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Transmission "sticks" when weather is cold

1996 Chrysler Sebring.....in the cold weather when i put it in reverse or drive the car wont move...if i force it, it jumps but the car barely moves and once it finally gets going it revs high before it shifts....seems not to be so bad once the car warms up or after its been driven for a while.

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  • dolcey_cecil Jan 08, 2009

    thanks for your input.....I may have to try Lucas until Im able to have this replaced.

  • dolcey_cecil Jan 08, 2009

    I will definately get it rebuilt or even have the engine replaced as the car has almost 200, 000 miles on it and it burns some oil as well...but the interior and exterior are in excellent condition and its a convertable. I just really want to try something to get me by until Im ready to go down to one car in the household......so if Lucas might help its worth it to me...now i put that right in where the trans fluid goes...correct?

  • dolcey_cecil Jan 08, 2009

    Sounds easy enough.....

    See...its worth it if it will win the derby!

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Assuming that the fluid is full, The symptoms you have indicate internal pressure loss within the unit. As time goes by, wear on the metal contact areas where seals ride, become worn. The seals themselves become somewhat brittle and especially in cold weather, sealing of fluid pressure becomes less than desired. Each time the transmission "flairs" on shifts some burning takes place on internal friction plates & clutches.Even with a fluid change, this condition cannot be corrected. Unfortunately, the unit must be rebuilt or replaced. In some mild cases an additive such as Lucas transmission sealer/conditioner can be used, but generally this is a "bandaid" not a permanent fix!

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  • Richard Scordino Jan 08, 2009

    I generally do not like recomending products, but out of everything I've used, that's the only one I have seen that does anything at all. Remember though, there is no chemical that will replace worn parts.

  • Richard Scordino Jan 08, 2009

    Yup. Right down the dipstick tube... instructions are right on the bottle. I used it in a fifth ave that was flairing on hi gear shift uphill. It didn't entirely fix the problem but kept it going for over three months. Car had 370k on it and the engine was the only thing left that was in really good shape. Sold it to a guy that ran it in a demolition derby and he won!!! 'Can't get better than that!!

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