ULTIMATE GUIDE (2018/19): How To Prepare Your Car For Winter

winter car preparation

Introduction

Every winter comes with blustery conditions, dipping temperatures, and freezing wind chills which could be dangerous for your car.

 

That is why we prepared this ULTIMAGE GUIDE to show you how to
prepare your car for winter and extreme weather conditions.

 

 

We will tell you exactly what to do with your car, in both scenarios, if you plan on driving it through the winter or if you plan on storing it somewhere.

6 steps to prepare your car for driving in winter conditions:

1. Start when temperatures start dropping and you start feeling a little bit of frost
2. Check your tire pressure
3. Test your battery
4. Check your windshield wiper fluid and oil
5. Add a coat of wax over your car
6. Inspect brake lights and headlights.

 

10 steps to properly store your car during winter (if not in use):

1. Clean your car
2. Check on the engine filter and oil
3. Disconnect your battery
4. Leave your manual transmission shift in gear
5. Do not engage the parking brake
6. Jack your car and place it on jack stands
7. Use lithium grease to coat your tires
8. Plug aluminum foil or steel wool into your tailpipe
9. Roll up all windows and properly close all the doors, hood, and trunk
10. Make sure your storage facility is moisture-free as much as possible.

Continue reading and we will explain all those steps in details.

 

When should I start preparing my car for Winter?

The best time to begin preparation for the coming winter is in the weeks before Thanksgiving. Once the temperatures start dropping, and you start getting a little bit of frost, then that is a good reminder to start.

 

Ways to Prepare Your Car for Winter and Extreme Weather Conditions

Whether your car is in the driveway or on the highway, extreme weather conditions can lead to trouble in different ways. Below are ways to ensure your car is ready to for the coming winter and provide a safe driving experience all through Extreme Weather Conditions.

Monitor Your Tire Pressure

winter car tiresIt is vital to check your tire pressure monthly, particularly in winter periods, since a tire’s pressure can significantly reduce as the air becomes colder. Having an under-inflated tire would lead to underperformance and this does not wear good for any user. The pressure in tires is calculated by Pounds Per Square Inch (PSI). If you are not sure about your tire PSI level and what it should be, you can ask from a certified repair shop. The appropriate inflation levels are usually found on the driver’s door jam.

PRO TIP: There are certain tire styles that can better navigation through wintry weather. A decent rule of thumb is to, in any case, get an all-season tire with driving conditions specified to be less than 40 degrees Fahrenheit. Also, if you live in regions where temperatures may be much lower, it would be advisable to look into winter tires. These tires are made for superior traction and better handling in icy or snowy roads.

 

Test Your Battery

Most battery capacities decline significantly in cold conditions, so it is significant to have a battery expert check it out to guarantee it’s giving peak output. It also turns out to be even more vital to own a well-performing battery in winter and extreme weather conditions. The effect is harder on the battery cells and it limits their battery capacity. Parking your vehicle in a garage, away from the freezing cold, is another approach to protecting your battery.

PRO TIP: Owning jumper cables is also useful, not only for breaks down but also in a situation when you need to help others in need of a jumpstart.

 

Check/Change Windshield Wiper Fluid and Oil

windshield dangers winterYour windshield wiper fluid and oil ought to be framed for winter. Wiper fluid containing more percentage of alcohol than water is not likely to freeze. Also, oil with lesser viscosity means less fluid in cold conditions. So, you may have to consider substituting it with oil having lower numbers. The wipers, like belts, are made from rubber and are susceptible to wear and tear, particularly when the windshield has ice on it. Investing a little more on wipers made precisely for winter conditions can ensure you have better visibility.

PRO TIP: Search for cracks in windshields and ensure wiper blades are functioning well. If you find cracks or chips, they are likely to get worse in winter and extreme weather conditions. It is recommended you have them checked by an expert to get the best possible solutions.

Also, ensure your defrosters are functioning properly, as they assist with sustaining visibility too.

