: Input Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1757 Nissan DTC: Front Brake Solenoid Valve
P1759 Nissan DTC: Front Brake Solenoid Valve Function
P1762 Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1764 Nissan DTC: Direct Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1767 Nissan DTC: High and Low Reverse Clutch Solenoid Valve
P1769 Nissan DTC: High and Low Reverse Clutch Solenoid Valve Function
P1772 Nissan DTC: Low Coast Brake Solenoid Valve
P1774 Nissan DTC: Low Coast Brake Solenoid Valve Function
P1826 Internal Mode Switch Circuit ‘C’ High
P1843 1-2 Shift Solenoid High Voltage
P1845 2-3 Shift Solenoid Low Voltage
P2713 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘D’
P2722 Pressure Control Solenoid ‘E’ Malfunction
P2731 Pressure Control Solenoid F

Nissan Titan Transmission Recalls

Nissan Titan Technical Service Bulletins (TSB)

Common Nissan Titan Transmission Problems

RE5R05A valve body problems
Although Nissan tends to make very reliable vehicles, the RE5R05A valve body can fail prematurely if the transmission is not maintained properly, and the cooling system design flaw is not addressed in time. Simply rebuilding the valve body typically will not solve problems caused by warping, cracking and damaged bores. The best way around this is to install a remanufactured RE5R05A valve body from a reputable company that has modified it to address the factory design flaws and metal fatigue. To learn more about one of these reman valve bodies, click here. You can also click here to read more about RE5R05A valve body problems.

Transmission won’t upshift from 1-2 or 2-3 – RE5R05A transmission
Problem – The transmission may hesitate or refuse to shift from 1st to 2nd gear, or 3rd to 4th gear. It may also refuse to shift manually.
Solution – These common RE5R05A transmission problems can be caused by a number of things that include dirty transmission fluid, a clogged transmission fluid filter, a failed vehicle speed sensor, direct clutch solenoid valve or inadequate line pressure. The valve body, TCM or direct clutch may have also failed, and/or there may be wiring/communication issues within the CAN bus system.

RE5R05A transmission won’t downshift
Problem – Here are the possible reasons for a no-downshift condition:

5th-4th gear: Transmission fluid level/condition, failed vehicle speed sensor, front band solenoid valve, direct clutch solenoid valve, front brake band, input clutch, inadequate line pressure, failed TCM, failed valve body wiring/communication issues within the CAN bus system.

4th-3rd gear: Transmission fluid level/condition, failed vehicle speed sensor, input clutch solenoid valve, front brake solenoid valve, TCM, valve body, wiring/communication issues within the CAN bus system, inadequate line pressure, failed input clutch.

3rd-2nd gear: Transmission fluid level and condition, failed vehicle speed sensor, high and low reverse clutch solenoid valve, inadequate line pressure, failed TCM or valve body, failed high and low reverse clutch, wiring/communication issues within the CAN bus system.

2nd-1st gear: Transmission fluid level and condition, failed vehicle speed sensor, direct clutch solenoid valve, inadequate line pressure, wiring/communication issues within the CAN bus system, failed TCM, failed valve body, failed direct clutch.

RE5R05A transmission slips or will not engage the following gears:

1st gear: 3rd one-way clutch, 1st one-way clutch, reverse brake, forward brake, direct clutch solenoid valve, valve body, gear damage.

2nd gear: Low coast brake solenoid valve, 3rd one-way clutch, direct clutch, forward brake, valve body failure, gear damage.

3rd gear: 3rd one-way clutch, high and low reverse clutch, forward one-way clutch, forward brake, failed valve body, gear damage.

4th gear: Input clutch solenoid valve, direct clutch solenoid valve, high and low reverse clutch solenoid valve, low coast brake solenoid valve, front brake solenoid valve, input clutch, direct clutch, high and low reverse clutch, valve body failure, gear damage.

5th gear: Front brake solenoid valve, front brake band, input clutch, high and low reverse clutch, gear damage, valve body failure.

Vehicle will not move when in first gear – RE5R05A transmission
Problem – After shifting into Drive, the vehicle may seem to engage first gear but it won’t move.
Solution – This problem may be caused by several things, including a failed torque converter, accelerator pedal position sensor, transmission pump, 3rd one-way clutch, 1st one-way clutch, reverse brake, forward one-way clutch or forward brake.

