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Old 12-04-2010, 06:21 PM
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Just curious, does anybody put their transmission in neutral in cold weather for their first start of the day? I had an equinox prior to my truck and I asked one day at the service counter if it was necessary to put it in neutral to help warm it up and I was told it was unnecessary since it was supposed to have a bypass system. Anyway, I put my truck in neutral for the first start of the day when it's cold.
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I think the only reason for Neutral in an automatic transmission is to have something in between Reverse & Drive, so that you can't just go directly from Forward to Reverse

Park is just Neutral with a parking pawl that keeps the transmission free wheeling
The parking pawl locks the transmission's output shaft to the transmission casing by engaging a pawl (a pin) that engages in a notched wheel on the shaft, stopping it (and thus the driven wheels) from rotating.
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Neutral in cold weather is a bad idea. Doing so requires you to set the parking brake. Those have a bad habit of freezing in place due to residual moisture between the pads and disk or if you have shoe types, moisture between the shoe and drum. Plus it puts stress on the PB cable.
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Neutral in cold weather is a bad idea. Doing so requires you to set the parking brake. Those have a bad habit of freezing in place due to residual moisture between the pads and disk or if you have shoe types, moisture between the shoe and drum. Plus it puts stress on the PB cable.
Leave it in park.. As far as using the parking brake, go for it! I use mine 4-5 times a day, keeps it free and if you had a manual would have to use it!
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I've seen plenty of fwd cars trying to drive off the mtn after a day of skiing and their back wheels are skidding b/c they set the parking brake while they where skiing.
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What is a parking brake??
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What is a parking brake??
aka emergency brake
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would be a good idea a few years ago when transmissions didnt oil in park......545RFE pump runs in park and nuetral so no oiling issues hot or cold.....a good idea is to always allow some idle time before taking off......
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would be a good idea a few years ago when transmissions didnt oil in park......545RFE pump runs in park and nuetral so no oiling issues hot or cold.....a good idea is to always allow some idle time before taking off......
That's the response I was sorta looking for, good to know, thanks for that sprintertech.
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