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Automatic transmission frozen

I've had a 2002 Mitsubishi Galant for 3.5 years. This season when it turned cold, the battery was having a little trouble turning over, but would start. I didn't have time to deal with it as I was leaving on vacation. After returning from vacation 12 days later (and the car sitting in below freezing weather while I was gone), the battery will now not turn over at all. I'm assuming I need a new one which is no problem, but in addition I am no longer able to shift the car out of park. Can the transmission freeze in cold weather? Does this cause additional problems? Is there a way to thaw it? Will getting a new battery and letting it run also fix the transmission problem? Thank you for any insight.

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  • teresa_reid Dec 09, 2008

    I can't tell you how relieved I am to hear this. Thank you so much for sharing your knowledge and writing so quickly. I'm on my way to get a new battery now! :-)

  • suzisaintp Dec 23, 2008

    my honda accord got left over night in below freezing weather and now won't shift. Is the transmission gone?



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U can't shift it out of park because the battery is dead, park is locked until the brak lights are activated (no power no lights), this 12 volt brak light signal un-locks the park solenoid.

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