Shifting gears


#1

I am a women,79 years old with a 95 Chevy Lumna: 4 door 8 cyl. with 78810.4 miles. Very little driving-church, shopping.

My problem,

I have difficulty shifting gears in cold weather.(No trouble during the summer)

I have the oil changed every 4 months.

I have spoken with mechanic’s about this. I asked if I needed the gear shift oil changed, transmission changed or more fluid. The claimed “No”.

Please help!!

Mary Cain

Cleveland, Ohio


#2

Presumably you have told the mechanics of the problem. What have they said in response, and what have they done - if anything - to try to fix it? (And they are right in that this doesn’t suggest a need to change or add fluid, and especially not to change the transmission).


#3

Possibily shift linkage needs to be lubricated, you don’t mean you have trouble getting it out of “PARK” do you.

Never saw a Lumina (sedan or APV) with a V-8


#4

You did not say, but I will assume it is a manual shift car.

If so there are two suggestions I would make. The linkage could need adjustment and/or lube. I also could benefit by a change of transmission fluid going to a wider rage synthetic lube. You may have say 90 weight in there now and replacing it with 80W90 will make cold weather shifting easier.

If it is automatic, I would suggest linkage adjustment/lube.

The very little driving, would tend to suggest the linkage adjustment and lube.

You might want to try a different mechanic.


#5

Your mechanic is full of it. This gear lube is 13 years old!! Change it. It will make a world of difference. Also, like Joseph mentioned, try a synthetic. It will hold up longer, especially since this car sits a lot. I think thios car should be spec’ed for 75W90. Double check in the owner’s manual. I tried a thicker oil before, and winter shifting was horrible.


#6

While I agree that getting the tranny fluid changed may help, I have to ask you where you live. When I lived in North Dakota and the weather got cold manual tranny fluid would get so thick I couldn’t even feel the gates. Moving the shifter was like dragging a stick through concrete mix. In extreme cold even a brand new manual tranny will get this way.


#7

All Luminas (sedans 2dr or 4dr) are automatics FWD. No V-8’s