 

Adding A Coat of Wax

Before winter starts, adding a fresh coat of wax can aid your car protection against further harm from salt and road dirt. While a key factor to combatting icy roads is the use of Road salt, they can also be a source for extensive damage in a car over time due to its corrosive nature. To reduce such occurrence, apply them to the lower parts of your car, including front grille, quarter panels, and behind the wheels. This move is necessary because ice, salt, and snow tend to accumulate more in these areas.

 

Inspect Brake Lights and Headlights

It is vital for your car to have fully functional brake lights and headlights especially when preparing or winter. Both lights are very helpful when it comes to your own visibility. So, if you notice any plastic light covers with haze on them or they appear discolored, you need to have them checked out. Such signs can provide a negative effect on their level of brightness.

PRO TIP: Plastic headlight lens repair kits can be obtained from several retailers if you elect not to use the service of an expert.

 

List of Items to Have in Your Car for Upcoming Winter and Extreme Weather Conditions

Having a spare tire in good condition is important if you also have the right tools to change when necessary. But they are also other important items to have in Your Car, especially for Upcoming Winter and Extreme Weather Conditions. Below are list for items needed to keep your car ready for winter and other emergency conditions.

  • Battery powered radio and extra batteries
  • First aid kit with pocket knife
  • Flashlight, matches
  • Emergency flares, fluorescent distress flag
  • Extra blankets, hats, mittens, and socks
  • Necessary medications Road salt and sand
  • Shovel, windshield scraper, and small broom
  • Tow chain, rope, and booster cables
  • Water and snack food

 

How do you store a car for the winter (if no usage)?

car stored for winterWith temperature levels starting to drop, it is time to decide what you are going to do with your car. Several people would always elect to drive over the winter months; while others prefer storing their car during such periods. Well, if you elect to store your car during such periods, then it becomes important for you to prepare your Car for Winter Storage. Planning to store your car for the coming winter? Then this is a must read for you.

 

Cleaning

Getting your car clean now is better and becomes much easier than waiting for after winter season. A thorough car cleaning includes cleaning the exterior, interior, undercarriage, and under the hood. Removing all the dirt which your vehicle has accrued becomes much easier to remove now than waiting for them to settle in after several months.

The cleaning process should start from the interior, ensure to vacuum all dust while cleaning. After you are satisfied with your interior cleaning, you can proceed to other areas. Go over your car and ensure it is totally dry before proceeding to store. Any moisture left behind would corrode metal parts while in storage. Also, give your car the best wax job available.

PRO TIP: Ensure you carefully wash the undercarriage. Any dirt left would lead to corrosion or rust on the metal portions while in storage. Polish any chrome part to retain preservation over the winter period.

 

Car Preventative Maintenance

Giving your car Preventative maintenance will aid your car preparation for storage over winter.

Engine Fluid and Filter Change: The next step in preparing your vehicle for winter storage is changing the engine filter and oil. The oil change prior to storage would help lessen any moisture within the system. The following car fluids should be changed:

  • Brake Fluid
  • Clutch Fluid
  • Coolant
  • Engine Oil
  • Washer Fluid

PRO TIP: It is recommended to use synthetic oil, as it boosts coating effects and does not collapse easily when compared to regular oil.

 

Disconnect Your Battery: Next step is disconnecting your battery. If you plan to store your car for long periods, it is recommended to remove your battery completely. Aging and low temperatures in winter can be a source of cracking in batteries, thus jeopardizing your engine bay to an acid spill.

PRO TIP: Using some type of battery maintainer/tender would extend your battery life when your car is stored. These devices are connected to the battery terminals in order to provide continuous and consistent charge to the battery.

