Thanks guys for the help.
I've had the MC dealer change the fluids on an annual basis and last time I'm pretty sure they use 15w40. I can check when I get home.
The problem happens both in forward and reverse. When I mean cold.. well that is a relative term for us in AZ. The air temp is about 70F when it happens. I will double check the linkage.
Jake - the manual would be a big help - email@example.com