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Old 02-10-2013, 07:48 PM
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Put pickup in neutral when started in cold weather

I have been told that if u start it in cold weather to set the parking brake and put the transmission in neutral to let the transmission fluid to flow and warm up making it easier on the tranny when u go to move. I was wondering if this is true.
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I suppose there is a set of passages and a particular section of the trans that isn't constantly coated in fluid, but even in park there is fluid flow.

So if only to keep your parking brake working properly, it will work just fine.
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:28 PM
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hold up....so if i leave my parking brake on and let my truck warm up it will warm up the transmission?
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using your parking brake in super cold can be a big m f'er if you dont typically use it lol!
it can stick on....JUST fyi,
that is all
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using your parking brake in super cold can be a big m f'er if you dont typically use it lol!
it can stick on....JUST fyi,
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Speaking from experience?
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Put pickup in neutral when started in cold weather

Yes, not on my stroker. I have a handshaker, so it gets used regularly...I had an 83 f150 that I hardly used the ebrake on, always just left it in gear....went to leave the FD after my 24, pulled release, pedal moved up about 1 inch, and I spent the next 2 hours hearing up the rear drums and knockin the ebrake levers back, needless to say, I don't use my ebrake when it's about 20 or less.


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Yes, not on my stroker. I have a handshaker, so it gets used regularly...I had an 83 f150 that I hardly used the ebrake on, always just left it in gear....went to leave the FD after my 24, pulled release, pedal moved up about 1 inch, and I spent the next 2 hours hearing up the rear drums and knockin the ebrake levers back, needless to say, I don't use my ebrake when it's about 20 or less.


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Man, that's gotta be the worst when all you want to do is go home and you've gotta freeze your azz off working on the truck
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Old 02-11-2013, 07:03 AM
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Friction warms your trans up. Doesn't matter if it's in P or N, you've gotta drive it to warm it up. When you start it in neutral, all you're doing is sending fluid to the neutral valve in your primary drum. Nothing more. You gotta drive it to get some heat into it.
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