If it seems like transmission issues always happen to you in the cold weather, you're not alone. Learn how to protect yourself from a transmission replacement cost this winter.
It's impossible to avoid driving altogether just because it's winter, but there are some steps you can take to protect your transmission. When you begin driving, try to go slow to avoid changing gears too often, whether you drive an automatic or manual. If you notice the gears are still slow to change, your car still needs some time to warm up. Once warmer, your car will be able to ease into gear changes to avoid wearing out the transmission too much.
Use a Garage
While it's not always possible, park your car in the garage overnight or even in a parking garage at work, if it's an option. If the temperature stays above 50 degrees in the garage, transmission parts won't shrink and the fluid won't thicken. If you store your car out in the cold and the fluid does thicken, you could be risking damage at a faster rate.
Use Synthetic Fluid
In cold weather, synthetic transmission fluid works better than other types. Just note that not all cars take synthetic fluid and you will need to check and make sure the type of fluid you're using is compatible with the make and model. Otherwise it may cause more damage.
Take Time to Warm It Up
Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to warm up your car before you actually have to drive it. If it's in the garage, open up the garage door and turn on the engine for a few minutes. If it's outside, your vehicle may need a little longer to get the transmission ready to go. In the meantime, eat a nice breakfast and finish getting ready. Your transmission will thank you for the extra warm up time!If your transmission has already fallen victim to the cold, don't worry. A good shop can take care of a transmission replacement in no time at all.