On or around Mon, 09 Jan 2006 21:54:43 +0000 (GMT), "Dave Liquorice"
<email@example.com> enlightened us thusly:
>On Mon, 09 Jan 2006 16:46:40 GMT, Richard Smith wrote:
>> Have just got new defender. On starting off first thing in the
>> morning I have great difficulty changing from first to second gear.
>> This seems to get better as the journey proceeds.
>When I asked this question in here about 6 months ago the responses
>were "that's normal for the R380 box"...
>The box that came with the vehicle (2001 DII) died on the M6, that was
>a little fussy about 1st to 2nd. The replacement box is also fussy.
>I've simply learnt to double declutch the first few 1st to 2nd gear
>changes. B-) Once it's been driven a few miles it's fine. This would
>sort of support the "thick oil" when cold theory.
I've used SAE75 fully synthetic and it makes for a slow shift the first
couple of times on cold mornings. However, I tend to think that the dexron
II gets a bit thin when hot. Dunno, really; it probably depends on your
climate. In cold areas you'd do better with the thinner dexron II, since
your cold mornings outweigh your hot days. In hotter areas, I'd tend to
think you might do better with something a bit higher spec. and thicker.
The problem with SAE 75 only shows at less than about 5 degrees and witht he
vehicle stone cold.
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