Transmission and the Cold

dodge
grandcaravan

#1

I have a 2005 Grand Caravan and as everyone knows, this winter has been a cold one. The GC has always started without problem but after I back out of my parking spot, it sits outside, I put it into Drive and it will not move and after I give it a little gas it would still not move. None of the gears seem to work, but if I wait a little bit and the Van warms a little more it will go into gear and all is good. This does not happen all the time and when it does go into gear and I drive I do not have anymore problems until the next time it will “act up” on me again. Is this a problem or is it a cold problem and not a transmission problem?


#2

Have you checked the transmission fluid?

How many miles are on it? What is the maintenance history of the transmission (fluid/filter changes)? Are there any warning lights on the dash?


#3

cigroller is right. if your transmission has not been serviced within the time frames required, I would get it done soon!


#4

It would also be good to know where you lived and what you considered cold. If you live where 30 degrees F or higher is the normal low, it makes the issues more severe then if you live where waking up to 30 degrees below F is the norm. Either way, topping fluids off and warming an auto are a temporary solution. Getting it serviced and evaluated are the long term fix.


#5

Changing the trans fluid and filter should be the first step, regardless.


#6

You might consider backing into your drive until warmer weather or you solve the problem that way you will not set in the road waiting for the vehicle to move.


#7

You might consider backing into your drive until the weather warms up or you find a solution to your problem.


#8

You might consider backing into your drive until the weather warms up or you find a solution to your problem.