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Old 03-09-2013, 06:59 PM   #1
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Does anyone feels that the shifts are much slower in cold weather.

We had a few warm days here in Ontario, I forgot how quick the shifts are supposed to be. For some reason when its really cold the shifts are really slow and only get quicker after driving for a while. Since my commute is short it was always slow. I wonder if that is caused by the thick cold tranny fluid.
Anyone else notice that?


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Old 03-09-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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you are not alone. I love the car on warm days I feel it has all the power it needs. When it gets negative around here though is another story. Still love the car; my previous camry was different when it was cold out too iirc.
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Old 03-09-2013, 07:21 PM   #3
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Happens all the time in the negative degree weather. Sucks but warms up quickly.
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I think it's the engine being cold. If it's cold, but my engine is warmed up, it's rather quick.
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I drive 100% in Sport Plus mode so I shift manually... Almost all the time when I press the button the car shifts. I've noticed on a few cold nights as well as a few times the car has just sat if I get in and drive off right away it takes about a second more to go from like 1st to 2nd but then on it seems pretty much fine... I wrote it off as probably just the cold and I guess that's what it is.
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Put me in the different till warm club too.I'm anal about keeping the RPM's low until its warmed up fully but mine wants to drag out the shift.(-5c and below)
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I think it's the engine being cold. If it's cold, but my engine is warmed up, it's rather quick.
I dont think its related to the engine temp. Because a lot of times I let the car warm up for a while before driving and the shifts are still slow.

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Old 03-09-2013, 09:27 PM   #8
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I dont think its related to the engine temp. Because a lot of times I let the car warm up for a while before driving and the shift are still slow.
I warm up as well and your right its still slow to shift and then sometime during my foggy coffee gulping AM drive its all good...Don't count on me to solve this lol..
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Happens all the time in the negative degree weather. Sucks but warms up quickly.
i agree. a tad slower in cold weather or when engine/tranny is cold but all back to warm up quick normal in a mile or two..
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I wonder if that is caused by the thick cold tranny fluid.
The DCT (Dual Clutch Transmission) upshifts and downshifts by engaging/disengaging the 2 (dry) clutches.
The actual gear changing is normally done well before the clutches engage/disengage.
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