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Old 11 Dec 2009, 05:47 pm
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Hi Guys,

We are having a pretty good artic blast here in Northern IL with temps hitting the -4 to +17 degree range. Yesterday evening temp was around +2 degrees and I had to run out for a few things at the store.

Anyway, I put my PT in reverse went to back out and the transmission did not engage instantly. I was about 3-5 seconds before it would move.

I backed out into the street, put it in drive, same thing! Would not engage/go for a few seconds.
I then pulled back up the drive, let her warm up about 15 minutes at idle and tried again.

This time it was perfect ! Back to normal !
I ran my errands and it worked just fine, not a single glitch.

Question, do you think this is just an oddity due to the sudden blast of cold after a week of mild wet conditions?
Or is this something else telling me in advance get ready?

Its been a long time since I had the fluid filter replaced, may its time again?

Thanks,
Sara
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Old 11 Dec 2009, 05:56 pm
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Default Re: Cold Weather Transmission Issue

With those kinds of temperatures, my bet would be the cold weather affecting your trans shifting especially since after warming up it started to shift properly.
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Old 11 Dec 2009, 07:01 pm
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Happens to mine, too, in the low teens and below. Take it easy until it warms up a bit.
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 02:01 pm
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Make sure the fluid level is correct...it will contract slightly when cold so if it is low the cold will make it worse. Other than that, it is normal for the trans to be sluggish in extreme cold...drove mine about 3 miles a couple of mornings ago (12F) before it would shift into OD.
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 08:40 pm
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Well, I guess I just panic a bit, after the warm up its fine. I did check the levels, and it was at just above the minimum warm, so possibly the cold fluid was the reason.

It has not acted up since.

Think I'll get a fluid change soon just to be safe, its been 50,000 since the last one.

Thanks Guys!!

Sara
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 10:24 pm
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good idea on the fluid change - just be certain they use ATF + 4 ONLY.
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Old 12 Dec 2009, 11:10 pm
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It's hovering around -25F up here and I can tell you my transmission is a little hesitant to do anything also. And its not just the tranny, there are a lot more creaks and groans coming from various car parts (and my body parts)

Like others say, just take it easy until everything warms up.
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Old 13 Dec 2009, 11:25 am
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So far so good,

It really had me worried because we have been at 15-20 below before and I never experienced this engage thing before.
I'll get the fluid change this coming week. Our local mechanic has a really nice brand new purge/flush machine.

Sara
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