How To Take Care Of Your Transmission In Winter

February 24, 2021 | By Mister Transmission

How To Take Care Of Your Transmission In Winter

Canadians know that winter driving is different. We all know about basic service and winter care: winter tires, antifreeze, windshield wiper fluid, etc. But what about transmissions? What is proper transmission service winter care?

Proper Transmission Service Means Checking Your Transmission Fluid In Any Weather.

First, let’s start with your transmission fluid. Automatic and continuously variable transmissions use automatic transmission fluid. Manual transmissions can also use automatic transmission fluid, or they can use something called transmission oil, or just standard motor oil. Whatever you drive, you should check your transmission fluid regularly. If you tell somebody that you check it every month, they might look at you and say, “Really? Every month?”. A lot of people don’t check it that often, but they should. Monthly checks give you the best chance at noticing small problems before they become big problems. This is good practice regardless of the season, but winter puts more stress on your vehicle than other seasons, so transmission fluid checks are an important part of transmission service winter care.

Winter Conditions Can Wreak Havoc With Your Transmission.

At lower temperatures, transmission fluid becomes more viscous, reducing its ability to lubricate. It’s good practice to drive slowly for the first few kilometres in winter. If you live in a particularly cold place, consider investing in an engine heater. It’s essentially a space heater for your engine; you simply plug it into an outlet in your garage and let it warm up your engine before you begin to drive.

What Else Should You Know About Transmission Service, Winter Care, And Transmission-Friendly Driving?

Idling your engine is bad. It’s bad for your fuel consumption, bad for the environment, Furthermore, if you find yourself stuck in the snow, do not spin your wheels excessively. Apart from not getting you free, you have a good chance of overheating the transmission and possibly damaging internal components.

Mister Transmission

At Mister Transmission, we can provide all the transmission service, winter care, and any other transmission work you need. To learn more about transmission service and winter care, please contact us. You can search for a location near you or call our customer service line at 1-800-373-8432.

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ALI AL-HISSNAWE
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After wasting a month at Jim Pattison Hyundai to finally get quoted option A (5k$ for a refurbed transmission) or option B (8k $ for a new transmission), I opted for C take it to a known and trusted expert Mr. Transmission in Whalley. I dropped my vehicle off in the morning and had the transfer case replaced and vehicle ready for pick up by 3:30. A mildly used transfer case was installed and tested and let's just say the cost was no where near the options I was quoted at JPH. I highly encourage anyone with transmission or drivetrain issues to come talk to Mr. Transmission. These guys are pros.
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I came by yesterday, November 14th with my 2017 Chevrolet Suburban which gave me issues that day and the day prior with regards to a slipping gear. I was unsure whether to goto GM again as they had just worked on it in June and I had trust issues regarding some other issues in my truck. Seeing the great reviews I decided to come here and was greeted by Jennifer, who was very nice and took all the requisite info. I ultimately did not get my servicing done here (I had a warranty with GM on the work done in June) but I will give 5 stars due to the honesty of this business. Jennifer called me after the free diagnosis and told me before they do anything, I should inquire regarding a warranty on the job done as it did not exceed 20,000km since the work was completed in June. She advised to go speak to GM and if there isn’t a warranty they will happily look at the truck. I had discussed earlier with my friend who had an issue with his vehicle that we have a hard time trusting most mechanics due to the many vultures we have come across. In my situation it would be easy for any mechanic to go ahead and make the buck off me, however Jennifer and their team are a gem in this industry and looked out for my best interest. I highly recommend them alone for their honesty and will recommend them to anyone of my friends who ever have an issue with their car. If I don’t have a warranty covering my truck I will for sure be back to Mister Transmission if there is a problem. Thank you Jennifer and the team!
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