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Manual transmission freeze-up 1993 mazda mx-5

When cold starting the car,in winter temps,my manual shifter will not slip into any gear with the clutch engaged until the engine has run for about 5-10 minutes. as soon as the engine warms up,there is no problem. should i be considering a synthetic manual tran fluid? also i have needed to add a quart of oil in between my 3000 mile oil changes,using hi-mileage oil (20W-50) recommended by jiffy lube. should i go with synthetic? my 93 miata has 100,000 miles on it.

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  • Scott May 11, 2010

    First of all never trust anything 'JIFFY LUBE' tells you, there may be a few pros working for them but any kid off the street can come work for them and mess with your car- so stop that, go to a professional...the engine oil they recommended is not right for winter temps unless you live in Florida, S Texas or S. Cal, use the recommended oil as perscribed by you maza manifacturer with will be 5w30 or 10w30 i would bet. Synthetic oils and lubes do help.

    Now to you main problem...Im not a mazda expert, but what i want you to try is to put the transmission into first gear before starting the should leave the trans in 1st gear when parked anyway. Update your help request after trying that you pls.


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