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Old 02-23-2011
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Hard Shifting in the Cold

I have a 2008 with 16.5k miles that seems unusually difficult to shift into 2nd when it is cold. This is an issue at temperatures under freezing and is more pronounced at even colder temperatures. At temperatures around 0deg F it is virtually impossible to go from 1st to 2nd. The only way is to really horse-it-in-there and so I will skip to 3rd instead. I've tried double clutching but that doesn't seem to help, but since I haven't had the pleasure of ever driving an unsynchronized vehicle, I might not be double clutching 100% effectively. Once the truck has been driven for a few miles and warmed up this is no longer a problem.

What might be causing this? Since this is a "new" truck, I don't want to be doing any damage.

-Ben
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Why even double clutch to begin with, your not driving a semi ? With only 16K miles on it, hard pressed to say it is wear, unless there is little to no fluid.
If global warming continues, you may want to try a different type of oil to aid in shifting, you may be destroying your transmission with this pressured shifting. That little miles I would think it should shift like nothing. good luck !
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I have a 2008 with 16.5k miles that seems unusually difficult to shift into 2nd when it is cold. This is an issue at temperatures under freezing and is more pronounced at even colder temperatures. At temperatures around 0deg F it is virtually impossible to go from 1st to 2nd. The only way is to really horse-it-in-there and so I will skip to 3rd instead. I've tried double clutching but that doesn't seem to help, but since I haven't had the pleasure of ever driving an unsynchronized vehicle, I might not be double clutching 100% effectively. Once the truck has been driven for a few miles and warmed up this is no longer a problem.

What might be causing this? Since this is a "new" truck, I don't want to be doing any damage.

-Ben
Have transmission drained and refilled with synthetic lube.
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