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I have a 94 camry with the v6. When I start in the morning, it is very doggie. Sluggish, then about 1/2 mile down the road, it is fine. During this first half mile, it seems to not shift into 3rd, but once it gets warm, it is fine. Any suggestions?
 

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^^agree. That is what happened to my camry than it stopped going in reverse :/ Find a local shop and try to get a 5-speed in there :)
 

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What do you mean by default? It is supposed to do this? That sounds better than the tranny is going bad!
 

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When the tranny is cold, it doesn't want to shift up gears because it's trying to warm up so that the lubricants work better. It's more apparent in large trucks, where they won't even shift out of first year until a certain temperature is met. When it gets colder, it'll become more apparent.. just don't run the car to the ground right when you start up the car.. or let it idle for a minute before driving.
 

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When the tranny is cold, it doesn't want to shift up gears because it's trying to warm up so that the lubricants work better. It's more apparent in large trucks, where they won't even shift out of first year until a certain temperature is met. When it gets colder, it'll become more apparent.. just don't run the car to the ground right when you start up the car.. or let it idle for a minute before driving.
maybe that why i let mine run for 5 10 mins top lol
 

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when the car is cold,by default it wont change to 3rd gear.
normally you're bang on with your posts, but this one I will have to sit out for. Not sure, but I definitely think that isn't right. My car shifts to 3rd and even 4th if need be when it's cold. Then again I don't usually go right to highway speeds when the car is cold. Computer is programmed to set the shift point higher for that simple reason, to warm the engine. Higher shift point = higher rpm's = car warming quicker :)
 

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The ECU normally won't let the engine make full power until it's somewhat warmed up. It doesn't have to be FULLY warm as indicated on the temperature gauge. Not sure what, exactly, the ECU does to accomplish this. My guess would be that it retards ignition timing a bit.

Of course, this wouldn't be related to the transmission's reluctance to shift into third gear. I agree with the other folks on that - transmission's got a problem.
 

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Ok, so how much does a new transmission cost to put it? Just wondering if it is worth it to spend the money. Have 216k on it.
 

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It is written in camry owner manual:

"If the engine coolant temperature is low, the
transmission will not shift into overdrive
gear even with the overdrive switch on.
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when the car is cold,by default it wont change to 3rd gear.
yes, i noticed same thing on my V6. it starts upshifting normally once it gets warmed up, but before that in city driving it uses only 1st & 2nd gear.

glad it's normal, for a while I had doubts :lol:
 
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