the transmission shifts hard when put into drive or reverse

Asked by Nov 13, 2010 at 09:07 PM about the 1980 Chevrolet Citation

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the transmission will shift hard when first put into reverse or drive,especially when the car is cold after engine warms up the shift into drive or reverse is not near as hard

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FIRST THE DIFFERENCE IN THE HARD SHIFTING IN PART WHEN COLD THE MOTOR IS IDLING FASTER WHEN COLD MAKING THE EFFECT OF ENGAGING FELT MORE SEVERE THAN WHEN THE MOTOR WHEN WARM IS IDLING AT A MUCH LOWER RPM. SECOND IN MY EXPERIENCE WITH A SIMILAR PROBLEM, THE CAUSE WAS THE MOTOR MOUNTS. BROKEN MOTOR MOUNTS CAUSE THE ENGING TO MOVE WHEN THE TRANSMISSION ENGAGES. THIS IS MORE OBVIOUS WHEN FIRST PLACED IN GEAR THEN WHEN MOVING AND NORMAL CHANGING GEARS. SUGGEST CHECKING THE MOTOR MOUNTS FIRST BEFORE DEALING WITH THE TRANSMISSION WHICH MAY NOT HAVE ANY PROBLEM AT ALL. GOD BLESS AND GOOD LUCK, STEPHEN MEREDITH

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