2004 Malibu. wont go into final gear when cold. once tranny warms up seems to work better. what may be the problem?


Asked by Mar 19, 2015 at 08:14 AM about the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu Base

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

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There isn't any significant issue here. Although it may seem odd, most transmissions are configured to stay in lower gears while the engine is cold. Staying in lower gears allows for high revolutions in the engine, which in turn will heat it up. The only thing you may consider changing is the fluid in your transmission.

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