What causes a transmission to not want to shift?
Over time, dirt, debris and other tiny particles can accumulate in the transmission fluid, affecting its fluid properties. This can cause the vehicle to die when you shift into drive or reverse, allow a loss of power, transmission slip, rough shifts or even prevent the vehicle from shifting into gear at all. via
Does 2008 Nissan Maxima have transmission problems?
Noisy and Rough Transmission Shifting
The owner of this 2008 Maxima reported in August of 2008 that when shifting from drive to reverse and vice versa, the gears can be heard making clicking noises. Meanwhile, the transmission and vehicle itself seem to jerk or lunge while shifting. via
Is there any recalls on a 2008 Nissan Maxima?
2008 Nissan Maxima Recalls
There have been no safety recalls issued from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. via
What does it mean when your automatic car wont change gears?
Why the Transmission Won't Shift Gears. One reason why an automatic transmission isn't shifting into gear has to do with the fluid. If it's not at the right level or the incorrect type has been used, then it'll affect the gears. Another big reason has to do with the ECM possibly going bad. via
How do you troubleshoot a CVT transmission?
Why my car won't move in drive but will in reverse?
This could likely be due to a faulty computer that controls the transmission, a faulty transmission solenoid, or another issue with your transmission. If there is an issue with your solenoid you could be experiencing slipping gears or a transmission that won't shift into gear properly at all. via
What kind of transmission fluid does a 2008 Nissan Maxima take?
Valvoline - DEXRON®-VI ATF Full Synthetic Automatic Transmission Fluid, 1 Gallon (Part No. 883572) via