Other preventative maintenance approach includes leaving your Manual transmission in gear, in order to eradicate any likelihood of shift rod corrosion. Also, irrespective of what happens, do not engage the parking brake!! If you leave the brake applied, the shoes are more likely to freeze with the drum, thus becoming difficult to disengage them. Protecting your tires comes with few options that include:

  • Jacking your car and placing it on jack stands.
  • Over-inflating your tires.
  • Using lithium grease to coat your tires.

Your next worry should be eliminating possible entries for critters like mice. They are responsible for destroying a lot in cars. You can plug aluminum foil or steel wool into your tailpipe with for protection. Also, roll up all windows and properly close all the doors, hood, and trunk in your car to eliminate all hinge pressure and ultimately shut out critters.

PRO TIP: Silica can be placed in the interior of your car to retain free moisture.

 

Storage facility to Use

The best choice for storing your car is in a full climate-controlled building. Regrettably, this is not an option for most car owners. The other option for storing your car, which can be similarly effective, would be a facility without climate control, but proper precautions must be taken into action.

If your preferred storage area has only concrete floors, then place a carpet over the concrete. This process would prevent moisture from staying in the underside of your vehicle. Concrete floors are known to grasps plenty of moisture and the carpet will assist in keeping them away from your car’s underneath. It is also recommended to cover no less than the length of your vehicle (if you wish, you can cover the entire concrete floor). Another close possibility is the use of a plastic sheet or tarp for a similar purpose.

An outside carport can also pass as a storage facility, but ensure you have all sides protected from the wind. You can add additional car covers, but care must be taken in determining the outdoor condition the car is about to be subjected to.

 

expert advice on how to prepare car for winter

The Top 20 Car Maintenance Question to Ask During Preparation for Winter

How to know if my tires good for the forthcoming winter?

Have an expert check out your car tires for both tire tread and air pressure.

What steps should be taken in storing my car during winter?

Proper cleaning, oil change the, inflated tires are needed. Kindly follow the detailed steps above, or contact a repair shop in your area for more recommendations.

Do I need to change my multi-weight oil?

Changing your car oil regularly is important. The use of quality multi-weight oil permits proper functioning even in winter.

Would my engine coolant work well in freezing conditions?

A good repair shop can check if your engine coolant will fare well. You can also get good recommendations as well.

My mechanic endorses an engine/injector/transmission cleaning. Is this needed?

Yes, especially if your vehicle spends more time idle. The outcome of such cleaning is always best for your car.

What should I do if my brakes grab/vibrate?

It implies something is wrong with the rotating component, and you need to have them checked out by a professional as soon as possible.

Do I need special wiper blades for winter?

Wiper blades are important in improving visibility, any worn wipers should be changed on time.

Do my wiper fluid need changing for upcoming winter?

Similar to wiper blades have an expert check to ensure they do not freeze during such periods.

Are my AC and heater functioning properly?

Both are a crucial part of your climate control system which keeps you warm. Have an expert check them out for you if you notice any change.

What items should I have within my trunk?

A winter survival kit would be perfect for the period of time. Additionally, you can look up the list above.

Is my battery properly charging?

Only a mechanic test can determine such. Ensure to have your battery checked before the start of this period.

How do I tell if my air filters are in good condition?

When you have a clogged filter, the engine works harder. If you notice any disparity, kindly visit a repair shop to have it checked out.

How is my car’s overall health?

Let the scan decide. It is important to have your car checked to complete for necessary maintenance before any bad weather. Safety is paramount.

Why do I need to change to winter tires?

All-season tires lose agility in the cold conditions, but winter tires are created to endure compliantly and retain grip in same conditions.

Should I use the service schedules recommended by my repair shop?

Yes, your repair shop only wants what is best for you and your car. Following such schedules would save you more in time.

I have no sign of leakage but my engine keeps consuming oil. What should I do?

Oil consumption follows a specified range. If you notice any irregularities, kindly contact an expert for further actions.

Why does my mileage drop so severely in winter?

Winter often increase fuel consumption by up to 25%. You can try Premium gas.

Is it essential to change my timing belt?

