Cold Weather Means Trouble for Your Manual Transmission
It's freezing outside, and snow is piling up inch by inch. Winter is the catalyst for many problems with your car, whether it's trapped in a snow bank or caught in a skid. Internal mechanisms, specifically the manual transmission in Sandy Springs, GA, are also affected by the cold weather and can affect the way your car operates. It's important to recognize the symptoms of these issues to avoid permanent damage to your car and the possibility of causing accidents while driving.
One of the most common issues in cold weather is the transmission slipping. The transmission freezes and contracts, causing the line fluid to leak through the seal resulting in low line pressure. Because of the insufficient pressure of liquid flowing through the transmission, its internal mechanisms function improperly, and it slips. Some indicators for a transmission slip are if the gears hesitate to engage when shifting into drive, hesitation when upshifting, and gear slippage when driving.
You aren’t the only one frozen. Sometimes the gears in the transmission, when they haven't been exercised for long periods of time, can freeze in place and can become hard to move. This is likely the case when your car doesn't shift as easily and quickly as usual.
The oils and fluids, like motor oil and brake lube, assist your car’s systems, including the transmission, in running smoothly. The icy temperatures cause these oils to thicken dramatically and lose viscosity, which can cause damage to your transmission and delay the reaction time of your car. Switching out your oil for one with lower viscosity eliminates this problem.