Poor acceleration when in Drive – RE5R05A transmission
Problem – After placing the gear selector in Drive, the acceleration may be noticeably poor given the throttle position.
Solution – This problem may be caused by several things including; a failed accelerator pedal position sensor, PNP switch, A/T position switch, torque converter failure, transmission pump failure, a failed 1st one-way clutch, reverse brake, forward brake, and/or forward one-way clutch.

Transmission slips/engine races when accelerating – RE7R01A transmission
Problem – If you step on the gas and the engine races without increasing the vehicle speed, the transmission may be slipping.
Solution – If your RE7R01A transmission is slipping, it could be caused by a number of things including; a failing line pressure solenoid valve, low brake solenoid valve, direct clutch solenoid valve, 2346 brake solenoid valve, anti-interlock solenoid valve, input speed sensor, output speed sensor, transmission fluid temperature sensor, wiring/communication issue with the CAN bus system, or valve body issues/failure.

Transmission range switch failure – RE7R01A transmission
Problem – If the transmission range sensor has failed in your Nissan, a number of symptoms can occur including having a difficult time engaging or disengaging Park, the vehicle moves forward when the gear selector is in the P and/or R position, the vehicle moves backward when the shifter is in the D position.
Solution – Check, adjust and/or replace the shift linkage and/or the transmission range switch.

Lack of Response
Leaking Fluid
Low Fluid
Burning Smell
Grinding or Shaking
Whining, Clunking or Humming
Refuses to Go Into Gear
Torque Converter Issues
Valve Body Issues
Transmission Noisy in Neutral
Gears Slipping
No 3rd or 4th Gear
No 1st or 2nd Gear
No Reverse
Dragging Clutch
Trouble Codes / Check Engine Light

Can I drive with a transmission problem?

If your Nissan Titan can still make it up and down the road, you might say “It’s fine, I’ll just drive it until I can get it fixed”. But that is not always a good idea, depending on the symptoms. You see, there are a lot of (very expensive) moving parts inside of a transmission, and if something isn’t right, continuing to drive with a transmission problem could damage something else.

How often does a Nissan Titan transmission need to be replaced?

The overall lifespan of a Nissan Titan transmission largely depends on how well it was maintained. Factory design flaws also factor into this equation (including the radiator issue that plagued the Nissan RE5R05A in the Pathfinder, Armada, Titan, Frontier and Xterra), along with how/how hard you drive. But on average, we’ve seen the Nissan Titan transmissions last for between 130,000-180,000 miles. A high quality replacement transmission however, can last considerably longer if all of the factory design flaws have been addressed and the vehicle has been maintained.

How are Nissan Titan transmission issues diagnosed?

It is fairly easy to guesstimate what the root cause of your Nissan Titan transmission problems might be, but you won’t truly know unless you have the right tools and experience. A good mechanic or transmission repair center will be able to connect your truck to a computer and find out which diagnostic trouble codes (DTC’s) have been stored. Once they know what to look for, they can perform a visual inspection to verify the problem.

How is a Nissan Titan transmission replaced?

In order to replace your Nissan Titan transmission, the truck has to be lifted from the ground in order to gain access to all of the parts that will need to be unbolted. Then the transmission can be lowered to the ground (typically with a transmission jack), so the new transmission can be installed.

Recommendations for Nissan Titan transmission issues?

To save time and get back on the road faster, have your 17-digit truck VIN# handy and you can get an online quote for a reman Nissan Titan transmission here, then find a local shop using our Find a Shop guide to install it for you.

How to Solve Nissan Titan Transmission Problems

Solution A: Buy a Used Nissan Titan Transmission

The quickest way to fix your transmission problems is to simply buy a used transmission or used transmission. These can be found at most junk yards, and they often come with a 30-90 day warranty. However, there’s no way to determine the actual condition of the internal components, so you could be spending a bunch of money to have the exact same problems. Plus, that warranty only covers the transmission if it’s defective, not the labor costs that you’ll have to pay.

Solution B: Buy a Rebuilt Nissan Titan Transmission

Another option would be a rebuilt transmission or rebuilt transmission. A local repair shop will remove your transmission, then install a bunch of new parts during the rebuild. The problem here is, the skills and experience of each transmission rebuilder will vary widely from shop to shop, so you could have problems from something that wasn’t adjusted properly. And the 1-2 year warranty might only cover you at certain transmission repair shops, in a specific geographical area.

Solution C: Buy a Remanufactured Nissan Titan Transmission

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