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Old 11-12-2007, 10:07 AM   #1
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Default Car won't shift into drive...

Hi Folks,

I have a 2001 SL2 (automatic) and have been having an issue with putting the car in to drive...
When I put the car into drive, it doesn't seem to shift into gear until the car warms up. I'll back out of my driveway into a busy street, shift to drive and not go anywhere. I'll let it sit for a couple of minutes, then eventually I'll get going.
Just seems to get stuck.

Is this due to the cold weather? How can this be fixed?

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:11 AM   #2
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How does it go into reverse? Are there any trouble codes?

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:56 AM   #3
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Default Re: Car won't shift into drive...

We'll sometimes it will go into reverse no problem, but when I shift it to drive, it won't go anywhere. I will sometime switch back to reverse when I'm stuck with no luck either. It's been very random.

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Old 11-12-2007, 11:26 AM   #4
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How frequently have you changed the fluid and filter?

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Old 11-12-2007, 11:29 AM   #5
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Default Re: Car won't shift into drive...

I believe the transmission fluid has always just been topped up, but never flushed and replaced. The filter, I'm not sure. Probably never.

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Old 11-12-2007, 11:36 AM   #6
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An automatic transmission is a hydraulically actuated device. No hydraulic pressure it won't operate. Proper fluid levels and pressures are necessary for operation.

Changing the transmission fluid is just as easy as the oil in your engine, change it and put a new filter on... For preventative maintenance I change my automatic fluid yearly despite the number of miles I drive.

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Old 11-12-2007, 11:39 AM   #7
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Don't flush it. Drain and replace it (and the filter) NOW. And do it at LEAST every 30,000 miles, as your owner's manual states.

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Thanks guys. Will do.

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