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C6 warm-up in cold weather

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by Crumm, Nov 17, 2003.

  1. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    I was wondering what would warm up a C6 faster - Park or Neutral?
    It is currently -31 outside and I just fired up the old girl to head for work. I have a circulating block heater, oil pan heater, transmission pan heater and battery heaters for both batteries so I am not starting from dead cold but would like to be as kind to this old tranny as I can.
    Thanks for any replies.
  2. ksland

    ksland Senior Member
    from ma
    Messages: 419

    Would be the same park or nuetral.
  3. Plow Meister

    Plow Meister PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,174

    The fluid travels in exactly the same places when in both park and in neutral. The only difference is when in park the parking prawl is activated. That is the mechanism that keeps the vehicle from moving and soemtimes makes it hard to shift out of park when parked on a hill.
  4. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84

    You may be thinking of Dodges. In park they do something where the fluid does not circulate as well or pump output is lowered, Im not not sure. That is why if you own a Dodge you have to put the trans in neutral rather than park after a hard run because they just get hotter in park, I know I have heard this somewhere.
  5. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Never hd a problem with a C-6 being cold they work the same as always. I let mine warm up in park and it goes into gear fine. Never had one die under me, can't say that for the new 4 speeds!
    I got an old girl too so I see what you mean! Atleast we can find guys to rebuild her in their garage for cheap. The 4 spd guys get raped for rebuilds.
  6. Crumm

    Crumm Senior Member
    Messages: 529

    The only time mine is really stiff is when it is colder than -20. It seems to warm up pretty fast but it doesn't want to engage very fast until it does. For the last week it has been above 0 and it works great. It is the original transmission and although the mileage is low I think it is still good for a transmission to last 29 years...
  7. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84

    Oh hell, for -20 F that seems about par for the course.
  8. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    Like I said in another thread:
    The only thing that likes to run in frigid temp's is a Polar Bear!
  9. 86burban

    86burban Senior Member
    from chicago
    Messages: 130

    Starting in neutral is easier on the pumps. Fluid is moving around in neutral better and faster than it is in park. It wont be as hard on the pumps to get into gear.

  10. juggernaut

    juggernaut Member
    Messages: 84

    That maybe true on hills due to the parking pawl being engaged. However fluid flow is the same in Fords whether in Park or neutral.