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Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

This is an 06 model with 35,000 miles. What can i do?

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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

Switch to synthetic fluid? It's probably time for a change anyway.

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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

You could try changing fluids but I don't think it will help that much. All manual transmissions will be somewhat stiff and hard to shift in the cold weather. My advice would be to just get used to it, let the car warm up a bit longer, and run through the gears a few times before actually starting off.
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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

im planning to switch my tranny fluid and clutch fluid to royal purple or redline

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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

It's normal, especially now that temperatures have dropped. For example, I left my car outside for a few days and had to move it in 25 degree weather. It was like shifting through syrup until it warmed up.

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25 degree weather... haha you guys are all noobs!

Its been -10 for 3 days now when the sun is out
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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

[quote author=aps11090 link=topic=98897.msg1966784#msg1966784 date=1199460224]
25 degree weather... haha you guys are all noobs!

Its been -10 for 3 days now when the sun is out
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Vermont's a little farther north than Pennslyvania, so of course it's going to be colder up there.

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lol I know
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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

[quote author=Fiji Mazda3 link=topic=98897.msg1966792#msg1966792 date=1199460395]
[quote author=aps11090 link=topic=98897.msg1966784#msg1966784 date=1199460224]
25 degree weather... haha you guys are all noobs!

Its been -10 for 3 days now when the sun is out
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Vermont's a little farther north than Pennslyvania, so of course it's going to be colder up there.
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it's been 40 degrees here every morn the past 3 days... the gearbox is slightly sticky until warm/// consider yourself lucky that you don't drive older cars ... get used to it... amsoil syn oil will help slightly
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Re: Manual transmission hard to shift in cold weather

for really cold climates your best bet would be a 50/50 mix of Redline MT-90 and Redline MTL. This gives you a slightly thinner weight around 75w-85 or so. There are some people on bobistheoilguy forums that run this in their MS3 and say it is awesome. Or if you want you can also run straight MT-90 which is 75w-90 which is what the specs call for for our cars. I am running straight MT-90 in mine and it shifts much better in the cold than the stock fluid ever did but if you are in a really cold climate you might want to do the 50/50 mix as the thinner the fluid the better the synchros work especially in the cold.

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