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Old 08-01-2005, 06:25 PM   #1
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Default Anyone Leg Cranky when Cold?

My '04 L w/ the auto (non GT) is sometimes very cranky when cold. Usually it'll stumble a bit through the 1st to 2nd shift (goes into 2nd, no power for a second) and then it's fine. But on even rarer occasions when trying to start and then come out of a parking space on a hill, or backing out of a space facing downhill, I'll hit the gas, and there's nothing. Car won't budge.

Anyone else?
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:29 PM   #2
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Sounds familiar I've learned to live/be less rushed.

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Old 08-01-2005, 06:32 PM   #3
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If anything my car preforms better with the cold weather.....
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Old 08-01-2005, 06:35 PM   #4
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If anything my car preforms better with the cold weather.....
I'm thinking cold engine, not cold weather. Cold weather is the bomb-diggity

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Old 08-01-2005, 06:47 PM   #5
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I'm thinking cold engine, not cold weather. Cold weather is the bomb-diggity

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Says the man from Arizona...

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Old 08-01-2005, 06:59 PM   #6
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Says the man from Arizona...

hey now! it gets down in the 30's in the winter(all 2 weeks of it)!

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Old 08-01-2005, 08:45 PM   #7
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That happens all the time. Step on the gas and while the engine revs up toward 3000RPM nothing happens, then it finally kicks in and goes. Even worse when I have 3 people in the car especially at one particular intersection where I live.

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hey now! it gets down in the 30's in the winter(all 2 weeks of it)!

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We get 30's in the summer, all 2 weeks of it. 30 C that is.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:51 PM   #8
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did you check to make sure your auto trans fluid is at a proper level? low trans fluid can make it lag and not respond sometimes...
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:55 PM   #9
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I dont care where I am, what im doing, or how much time I have (or dont). When its as cold as it gets up here, I'm willing to let my car sit and idle for a few minutes.
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Old 08-01-2005, 08:58 PM   #10
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We get 30's in the summer, all 2 weeks of it. 30 C that is.
we won't be down to 30C as a high till late october
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Old 08-02-2005, 12:38 AM   #11
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Cold weather, damp weather, hell, now it's even starting to do it in 90 degree weather. My clutch shudder happens almost every other day anymore and it's getting violent. Pretty sure I'm going to be calling on SOA for a new clutch pretty soon.
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:21 AM   #12
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If your auto, don't know.

If manual, check your battery connections.
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Old 08-02-2005, 04:01 AM   #13
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Mine takes a few minutes to warm up in the morning and runs a little slower, also I hear some piston slap. I heard that using a thicker oil in the summer will help reduce the piston slap is that true?
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Old 08-02-2005, 09:00 AM   #14
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Just as Fibuz said; it’s cold engine not cold weather. The ECU runs more conservative “warm-up” parameters until the engine has reached optimal temperature, 140F – 60C IIRC. In this “warm-up” state, timing is pulled, fuel is added, and RPM’s are increased at idle. Similarly, with the 4EAT a fluid warm-up cycle is also involved. The transmission will not shift into 4th gear until the transmission fluid reaches optimal operating temperature.

The simple solution here is to let your car warm-up briefly before driving it….
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Old 08-02-2005, 03:19 PM   #15
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I'd been thinking for a while about posting on this cold engine reluctance to actually have power. For me, the engine idles fine, responds to the throttle just fine, but letting out the clutch it will damn near stall. And this with the engine revved to 2K+. It's caused me to overreact in anger on my beloved car... Aside from letting it idle for 2+ minutes if the temp outside is <55, any ideas? The car didn't used to do this, but I really have no idea what even to look at. Once warm, it's golden.

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Old 08-03-2005, 01:10 AM   #16
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I Can't Site Anything As Far As Thread Or Site But I Vaguely Remember Reading Somewhere That It Wasn't Good To Warm Your Car For More Than 2 Minutes Anyway. I'm Not Sure How True That Rings Or What Kind Of Backgroud The Person Who Said It Had But They Did Sound Like They Knew What They Were Talking About


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Old 08-03-2005, 10:42 PM   #17
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I have a 97 legacy and i think its just the engine size. The 2.2 gets the job done, but not in the most timely manner. Cold weather does tend to hinder the performance, but after it gets its act together everything works out.
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Old 08-03-2005, 11:00 PM   #18
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my car is one angry SOB in the cold. the 1-2 shift is horrid, always kicks, i look like i have never driven a stick... once a day. (i've driven over 60,000mi on manuals) it sucks with the hot girls across the street and all.

one it's warmed up, its great. i'm so lookin forward to running it in 30*f this winter, with my scoop opened that air going into the cylinder will be FRIGID!
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Old 08-04-2005, 03:32 PM   #19
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Just as Fibuz said; it’s cold engine not cold weather. The ECU runs more conservative “warm-up” parameters until the engine has reached optimal temperature, 140F – 60C IIRC. In this “warm-up” state, timing is pulled, fuel is added, and RPM’s are increased at idle. Similarly, with the 4EAT a fluid warm-up cycle is also involved. The transmission will not shift into 4th gear until the transmission fluid reaches optimal operating temperature.

The simple solution here is to let your car warm-up briefly before driving it….
+1

Actually, +10.
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