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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
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Old Fri, Oct-29-2010, 04:08:55 PM   #1
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Default Cold Start Up Tranny Issue

Whats up guys, On cold starts its hard to engage first gear, it doesnt want to engage, and once in second is difficult, but after literally a min or two of driving all the shifts are smmoth1-5, and this happens everyday now, i plan on changing tranny fluid on sat to see if this helps, does anyone know what this could be?
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First off (that doesn't really apply to this thread but moving on...)

It is very difficult to diagnose transmission problems with the exception of a few things. Unfortunately your symptoms does not fall under one of those few things.

Changing your transmission fluid is your best course of action and should be done at a regular interval anyway. Use high quality fluid (do a search there are a ton of threads on this). If it doesn't help then it may be something you just have to live with. It doesn't sound like it is a huge issue at this point anyway. I am really thinking that new fluid will help you though.
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your course of action, if it doesn t work, would constitute a problem. Let us know, but it s not uncommon to find hard to shift trannies when cold..when the fluid warms up, it gets back to normal

my car did that when I had just picked it up and before I changed to Redline D4-ATF from whatever the PO had in there



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I also have this issue sometimes when really cold or really hot out. I do know that using my toe to lift up the clutch pedal slightly and then pressing it again helps. I haven't bothered fixing this yet, but it really only lifts about 5 mm. Try it if your pedal only returns 97% of the way.

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This is normal, you will find that in cold start-up the transmission gear changes are a bit notchy but after driving around for some time once the fluid warms up it is fine.

Take it easy when shifting during the first 10 min's instead of getting frustrated and aggravated at the notchiness.

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If it's difficult to engage, double clutch until the car warms up and it slides in normally.

Also, it often helps to shift from N to 2nd, *then* to 1st. I've gotten in the habit of doing this, as my DD is a WRX (glass transmission) and that's common practice.
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thanks guys for the input, i am picking up rp synchromax today, i will post results
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thanks guys for the input, i am picking up rp synchromax today, i will post results
Good call OP, looks like you did your research
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Ok changed fluid on staurday, and test drove, let everything cycle through, and started the car back up today and car went into gear no fighting with it to go in gear in morning, and warmed up alot quicker than previous, thanx for help guys, lets see if this synchromax is worth it
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