2007 Chevrolet Impala 1LT
3.5L Flex Fuel Engine
Auto Transmission with shift lever on the steering column
Bought new Nov 2006 so is now four and a half years old
The drive train is still under warranty (6 years or 60,000 miles).
All recommended service per the manufacturers manual has been done. Book calls for first transmission service at 50,000 miles
NOTE: Previously at 19,600 miles the transmission cooler line fittings were replaced due to a small leak. Currently no evidence of a leak; no fluid on garage floor and the transmission fluid level on the stick shows right on the mark. Fluid still clean pale red and has no odor.
Majority of my driving is short hops with multiple stops, so the car gets heavy use shifted into and out of park gear. I do use the “parking brake” applying it after shifted into park and released before shifting out of park. I always have my foot on the brake pedal when shifting out of park.
PROBLEM: Having trouble shifting out of park on a cold engine or if the car has been sitting for an hour or more since turned off and put into park gear. Oddly enough, if I’m running a series of errands where the car has been in park for only 5 to 30 minutes, there is no problem shifting out of park gear. But if the car sits long enough for the engine to cool then it becomes hard to shift. The longer the time it sits in park the harder it is to shift out of park when the car is started.
In retrospect, I began having slight difficulty a couple of weeks ago but the problem has become truly noticeable the past two days.
Anything in particular more I need to think of to tell the shop when I take the car in?
Per OK4450’s past suggestion, I’ll have this info printed out to give a copy to the service manager and a copy left on the seat for the mechanic to see.
Any help is appreciated! Thank you.
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