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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-02-2013, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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Hard to Shift when Cold

The past couple days its been really cold. With this my SS is hard to shift driving for the first 20 min of my drive to work. Is this normal because of the weather. This is my first winter having this car. During winter should I be using a different kind of tranny fluid?
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All I can say is that when it's this cold, my AT takes a little more muscle to move the shifter.

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Re: Hard to Shift when Cold

If your talking about the AT shifter mine dose the same thing I think the cable freezes to the liner until it heats up

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I've learned to live with all of the goofy things that subzero temperatures do to my car... and my body lol.

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Oil in a manual transmission at -40C or F is probably like molasses with the only thing to heat it up is friction. So I imagine it takes a while to warm up.

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You should never start up a car in the freezing cold and just take off. Let it run a minute so oil circulates. Or 10 or 15 to warm the car to operating temp so its warm for you too


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Re: Hard to Shift when Cold

Mine warms up on cold days for 15 mins - 30 mins;)

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tranny's do not tend to warm up while the motor does... or I should say, they do not warm up like the motor does by just sitting. I've learned to let things circulate motor-wise for a couple mins or no more then 5 mins and just drive easy. I used to be one to let the car sit for a good bit but realized its not going to do anymore damage as long as you are not romping on it from the start.

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tranny's do not tend to warm up while the motor does... or I should say, they do not warm up like the motor does by just sitting. I've learned to let things circulate motor-wise for a couple mins or no more then 5 mins and just drive easy. I used to be one to let the car sit for a good bit but realized its not going to do anymore damage as long as you are not romping on it from the start.

Not to mention the gas, I started mine and just taking the time to scrap off the ice and let it get to operating temp was a good chunk of my gas tank
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Not to mention the gas, I started mine and just taking the time to scrap off the ice and let it get to operating temp was a good chunk of my gas tank
You get worse mileage if its the engine is cold and you're driving though. Let it warm up a few minutes and it helps basically everything


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---------- Post added at 10:33 PM ---------- Previous post was at 10:32 PM ----------

I also did notice the tranny doesn't really heat up just idling like Beamer said as well


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