I have a 2004 Chevy Equinox AWD When the car is cold, the transmission hits first gear with a bit of a thud when downshifting as I approach a stop.


Asked by Dec 17, 2015 at 02:32 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 2004 Chevy Equinox AWD.  When the car is cold, the transmission
hits first gear with a bit of a thud when downshifting as I approach a stop.  It
goes away as the car warms, and a warm vehicle won't do it.  Any idea
what this might be?  I'm curious if it's a familiar problem, or a small thing
that should be fixed to avoid costly future repairs.  I don't notice any
slipping, or at least minimal slipping, and other shifts feel fine.  122K miles
on this car, trans fluid changed 2K miles ago with no effect.  Thanks!

2 Answers


It definitely is linked with engine temperature. It doesn't go away all at once as car warms but instead gets lighter and then is unnoticiable. It shifts into 1st gear around 20-25mph as I am slowing to a stop.


No promises but try adding some Lucas Transmission Fix worked great for me when I had a similar problem. Do not over fill remove some transmission fluid if necessary.

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