clutch slip just on first cold pull away?

I have a 97' 960 w/170K miles. First time I pull forward in the morning it feels like the clutch is slipping just for 100 feet. No
other slipping any other time. My mechanic says the car is in good shape mechanically, that the xmission fluid is full and looks okay. I had one person tell me this can be normal if the xmission needs flushing and then it would be okay. Is that real? I'm not familiar with Volvos. Any other car I'd think the clutch or xmission is on the way out. Is it or is this normal?
Thanks
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
njem wrote:

Manual transmissions as a general rule don't slip, any slippage would be the clutch. Perhaps the slave cylinder is sticking?
If this is an automatic, it's probably time for a transmission rebuild.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Yes, forgot to mention this is an automatic.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

wish i could help. this is a very year specific question. it is not that brand specific. a BMW, Saab, Audi, even Fiat might have the exact same tranny. you see the EU works together - nuff said.
there is still a decision strategy that i can suggest. how important is a catastrophic failure compared to the cost of a new clutch plate?
i don't think you have a 3rd millennium tranny. so i will give you the old school answer. how difficult is flushing the tranny? do it! but 170k it sounds like the clutch plate -- it's just a glorified brake pad. they wear-out. until then warm your clutch by letting it out slowly (if you still can, your yr may be a little late to do that) or depress the clutch a afew times, let it out & wait for the clutch to warm up. you see, what is happening is that parts expand when they heat up. so parts that don't quite meet (& don't transmit power) begin to touch. then again you said fluid & not 80 wght, so what do i know?
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Richard W Langbauer wrote:

Flushing it is not a bad idea, it might nurse it along a bit longer. If a clutch pack is worn out it would be silly to go through all the trouble of removing and tearing down the transmission to just replace that one clutch pack. If that's the issue, either rebuild the whole thing or replace it with a good used transmission.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Whats the chance you need to adjust the kick down cable as well as a good clean out work the manual selector as well as they often get a groove in them from lack of use .Low oil was a problem with my old Fairlane in cold weather doing left hand turns .Adding a little extra over the full mark fixed that up .Left hand sharp turns up hill would throw it out completely .I would love to know if that fixes it .I used to give my tranny a bit of a work out sometimes so it didn't sludge up .Give it a good clean out as well .

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

an automatic? well then. yes it's beginning to go. so buy a replacement or a cell phone (so you can call someone when it stops moving).
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
Thanks for all the replies folks. I was debating whether to sell it. Now I know.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

be careful of mandatory disclosure laws. they are very location dependent (ask a local pro), but often require the disclosure of any "known" defects. you can no longer claim ignorance.
Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload
WAS THE OIL RIGHT OR DIRTY ?DID YOU CHECK THE CABLEFOR THE KICK DOWN ?
wrote:

Add pictures here
<% if( /^image/.test(type) ){ %>
<% } %>
<%-name%>
Add image file
Upload

Motorsforum.com is a website by car enthusiasts for car enthusiasts. It is not affiliated with any of the car or spare part manufacturers or car dealers discussed here. All logos and trade names are the property of their respective owners.