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You don't "break in gears" in an auto trans.
And on things that you do want to "break in" gears on (like a differential), you sure don't do it that way.
Yeah, it seems reasonable that if it is a 2009 it is still under the 5 year portion of the warranty, right? My car was built Feb. 13, 2008, and was first Placed In Service on March 14, 2008. I just missed the warranty period by a couple of days (the problem first occurred on March 16)!
The problem repeated itself on SIX tries to start or restart over a 2 hour period. On a good note, since I have changed the A/T fluid it has been flawless for about 20 starts/restarts over the past 2 days!
I will follow up with any problems I encounter, but for now, let's put this thread to bed and make the assumption that everything is now working properly unless I revive it. Thank you all for your contributions to this problem.
A few weeks after I changed the A/T fluid, and having been problem free the whole time, the problem started again, grinding in Park and Neutral. When I was getting ready to start the car, someone was talking to me from outside the car and I didn't turn the key all the way to start, but the starter started turning the engine over and it started. And again, the grinding noise. I turned the key quickly to start and released and the noise stopped.
The problem was in the key assembly. I took some electrical lubricant and sprayed it into the key hole, put the key in, and started and turned off the engine several times, to work the lubricant in.
So, once again, after several weeks of no problem, it appears that the problem has been fixed. The "grinding" was not in the A/T, but in the starter motor somehow being activated when in Park or Neutral.
I'm sure the dealer would have wanted to replace the whole key assembly at mucho $$$$$.
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