I30 1996-1997

Transmission Fluid Temperature Sensor

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Operation



Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001

The Transmission Fluid Temperature (TFT) Sensor is a Negative Temperature Coefficient (NTC) Thermistor that monitors the transmission/transaxle fluid (ATF) temperature. The TFT Sensor operates within a 5 volt DC reference range, and provides a linear input signal to the Electronic Control Module (ECM) that is based upon the measured ATF temperature. The ECM uses data from the TFT Sensor to identify potential problems that may result from excessive fluid temperature such as excessive vehicle load and/or component failure, or an open or short in the TFT circuit.

Removal & Installation



Specific to:

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

The Transmission Fluid Temperature (TFT) sensor is located inside the valve body.

The manufacturer does not provide a specific removal and installation procedure for this component.

Testing



Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001


NOTE
Refer to the Electrical Wiring Diagram for component and connector locations, connector views, and circuit-specific information.

Connection & Wiring Diagnosis

Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001

Refer to the Electrical Wiring Diagram for component and connector locations, connector views, and circuit-specific information.

Many intermittent open or short circuits may be caused by wiring harness and connector movement due to vibration, engine torque, bumps and rough pavement, etc.

  1. Test the wiring harness and connectors by performing the following tests:

    Move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring the appropriate scan tool data.
     
    Move the related connectors and wiring with the component commanded ON and OFF. Using a suitable the scan tool, observe the component operation.
     
    With the engine running, move the related connectors and wiring while monitoring component operation.
     
    If harness or connector movement affects the data displayed, the component and system operation, or the engine operation, inspect and repair the harness or connections as necessary.
     

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  3. Test the connector terminal pins and/or wiring by performing the following tests:

    Inspect for incorrect mating of the connector halves, or terminals not fully seated in the connector body.
     
    Inspect for improperly formed or damaged terminals and test for incorrect terminal tension.
     
    Inspect for poor terminal to wire connections including terminals crimped over insulation. This requires removing the terminal from the connector body.
     
    Inspect for corrosion or water intrusion. Pierced or damaged insulation can allow moisture to enter the wiring. The conductor can corrode inside the insulation with little visible evidence. Look for swollen and/or brittle sections of wire in the suspect circuits.
     
    Inspect for wires that are broken inside the insulation by gently pulling on suspect sections of wiring.
     

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Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001



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Fig. Related Diagnostic Trouble Codes

TFT Circuit Testing

Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001

Use a suitable scan tool, a Graphing Multi-Meter (GMM), or a Digital Volt-Ohm Meter (DVOM) in order to view the TFT data.

TFT Sensor logic is relative to the scale of resistance: when the ATF temperature is low, the voltage is increased. When the ATF temperature is high, the voltage is decreased (See Figure 1).

Inspect the vehicle for ATF leaks, check the fluid level and condition, and verify that the transmission/transaxle assembly does not display signs of physical damage. If there are significant ATF leaks, if the fluid level is low or is contaminated, or if transmission/transaxle case damage is evident, note your findings and evaluate if service-related and/or mechanical repairs are in order before continuing.

If a DVOM is being used, additional information may be acquired by taking measurements at the sensor connector as well as the ECM connector. If a significant voltage drop is measured (greater than 0.5 volts DC), check the wiring harness and connections for corrosion, poor pin connections, or damaged wires.

If all engine wiring and pin connections are confirmed, disconnect the TFT Sensor to verify the signal with a DVOM, and verify ECM communication before replacing the TFT Sensor.

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Fig. Figure 1: TFT Range Chart

TFT Sensor Strategy

Specific to:

Infiniti G20 1996, 1999-2002

Infiniti G35 2003-2005

Infiniti I30 1996-2001

Infiniti I35 2002-2004

Infiniti M45 2003-2004

Infiniti Q45 1996-2001

The TFT Sensor provides a linear input signal (See Figure 1) to the Electronic Control Module (ECM), which is used to monitor the ATF temperature. If the TFT reference value is less than 0.2 volts DC (302° F) or greater than 5.0 volts DC (-40° F), the ECM interprets this as an abnormal ATF temperature condition, or a fault in the TFT circuit. Under these conditions, the engine Malfunction Indicator Lamp (MIL) will illuminate and a DTC will be stored. Some systems utilize a separate MIL, which is specifically dedicated to automatic transmission/transaxle temperature.

 
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