Getting Your Transmission Ready for the Coming Winter

Getting Your Transmission Ready for the Coming Winter

October 9, 2019

Winter is just around the corner, which means it’s time for you to start thinking about all the things you need to do to weatherproof your car so it stays in good operational condition throughout the coldest months of the year. As a general rule, you can expect automobiles to run slightly differently when the weather gets cold. Those elements can cause some damage to your vehicle, particularly when it gets snowy and icy or when the vehicle is frequently exposed to road salt.

There are a variety of simple maintenance tasks you should perform to get your vehicle ready for winter. One specific part of your vehicle you should pay some special attention to is your transmission. If parts get too cold and they begin to contract, it becomes more likely that they will get damaged during the winter. Lubrication can also become more difficult in the winter if the fluid thickens.

Here are a few steps you can take to protect your transmission during the winter with the help of our team specializing in transmission repair in Nampa, ID:

  • Keep it warm: The freezing cold of winter in Idaho can wreak havoc on vehicles. If at all possible, store your vehicle in a garage or another warm place during the winter months rather than keeping it outside. Even if the garage isn’t heated, just having the car in shelter will make a big difference, as it’s protected from the wind and at least slightly insulated. Once you start the car up, let it warm up for just a moment before putting it into drive (but you don’t need to let it idle for too long).
  • Fluid: Make sure you use the right transmission fluid in your vehicle. If possible, use synthetic fluid—it doesn’t always work with every type of car, but it is the best type of fluid available if you can use it. Your manufacturer’s recommendations in your owner’s manual will give you some information about the kinds of transmission fluid you can use.
  • Adjust your driving habits: There are certain driving habits that can harm your transmission, especially during the winter. If, for example, you get stuck in the snow, you should avoid spinning your wheels or trying to rock the vehicle back and forth. The best means of getting your car out is to get help and have your vehicle pushed out. Otherwise, you risk damaging your transmission.
  • Wash when you can: You should also avoid icy puddles on the road, or other issues that could result in rust from water and ice. When salt builds up on your vehicle, wash your car on the first day possible when it’s over freezing so that corrosion doesn’t set in and cause any damage to the vehicle body and important components.

These are just a few key examples of some of the steps you can take with transmission repair in Nampa, ID. For more information, or to schedule a service appointment, contact AATCO Transmissions and Towing today.

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