Newark, Ohio

Can Winter Weather Lead to Transmission Repairs? February 4, 2020

Newark, Licking
Can Winter Weather Lead to Transmission Repairs?, Newark, Ohio

With cold temperatures and icy roadways, winter can be hard on your vehicle. While you might think the transmission is relatively safe in the winter due to a reduced risk of overheating, the season can actually result in performance problems that could lead to major transmission repairs. Here’s what you need to know about protecting your transmission during the winter.

How Does Winter Affect the Transmission?

transmission repairCold weather will cause the transmission’s internal parts to contract, which can increase the risk for excess wear or fluid leaks. At extremely cold temperatures, the transmission fluid may no longer lubricate system parts, resulting in additional wear. This will make it harder to shift gears or result in delayed shifting. The added pressure on the system increases the risk of other repair problems.

If water has gotten into the transmission system, it poses a risk of causing serious damage to the internal components if it freezes. If the valve body or case gets cracked by freezing water, the transmission will need to be replaced.

How Do You Protect the Transmission?

Protecting your transmission during the winter will require a few changes to your driving habits. Keep your vehicle in a warm garage to mitigate the impact of cold weather. You may also wish to switch to a synthetic transmission fluid that is more resistant to freezing temperatures. 

Giving the engine time to warm up after you start the car and then driving slower for your first few miles on the road can also help the transmission warm up to safe temperatures. Drivers should also avoid excessive idling or shifting to minimize strain on the transmission’s internal components.

 

Whether you need vehicle diagnostics or extensive transmission repairs, you can count on Brown’s Transmission & Full Service Auto Repair in Newark, OH. Serving the Licking County area since 1959, these auto repair experts back all transmission work with a two-year, unlimited mile warranty, so you can have peace of mind. To learn more about their services, visit them online, or call (740) 522-4459 to schedule an appointment.

Other Announcements, Events and Deals from Brown's Transmission & Full Service Auto Repair
5 Tuneup Tips to Keep a Car on the Road, Newark, Ohio
A car is a significant investment and a point of pride, so it’s important to take care of it so that it will hold more of its resale value and last longer. Avoiding rough roads and k...read more
4 Possible Reasons a Car Won't Start, Newark, Ohio
Your car not starting is a frustrating experience, especially if you have somewhere important to be, and it’s easy to assume the worst. Luckily, it often takes a simple auto rep...read more
What Is a Tire Rotation & Why Is It Necessary?, Newark, Ohio
You’ve probably heard that getting your vehicle’s tires rotated regularly is important, but you may not know exactly why they need to be swapped with each other. Typically,...read more
A Guide to Preparing Your Car's AC for Summer, Newark, Ohio
The worst time to discover that you need car AC repair is on a particularly hot summer day. Start testing the air conditioning during the relatively cool weather of spring and look o...read more
3 Important Reasons to Get a Car Tuneup, Newark, Ohio
When it comes to getting continued quality performance from your vehicle, auto maintenance matters—and not much is more important than a car tuneup. This service typically invol...read more