Nissan Sentra Overdrive Not Working – How To Fix

By Max Anthony •  Updated: 10/05/22 •  3 min read

If you are driving a Sentra, chances are that you love it. It is a very affordable car and does everything that you would want it to do. However, there is one problem that many Sentra owners have with their car and that is the overdrive not working properly.

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If your overdrive isn’t working properly, you may have to take your car in for service. However, there are some simple steps that you can take to fix this problem yourself if you know what to look for.

Symptoms

The signs that your Nissan Sentra overdrive is not working properly include a loss of power, especially when you step on the gas pedal. This may be due to a faulty transmission shift solenoid or a blown fuse that is causing your overdrive to not work.

Causes

There are several reasons why your overdrive may not be working properly. You can check the most common problems below.

Wiring Problem – If you have a problem with your vehicle’s wiring, your overdrive won’t start. It is a very common problem with older cars and can be caused by several different things like an electrical short or a faulty fuse.

To fix this, you will need to take apart your entire car and examine all of the wirings in the vehicle to see if there are any problems or damages that may have occurred over time. If you are still unsure about what is wrong with your car, get it checked out by a mechanic.

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Faulty Overdrive Motor – If your overdrive motor is broken, then it will not be able to properly work on your car. To fix this, you will need to replace the overdrive motor.

Procedures

Here are some simple steps that you can take to fix your overdrive on your Nissan Sentra:

Open the hood of your car and locate the switch that turns on your engine. It is located on the driver’s side of the car, near the front of the vehicle. Use a flathead screwdriver to pry it open a bit so that you can get into the interior of the overdrive switch.

Take off all the plastic parts that may be covering wires or fuse boxes inside of the switches. Clean out any dust that may be in the switches.

Check for any debris or dirt that may be residing in the switch housings, and if you find any, vacuum it out or blow it out with a compressed air compressor.

You will probably want to use a very small brush to get any small dust particles out of the switch. Check for any burnt wires in the switches – if there are any, cut them off with a pair of scissors and put them in the trash before putting everything back together.

Check for damage to the wiring inside the switches as well, if there is damage, make sure you repair it before putting everything back together again, by cutting off any damaged parts and putting in new ones.

Once you have cleaned out all of the switches, you can reassemble them back together and put your car back together again.

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Max Anthony

Max is a gizmo-savvy guy, who has a tendency to get pulled into the nitty gritty details of technology and cars. He attended UT Austin, where he studied Information Science. He’s married and has three kids, one dog and a GMC truck and a Porsche 911. With a large family, he still finds time to share tips and tricks on cars, trucks and more.

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