How the Cold Affects your Transmission

We’re well into the heart of winter. Not everybody knows that extremes of both hot and cold temperatures can have adverse effects on their vehicles.


Extreme cold temperatures most commonly affect automatic transmissions. This is usually called “transmission slipping”; it happens when your vehicle is constantly exposed to freezing temperatures. This causes the system to freeze and contract, which makes the fuel line begin to leak from the seals and creates low line pressure. When your vehicle has low-line pressure or a low fuel supply, its gears cease to work right. This can apply in hot temperatures as well. To keep your transmission working, you need regulated fluid levels.

Maybe the best way to keep your car running smoothly in cold temperatures is to turn your engine on and leave it for 5 or 10 minutes. If your gears don’t shift quickly, let it sit a little longer.

For any other auto-related questions or needs, give Saline Automotive a call at (734) 429-2886.