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I have f350 2010 if I 't use the truck a week the

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I have f350 2010 if I don't use the truck for over a week the transmission does not shift up for about a mile. it is not temperature related and if i use the shft it makes no different
Submitted: 2 years ago.
Category: Transmissions
Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 2 years ago.

Sounds like your truck has morning sickness. It's when the seals in the transmission don't seal as well as they used to, and the pressure bleeds past them. After the transmission and fluid warms up a little, the seals get softer and seal better, allowing the pressure necessary to properly operate the transmission. You could try getting a transmission fluid flush and see if it helps any

Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 2 years ago.

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Expert:  AZTechBrian replied 2 years ago.

You didn't have to open a new question to reply to me. You can reply right here. The difference of the trans fluid temperature in the summer time versus the winter time is trivial compared to the temperature of the fluid after driving the truck. vehicles with "morning sickness" have it in the summer and in the winter. It does not go away in the summer simply because of the outside temperature is warmer. If you feel hot transmission fluid you would know what I am talking about. It gets very hot. When it does, those old worn out seals will get soft and seal much better. If you would like though, I can definitely opt out and let somebody else have a shot at it

Customer: replied 2 years ago.
seems I have not been clear enough with the problemthere is a hugh difference in winter and summer temperature and the problem disappears in about 1 mile summer or winter at which time the transmission temperature has hardly changed so I don't agree it is temperature related to the oil temp in the transmission
the transmission has been service by Ford - no change.
If it was temperature related or "morning sickness" - a silly comment" why does it only happen after truck is not used for 10 or more days but work perfectly if used every day irrespective of the ambient temperature. and starts shifting within the same distance from leaving the house.
Sorry but your explaination about the seal does not match the facts especially when considering the distance/time.
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
just one more thingthe problem is not related to whether it is morning or evening it can happen any time the truck has not been used for a while
Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.

Welcome I'm Chris aka Moose

The previous tech has opted out and will no longer be helping.

Have you ever started the truck and let it idle about 30 seconds prior to shifting to D or R to see if the issue does not occur?

Is it the 1-2 shift that will not complete?

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Thanks Chris

Expert:  Chris (aka- Moose) replied 2 years ago.

I really hate that you came to Just Answer, paid to get an answer, but appears like you left not happy nor pleased with my help. I am still here available to help more. We can start over or just pick up where we left off. Let me know what I can do, so you will be pleased with my assistance.