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car shifts to 2nd late when engine is cold

My car revs high until going into second -- just for first 2-3 blocks. I am selling car and need to point this guy somewhere to show this is normal. I think it is in a manual somewhere but can't find. Any help appreciated!

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How high does it rev? If not too high then it's normal since it does that to warm up the cat. convertors, transmission, and engine fluids faster.

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Many modern vehicles do this, it's part of controlling emissions to more rapidly achieve operating temperatures in combustion chambers and exhaust components.

That said, slow shifting is also a sign that the transmission needs to be serviced. And that said, if it truly operates seamlessly and flawlessly when warmed up then it's probably fine.

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