There are some issues which need to be taken care of properly when using our cars in cold weather. It is a known fact that in cold temperatures, a car may consume more fuel to start up the engine in order to be fully operational as in warm conditions. In cold weather, a car engine is much more difficult to start because the oil used in it becomes thicker and requires more energy to get to its normal state. The engine parts which are lubricated by the cold thicker fuel require significant energy in order to be activated. So, it seems quite simple to have transmission problems in cold weather. Usually, a higher energy requirement means that the engine will take more fuel to get its parts moving. The engine will definitely end up consuming a large amount of fuel to get the car warmed properly.
But, experiencing a shifting in weather conditions is not a sign that the transmission has broken or that it has an immediate problem, it is an early sign that there will be a problem at some point. What you should know further on is that there is a difference between the manual and automatic cars and the symptoms are different as well.
Usually, manual cars will have trouble getting into the correct gear as a consequence of the cold weather. Not to mention they are more difficult to start when the weather gets colder. You should not ignore these symptoms even if they disappear once the weather begins to warm up as they might be an early wake-up call to take your car to a mechanic and check it up of some transmission problems.
The automatic transmission is the most complex mechanism and if you notice some warning signs that something is not working the way it should be in cold weather, the most important thing to do is to take your car to a specialist and have a transmission repair. What you should do when trying to use your car in a cold winter day is to check the engine light. Today’s transmissions are computer controlled and a check engine light can be the indicator of some transmission problems, even if you don’t feel any symptom yet. The modern automobile computers are extremely sensitive and can detect a transmission slip or malfunction that usually is imperceptible to the driver. But, the light will always come on to tell you that something is wrong somewhere. From here is quite easy to see that something is wrong and get your car to be checked out. Among some symptoms that you can notice, we should mention a shaking sensation, burning smell, delayed drive or leakage.