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How to fix a transmission that has to be warm to go into gear.

If you have a vehicle that takes a really long time to shift into gear or has to be really warmed up to shift into gear then you can try this tip to give you a little more use out of the transmission:

Pour a few cap fulls of break fluid into the transmission fill tube and into the tranny. This will swell the seals in the transmission and allow it to shift into gear much quicker. Do not use this if your transmission is working properly. This is a band aid to extend thelife of your tranny before replacement. Do not use too much break fluid as this can cause the seals to burst.

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Why is my gear shift so hard to move??


I believe your clutch is not disengaging fully. When this happens it may be hard to get into first gear but subsequet shifts are easier due to the fact the vehicle is moving. You probably have a hydraulic clutch system which is low on fluid or may have air in the system. Before shifting into first gear or reverse try pumping the clutch pedal 5 or 6 times then shifting, if it goes into gear easier after this then you probably have air in the system, it can be bled similar to bleeding brakes. If this doesnt work you might be low on fluid, or have a bad master or slave cylinder.

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A waste of time flushing the transmission fluid, the fluid lasts for the life of the vehicle and beyond!
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