Why does car have to warm up before going into drive?

Asked by Jan 24, 2015 at 10:52 AM about the 1993 Volvo 960 Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

When car is first started it will go in reverse but not drive. After warming up for about 30 minutes it will go into drive with no problem.

2 Answers

That's not 'normal' and should not happen. I wish I had an answer for you what the problem is but I can say that much with certainty


Cold weather makes oil very thick but as it gets warmer it get thinner (Kind of like vegetable oil... it's thicker when cold but the hotter it gets the more it flows) however a transmission works in all weather so I will look for the easiest thing first. If your car has high mileage perhaps you should have your trans fluid and screen changed ... it should not be expensive and you may get a free transmission inspection

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