Disconnecting the battery = firmer shifts?
The transmission in our 99 SE has been very spongy at best - especially between first and second. The rest of the shifts have been OK, but first to second is getting quite sloppy. As the transmission gets hotter, it gets worse. Saturday night we drove 115 miles to the casino. About 5 miles from the casino we stopped at a couple stop lights, upon acceleration there was quite a lag to go into second gear. The way home was the same way.
So...yesterday I had to disconnect the battery to change my passenger side headlight assembly. I hoped in the car today to go to work and it seemed to be shifting great! Granted it was 40 this morning (vs. 50 Saturday evening). Could disconnecting the battery for an hour really have helped the shifting?
For what it'* worth, the car will roll 167,000 on the way home today. No check engine light, either.