If it is stretched or bad, the results can be disastrous. Kindly replace them without any delay.

Can I change my headlights for brighter ones?

Yes, if the Bulbs meet the necessary standards that apply to aftermarket replacement bulbs.

Do you recommend buying aftermarket wheels?

Wheels designed to fit different vehicles and accurate placement is dependent on the studs. They are okay if hub-centric, i.e. the hole fits properly.

 

CONCLUSION

Whether you decide to follow these steps or not in preparing and your car for the winter and extreme weather conditions, it is significant to have an effective plan to tackle the biggest issues (light, moisture, vermin, temperature changes) your car may face in these conditions. If done properly, your car would appear even better, possibly like its first day, after this period. Also note that the information works contained here works best for short-term (i.e. several months), and not to be applied for long-term (i.e. several years).

 

Money-Saving Vehicle Maintenance Guide for 2018!

 

We created this Money-Saving Vehicle Maintenance Guide for 2018 to remind ourselves and you how to avoid costly car repairs in the future.

Our tips are Cost-Effective and completely Hassle-Free. If you follow this guide, your car will be running at its best performance for many more years to come.

Here is a short overview:

  1. Regular Maintenance – Change regularly oil and filters for oil, fuel and air
  2. Keep it clean – dust can damage your paint and cause abrasions
  3. Go Easy During Startup – cold engine needs up to 30 seconds to get its act together, to get oiled properly and start running smoothly
  4. Make Fewer Short Trips – if not possible, change your oil more frequently
  5. Watch for Engine Warning Signs – especially for most dangerous ones (the engine oil light, the engine temperature gauge and the brake light)
  6. Unload Extra Weight – It places extra demands on our engine, and it creates suspension, braking and even exhaust problems
  7. Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids – Transmission, differential, brake, power-steering fluid; oil; and antifreeze
  8. Take Care of Your Tires – not only because safety issues, but also because gas consumption and some other things
  9. Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later – don’t let the cough turn into pneumonia

 

Please continue reading and we will explain exactly why taking care of your car is important and can save you money (not to mention how safer and happier you will be).

2.8 Million Miles…and more to go!

Meet Irv Gordon, a 73-year-old retired science teacher from Patchogue, N.Y. He holds the Guinness world record for the most miles driven by a single owner in a noncommercial vehicle

His 1966 Volvo P1800 has more than 2.99 million miles on the odometer. The car still has the original engine (although it has been preventively rebuilt twice), transmission and radio.

 

What’s the secret to his car’s longevity?

Gordon has always changed the oil and fluids — and performed other maintenance — according to the recommendations in the Owner’s Manual.

Do Your Regular Maintenance

Skipping regularly scheduled maintenance intervals is one of the quickest ways to assure your car finds its way to an early grave. Regular oil changes and oil, fuel and air filter changes all help make sure your car has what it needs to run without problems: clean air and clean fuel, plus fresh, uncontaminated oil to prevent wear and tear.

Simply because there is no apparent problem with the car, it doesn’t imply that everything is likely to be fine with it. An added bonus to regular service? It gives good mechanics an opportunity to spot problems before they balloon into something more serious.

If you’re wondering how often to do these things, there’s a book that explains it all to you. It’s called the owner’s manual. You’ll find it in your glove box, shrink-wrapped in plastic, because — if you’re like most vehicle owners — you’ve probably never looked at it. In the back you’ll find a list of service intervals, and the services that are recommended during each of them. If intervals in the book stop at 120,000 miles, that doesn’t mean you’re done with maintenance. Go back to the beginning and start over (so, for instance, do all the services called for in the 7,500-mile service at 127,500).

By the way, if you’re fretting over the ongoing cost of routine service, remember this: “It’s the stingy man who makes the most boat payments!”

 

Keep Your Car Clean

You must clean your car often. This serves two purposes – it keeps the car spotless and glistening, and it also protects the layer of paint from dirt which can cause abrasions.

