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Old 01-28-2010, 01:27 PM   #1
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Default 2003 Bonneville SE, 3.8 NA won't shift into gear until warmed up 5-10 mins

I'm looking at an 03 Bonneville that'* for sale that will not shift into any gear selected (PRNDL) until the car is warmed up for 5-10 mins.

Once the car is warmed up, it shifts and drives perfectly fine - shifts gears fine as well.

Pressure Control Module? Or something inside the transmission? I'm combing through your archives to see what I can find.

thnx fellas, nice site!

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welcome to the site!! that is an odd problem your having? we have a couple resident tranny experts here that will be with you shortly.
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welcome to the site!! that is an odd problem your having? we have a couple resident tranny experts here that will be with you shortly.
Thnx!

I've always wanted a Bonneville for a daily driver, I ultimately want the 3.8 */c but hey, the NA is a bit cheaper at the pump especially for daily stop n go traffic.

I'm mechanically inclined, weekend warrior guy so I turn my own wrenches. This might be a chance for me to get one of these cars for cheaper and fix it.

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Most likely it'* the input clutch piston/seal. These wear commonly on our transmissions. More info can be found at TripleEdgePerformance.com Dave has a lot of helpful, troubleshooting up on the page.
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So it sounds like the tranny got to be dropped, thanks, for the link as the symptom appears to be lsited on that page.

edit: so can this be replaced without taking the trans apart? or will it have to come out and then be cracked open?

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Most likely it'* the input clutch piston/seal. These wear commonly on our transmissions. More info can be found at TripleEdgePerformance.com Dave has a lot of helpful, troubleshooting up on the page.
I agree.
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The input stuff is pretty deep in the trans. It'* gotta come out and basically be rebuilt. You may be able to repair the car cheaper if you check car-part.com for a used trans.
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The input stuff is pretty deep in the trans. It'* gotta come out and basically be rebuilt. You may be able to repair the car cheaper if you check car-part.com for a used trans.
Ouch. Never took a trans apart before and I'm thinking that one is not the kind to start out on. Thanks for your help guys - I really appreciate it.
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