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Old 01-10-2015, 10:31 AM   #1
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Very Easy Shifting in the Cold

Brutal cold temps last week and I found the manual shift on my 03 ZX3 to seem to me to be easier. The stick moves gear to gear with hardly any resistance, which seems unusual to me.

Is there a reason the cold weather would cause this? Or could something be wearing out?

The clutch seems to engage fine and there are no problems driving, but this change in the feel of the stick has me curious.

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Mine is exactly the opposite.
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Old 01-10-2015, 11:11 AM   #3
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Mine too. Do you know what gear oil is in your trans?
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Actually, I do know the gear oil, it is the expensive Motorcraft stuff for MTX. I replaced it myself 8-9 months ago and it has been fine ever since.

I'm wondering, maybe all bundled up with winter clothes and driving on snow and ice if it might just give the impression that it is looser. But, I wanted to check if anyone knew of a problem of which this could be an early symptom.

I did do a search and saw where some people complained of the opposite, that is stiffness in cold weather. So, I find it a little puzzling. Maybe it is my senses that are dulled by the cold.
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Blame it on bundled up, it'll be the same as Summer once it warms up - and if you still had gloves on it'd feel like a toy gearshift.
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Blame it on bundled up, it'll be the same as Summer once it warms up - and if you still had gloves on it'd feel like a toy gearshift.


This. Just like when you put your boots on and the clutch feels lighter.
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Old 01-11-2015, 07:38 PM   #7
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The skin's mechanoreceptors are most likely responsible for this. Gloves cushion the external pressure exerted on the skin and reduce the stimuli in the mechanoreceptors that gives us a sense of pressure. Hence why many people find it hard to even use a pen wearing winter gloves.
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The skin's mechanoreceptors are most likely responsible for this. Gloves cushion the external pressure exerted on the skin and reduce the stimuli in the mechanoreceptors that gives us a sense of pressure. Hence why many people find it hard to even use a pen wearing winter gloves.





Nice try.





Here is the correct answer.
Where do you have you're heater directed to?
The floor?

With the added heat down low in the car and the cables being very near, the grease inside the cables can soften and the cable can move easier.

I would imagine that first start the cables are still a bit stiff but that once the car/cabin warms the shifter feels nice and loose. That is how it works in my car atleast.
But with my car I have removed the ducting for the rear heat and have not blocked the hole in the heater box fully. So that heat is directed at my shifter/cables. So my car having issues I kind of understand a bit more than most might.
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Nice try.
Not sure why you're so quick to dismiss his explanation because it actually does make perfect sense.
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Not sure why you're so quick to dismiss his explanation because it actually does make perfect sense.

Put on a glove and go lift an ice cream pail.
Take the glove off and repeat.

Does it feel any lighter?

Nope.

Grasping something and pushing/pulling aren't the same thing and involve different muscle interactions.
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