2013 M/T Feels Very Sloshy After Long Highway Drive (Overheating?)
I've been looking into a lot of the old M/T problem threads, but haven't seen anything like my situation (at least I don't think so). I'll preface this by saying I have zero issues with the M/T during everyday driving. It's smooth when it's warmed up.
My problem creeps up after I've driven awhile at highway speeds like today when I drove ~70mi from Austin to San Antonio. The shifting action becomes very sloshy as if the gearbox is full of wet sand. Under normal conditions I can be in gear and with minimal effort sort of pop the gear back to neutral. When the tranny is screwed up, I have to move the shifter around searching for neutral or another gear. The smooth action that I've come to expect is completely gone. Typically in neutral I can wiggle the shifter left and right. In this bad state, I can only seem to move it left. It just refuses to go right towards 5th/6th. I've had this happen once before when I was driving around a hilly area at low speeds before hoping on the highway. In that case, I couldn't get the car into gear at all. Fortunately I was in my apartment parking lot at the time.
I suspect overheating could be the issue because sitting at a light for a minute and wiggling around the stick seemed to help a tiny bit today. Parking the car and turning it off for a few minutes makes a big difference.
I'm going to try and get it to the dealer on Saturday. The tricky part is recreating the problem.
I'd like to hear some other informed opinions.