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2014 M7 Shifting Issue

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I have a 2014 Z51 M7.

If I come to a stop in a higher gear, sometimes I'll have a problem getting it back into 1st while stationary. If I can tell it's not engaged I can slip the clutch a bit and usually get it there, otherwise the gears don't mesh.

Under normal driving it shifts fine, and if I downshift to 1st while I'm still moving it also does fine.

The easy solution is to just downshift every time.

The clutch reservoir level seems to be at the min line so I'll fix that. Speaking of which, the manual say not to remove the cap to check the fluid level, but my reservoir is black, so I can't see the level without removing the cap. Do you guys have opaque reservoirs?

I haven't started trouble-shooting this yet, but I thought I'd ask her in case anyone has had a similar problem...


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The OP isn't saying the fluid is dark, but that the reservoir is actually black plastic, not the transluscent white. I've not seen a black one, but perhaps that was a running change - mine is a very early '14 with a white reservoir, and all my friends with C7s have the automatics. Not much to compare it to!

As for your actual shifting problem, it's possible the shifter needs realignment for better engage/disengage characteristics. Your dealer should be able to help there. When you check the fluid, check the color as well. If very dark (think coffee or tea) it should be replaced. Good fluid will be very nearly clear with just a hint of caramel color (think ginger ale). Again, the dealer can fix this. Yes, you should really be downshifting, as the upper gears aren't designed for very low speeds. As Fleet mentioned, the syncros can be a bit fussy. In most situations, I press the clutch in just before complete stop, and shift out of gear. Once stopped, I'll either keep it in neutral and watch for the cross light to go yellow, and slip into 1st just before I get green, or just keep the clutch pressed and immediately go into 1st while stopped at shorter intervals, such as stop signs, behind school buses, etc. I think Fleet is overall right, as on rare occassions I have to double clutch to get into first. My '14 Z51 M7 has 73xxx miles, and no major tranny issues.
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