 

Go Easy During Startup

A cold engine (one that’s sat for more than five hours) will have little or no oil left on the moving parts because it has all seeped down into the oil pan. It takes only a few seconds after start-up for the oil pump to adequately lubricate an engine. During those few seconds, however, is when you should keep engine RPMs down to a minimum.

Give the engine at least 30 seconds (longer if it has sat for more than 24 hours) before popping it in gear and roaring off.

 

Make Fewer Short Trips

Short trips of less than 10 minutes can be particularly hard on a car, resulting in excessive wear and tear. During a short trip, your car’s engine never has a chance to reach its full operating temperature.

Here’s why it matters: One of the byproducts of engine combustion is water. When an engine reaches its operating temperature that water turns to vapor and is expunged, either out the tailpipe or the crankcase ventilation system. On a short trip, however, that water stays inside your car’s engine and exhaust. Unfortunately, water is one of only three ingredients necessary to make rust (you’ve already got the other two, oxygen and metal), and rust kills.

A further complication of condensation and water is that it dilutes your oil, which then does a poorer job of lubricating the engine. If you can’t avoid taking lots of short trips, we recommend you change your oil frequently, such as every 2,000-3,000 miles.

 

Watch for Engine Warning Signs

It’s OK to drive your car short distances with certain warning lights illuminated or gauges out of their normal range, but there are three that you dismiss at your car’s peril: the engine oil light, the engine temperature gauge and the brake light. A few minutes of an excessively hot engine or low oil pressure and the groceries you’re hauling in the back could suddenly be worth more than your car. A couple of minutes with the brake light on and you might end up playing bumper cars with the Cadillac Escalade ahead of you. The one being driven by Tony Soprano. In a bad mood.

Get in the habit of glancing at your engine’s temperature gauge and warning lights. If the lights come on, pull over as soon as it’s safe to do so and shut off the engine. Failure to heed warning may result in an expensive engine rebuild.

 

Unload Extra Weight

Most of us know what it feels like to be hauling a few extra doughnuts around the midriff, so to speak. It places extra demands on our engine, and it creates suspension, braking and even exhaust problems. If you catch our drift.

It’s no different with your car. Extra weight adds stress to critical systems and causes premature wear. Check your car right now.

What’s in there that can come out? Toss out the four bowling balls, the barbells and the lead-lined box of plutonium fuel rods.

You should also remove anything that causes additional drag. Creating aerodynamic drag is similar to adding weight in that it increases the demand on your engine, so think about removing the big, flat bug shield that sticks up above your hood.

Remove any roof racks you’re not actively using, and take the cargo carrier off the top of the minivan. We know it gives you some hope of looking cool, like you do something besides haul kids around, but it’s killing your gas mileage and making your engine work harder.

Change Oil and Other Vital Fluids

What fluids are we talking about?

Transmission, differential, brake, power-steering fluid; oil; and antifreeze. 

Windshield washer fluid? Not so important. Blinker fluid? There’s no such thing. We just wanted to make sure you are paying attention. 🙂

Your car’s fluids will often be changed during regular service intervals, but it’s important enough that we wanted to mention it separately. As you drive your car, and even if it just sits in the driveway, your car’s fluids degrade.

That’s a problem because each of the fluids in your car is vital to the long-term health of the engine, transmission, steering or brakes. Simply keeping the fluids topped off isn’t enough because over time they lose important properties — like their ability to remove heat and lubricate, as well as the ability to prevent rust and freezing.

Regular transmission and differential fluid changes are often overlooked, but this service is very important. If you really want to keep your car forever, get these fluids changed as needed or more often. Fresh, clean transmission fluid assures that your car’s drivetrain stays cool and uncontaminated.

Some cars, by the way, have two separate differentials. If yours is one, and make sure that both sets of differential oil get changed. It’s easy to overlook this particular service, but you do so at your own peril: A cooked differential can cost thousands of dollars to repair. Routine maintenance service to flush your transmission fluid and replacement is much less expensive.

