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?catastrophic transmission failure?

Fri Mar 08, 2019 4:57 pm

The problem has been coming on over the past few weeks--when I pressed the accelerator, there was a delay 'till the car "chunked" into drive, and when I put it in park it would creep a foot or so before halting abruptly. Now my 2012 Leaf won't move, and I can hear the motor spinning. I can't find any reference to this problem online, and of course the local dealer hasn't seen it before, since they've hardly seen a Leaf before. I live in the mountains, and need to figure out if this is worth the $500 tow bill just to find out if the car will need it's whole value in repair.

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Re: ?catastrophic transmission failure?

Fri Mar 08, 2019 6:41 pm

Yikes. There is no "transmission" in the usual sense, just a reduction gear and presumably some kind of differential, or something that functions as one. I can't think of a failure that would let the car move, but only a little. I'm guessing it's the drive motor that has issues...
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Re: ?catastrophic transmission failure?

Sat Mar 09, 2019 6:19 am

Just a WAG but could it be something stuck in the electric parking brake? I guess to test you could put it in neutral on a flat area and see if you could push the car, I suppose you could also jack it up and see if all wheels easily spin?? Like Leftie I haven't read of anyone having a similar problem so I'm just grasping at straws.
Oh, any error lights on the dash?
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