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Old 03-24-2006, 10:38 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Cold Shifting Problem

I noticed that when it's cold, my shifter gets stuck over to the right where 5th gear when it's in nuetral. It's not stuck to where I can't goto 1st or anything it just like it's centering over there instead of the actual center. I can pull it over to the middle or first and let go and it snaps back over to the right. It only happen when the car is cold but goes back to normal after about 5 mins of driving. It's not a big deal but it irritates me having to make sure I have the shifter in the middle before going to 3rd or I end up going into 5th instead. Anyone else have this problem or know what can be causing it?? used:
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Old 03-28-2006, 07:39 PM   #2 (permalink)
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the only thing i can think of is if you (or previous owner) had the transmission service or removed. removing the shifter linkage, the person could have put the shifter link on the wrong way. other than that, im stumped, i would have to play with the car
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Old 03-28-2006, 08:01 PM   #3 (permalink)
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It only happens when it is cold out side and the car hasn't warmed up. In the summer or once the car is warmed up, it's fine. It's like what ever centers the stick gets hung up or something on the right side.
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Old 03-28-2006, 11:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nevermind guys I found an answer to this problem on another board. It's faulty springs in the transmission that are sticking when it's cold. It's no big deal, it goes away after it heats up. I guess it a lot of the older M3's were having this problem. Some people said changing the transmission fluid with Redline helped out a lot. The springs and seals are like $65 and then the cost of labor to install them. I read that they can be changed without removing the transmission with the correct tool. Hope this helps someone else out in the future...
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Good to know. I've heard good things about Redline. Anyone know where the best place to purchase said fluid is? How much to purchase, etc?

Here's a link to change your trans fluid, if you're interested:
http://m3.madrussian.net/diy_rp_tranny_fluid.shtml
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:41 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Tuner Motorsport has it but they charge an arm and a leg to ship it. I found the best place so far is 247-Parts. They are a couple dollars more a bottle on the stuff but they have free shipping and only charge like 7 or 8 dollars for a handling fee. I was going to order just 2 bottles of D4 ATF for my tranny and 1 bottle of 75/90 gear oil from Turner Motorsport and they wanted $25 for shipping.
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Wow. Thanks, I'll check out 247. Got their web link?
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Just click on the link in the previous post. It's https:// www.247-parts.com just incase it's not working in the previous post.
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