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What cases the transmission to stay in one gear when it is cold

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Possibly partially clogged transmission filter. This vehicle is 13 years old. Have the transmission fluid and the filter changed. If that does not solve this issue then seek out a professional transmission specialist.

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2 things. low fluid level and sometimes factory programming.
fluid expands as it heats raising the level and increasing line pressure.
sometimes factory program things like overdrive lockout until trans temp reaches a certain level. defin check your fluid level though that should be done once a month at least

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