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Old 02-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #1
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Cold start hard to put in the gear in manual

Hi guys,

I have a BMW 323ci been rolling for about 205000km. I live in Sweden and the temperature here is around -10degrees Celsius at the moment.

My problem is that recently when it was freezingly cold, one day when I started my car and tried to put in reverse it was almost impossible to put it in. It was not going into the gear position. And once I got it in by force! I shifted gear to first gear and it too was hard to shift into. When the car started rolling and engine is warm it was no problem to put in any gear.

Any ideas what it could be?

Thanks,
Joe
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Old 02-07-2013, 03:32 PM   #2
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I would try changing tranny fluid with Redline D4 ATF.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:09 PM   #3
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@white46 do you mean you think it might help to change the transmission oil? I am not sure if my car uses transmission oil separately from engine oil or is it the same?
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:15 PM   #4
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@white46 do you mean you think it might help to change the transmission oil? I am not sure if my car uses transmission oil separately from engine oil or is it the same?
Transmission and the engine do not share the same oil. They are 2 different objects. They are only connected by a shaft.
You have engine oil in you engine and you have transmission oil in your transmission.
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Old 02-07-2013, 04:21 PM   #5
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Transmission and the engine do not share the same oil. They are 2 different objects. They are only connected by a shaft.
You have engine oil in you engine and you have transmission oil in your transmission.
Ok thanks, in the manual it says transmission oil is life time:
"Manual transmission, automatic transmission and differential

Lifetime fluid, no fluid change required"

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I would try changing tranny fluid with Redline D4 ATF.
You think that I need to change the engine oil? The display in the car actually says it's about 14000km until next oil service due.
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Ok thanks, in the manual it says transmission oil is life time:
"Manual transmission, automatic transmission and differential

Lifetime fluid, no fluid change required"



You think that I need to change the engine oil? The display in the car actually says it's about 14000km until next oil service due.

Your engine oil and transmission oil have nothing to do with each other. BMW says that the manual transmission fluid is lifetime however people recommend to change it. Do some research on this forum. This topic about changing the trans fluid has been covered many times.
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