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Won't go into gear until it warms up a little

1994 Pontiac Grand Prix with a 3.1, The transmission doesn't go into any gear untill it is warmed up a little bit, it doesn't need to be at normal running temperature or anything. You can kinda feel it go into gear but it doesn't, then you can feel the real engage after it gets warm? Know anything about it, easy fix or spendy?

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Is could be possilbe gearbox oil low level or needed new clutch :O

Posted on May 18, 2009

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