Here are the latest reader Qs – and my answers!
I have a 2015 Nissan Juke Nismo that was rear-ended. I was at a stop light waiting to turn left and the impact was rather violent. I noticed that the impact resulted in the automatic transmission being thrown into park from the drive position. I did drive the car to a collision center but never exceeded 30 MPH. Lots of noises creaks, and squeaks along the way, but I did not notice any noise or an issue with the transmission. My question is should I be concerned about the transmission and possible problems in the future resulting from the crash? I realize the Juke is very light and the transmission is a CVT designed unit. Thank you.
Since the vehicle was stationary when the impact occurred, the shifter moving from Drive to Park ought not to have caused any damage to the transmission itself; after all, this is the same thing you do routinely, every day. With a caveat: Assuming the selector was not moved into Park while the vehicle was in motion, from the force of the impact.
Probably, no damage was done – but a thorough checkout is in order. Many modern cars have drive-by-wire controls, in which case, there is no need to worry regardless as there is no physical linkage between the gearshift lever and the transmission. The electronics translate your inputs into action – and usually there are safeguards built into the programming to prevent, for example, the transmission gear selector from engaging Park or Reverse while the vehicle is in motion.
The creaks and other noises you heard were almost certainly the result of bent metal, things rubbing against each other, etc., as a result of the physical damage to the car’s bodywork and not a transmission issue.
Still, mention your concern/explain what happened to the shop working on the car. When the car has been repaired and is ready for pick-up, take it for a test drive before you sign off any paperwork. Be sure the transmission is operating normally/as before the wreck. If it’s not, have them fix it – and don’t sign off on the insurance settlement until you are satisfied.
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