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Old 12-19-2005
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Tranny Hesitation....

This mornining I got up to take the rug-rat to daycare and it was snowing. Well we get in the truck and I put it in reverse and nothing let off the brake and still nothing then all of a sudden it just catches and starts backing up like normal. Get out of the driveway, put it in drive and same thing happens. Hesitation for about 1-2 seconds then it catches and don't have anymore problems that "driving session". What the heck could it be? Just cold?
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Old 12-19-2005
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Delayed reverse is a VERY common problem in these trannies, especially when cold. It was so bad in older models it was a TSB -- even some 2001's.

Sometimes in forward too, but that's not so common, Cooper. I'd keep an eye on it. How many miles and have you changed the tranny fluid? Sometimes that helps also.
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did you let the truck warm up before you put it in gear or just start it and go
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2 minute warm upo is recommended by the manual, however, 2 minutes isnt a very long time to warm up.
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When it starts up the rpm go to like 1500 or so for maybe a minute, after that is when I put it in gear and go. I have about 64,000 miles. I know the tranny fluid was changed but I can't remember how long ago probably about a year and a half ago.
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When you put my truck in Drive, or Reverse, is hesitates for a second, and then kicks in. It kicks in smoothly, no jerks or anything.

The only time it dosent hesitate, is when you put it directly in 2nd gear, or down to 1st. And my trans had the maitnence done last year (8,000 miles ago).

Its alaways done this, and i have just accepted it as something that all auto rangers do?
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my 91 did that when the fluid got low. Once it wouldn't go in reverse from a parking lot so I had to get out and push it backwards.. lol f'n trannies. Actually I shouldn't say that since it worked fine when I refilled it.. The only tranny issue on my 01 is that it really likes to stay in 1st gear on cold days, it wont shift till nearly 3k rpms.
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mine does that everyonce and a while if i exelerate slowly it will jerk into 2nd....
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yea, the conditions were the same this morning (snowy, cold) and everything was working as advertised. it alsolikes to hang onto first gear sometimes as well, nothing drastic though.
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Sounds like to me you need to buy one of my valve bodies....
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thread title makes me giggle, I need a hobby.
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Mine did the same thing, until I got a new valve body.
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What is this valve body you speak of?
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i think it is what keeps your line pressure up in the tranny. but idk for sure. i do know i will be a getting a valve body and a shift kit from nick in march tho.
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My tranny does this every morning in the cold.
Once it warms up its fine.
I sometimes have ice build up and freeze the drive shaft in place so i have to touch the gas for it to brake off.
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Your driveshaft isn't freezing up. Its your drum brakes that have condesation/water on them that froze, bonding your shoes to your drum.

I also have and continue to experience this problem, I think its a compounding of the cold and me having just changed my fluid. I believe it is still a little low so that is what causes some of my "delays" Its so damn cold I haven't added any in like 2 weeks...
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