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The car wont go into gear until its warmed up

My car wont go into gear until the car has warmed up, then it is just fine. this is an automatic transmission.

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It will not move because it is low on transmission fluid, warming the car casues the fluid to expand therefore making movement possible. also fluid looses viscosity when heated so you may want to look a full fransmission fluid and filter change. But still, get your car warm and check the transmission fluid, i bet its low. Dont forget to rate.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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    smeans3056 Feb 18, 2014

    transmission is full new filter and have warmed up when i switch from park it makes no noise like should example the sound a vehicle makes taking out of park and into any gear it is silent im wondering if when the cat was cut off if they didnt possibly cause it because located right under and there are a few wires that are cut but only one end of the wires , i didnt see where the wires would connect back up to.

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    smeans3056 Feb 18, 2014

    all was fine until exhaust or the cat was stolen

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Warming up of the car has nothing to do with the gear mechanism.

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if this is an automatic they are known for having many issues. It will require an inspection to diagnose the cause. If its a manual you probably need to change the fluid either way an inspection by a transmission shop should be done

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