Take Care of Your Tires

When was the last time you checked your tires’ air pressure? Don’t remember? Or maybe it was done the last time you had an oil change (or at least you hope it was). Most people don’t care about tire pressure because they don’t notice “anything wrong” with their vehicle. Well it may seem that way, until you’re forced to quickly slow down and/or swerve to avoid an accident, be it on dry, wet or icy pavement. 

When a tire is under-inflated, most of the car’s weight is concentrated on the tread that’s located just under the sidewalls, rather than being spread out evenly across the full width of the tire. This means that as the tire rolls, the sidewall gets continually flexed (squished, if you will) and heats up. This affects both performance and safety. In addition to degrading the handling of the vehicle (via the mushy steering response courtesy of the flexing sidewalls), a tire that’s considerably low on air can blow out due to the stress from the heat buildup and the constant flexing of the sidewall.

A tire with a scalped tread pattern on the tire will cause a grinding sound at speed over 45MPH. This tire condition is caused by a combination of worn struts or shocks and or tire imbalance. If a tire is controlled unevenly the tire will vibrate causing the tread to contact the ground inconsistently. This inconsistent contact with the road causes the tire tread to wear unevenly. To check for this condition (called ―cupping‖ – example on the right) take your hand and pass it over the tire tread, it should be smooth. If high and low points exist the tire is cupped and needs to be rotated or replaced depending on the severity of the cupping condition.

Get Problems Checked Out Sooner Rather Than Later

This is like saying “Don’t let a cold turn into pneumonia.” If you have a small problem with your car, get it checked out sooner rather than later.

For example, a torn CV boot is a common problem and a simple repair. Delay getting it fixed, though, and you’ll eventually end up by the side of the road, unable to drive and forced to fork over some additional money for a tow and a whole new axle.

That’s just one example. There are many other problems that start small but balloon into something much larger if they’re not addressed right away. Don’t believe in this theory? Talk to the secretary of the Treasury Department.

Above all, make sure your car is safe to drive!

If you have any doubts about such things as brakes, brake lines, ball joints, tie rods, airbags, seat belts or even the structural integrity of your car, get it checked out.

Remember: Even though you want your car to last a long time, you still want to outlive your car.

 

FAQS:

What does a car regular maintenance entails?

A Car Regular Maintenance entails changing regularly oil and filters for oil, fuel and air.

Who holds the Guinness world record for the most miles driven by a single owner in a noncommercial vehicle?

Irv Gordon, a 73-year-old retired science teacher with his 1966 Volvo P1800, holds the Guinness world record for the most miles driven by a single owner in a noncommercial vehicles with more than 2.99 million miles.

What is a cold engine?

A cold engine is one that is sat for more than five hours. on the odometer. 

What are the vital fluids/oil to change in a vehicle? 

The vital fluid/oil to change regularly are antifreeze,  brake, differential, transmission, and power-steering fluid/oil. 

 

Twin Transmission

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PDF Download – Money-Saving Vehicle Maintenance Guide for 2018!

 

In our last article, we talked about some of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck. When your transmission fails you or any problem causes you to pull off on the side of the road and call a tow truck from Twin Transmission to come and get you, you have put yourself in danger. With that in mind, read on below for a few more of the do’s and don’ts when waiting on a tow truck to come tow you to our shop, so that we can fix your transmission the right way.

DO Signal to Other Drivers You Aren’t Moving

Even if you are stranded during the day, you need to make sure and turn on your hazard lights. This is the best way for other motorists to see you and know that you aren’t moving. It will signal to other drivers that you aren’t moving and let them see you, especially at night.

DON’T Leave Your Stuff Unattended

If you don’t want your personal items to get stolen, then if you decide not to stay with your car, take them with you. This includes things like your purse, cell phone, insurance papers, and anything else that is important to you. Gather them with you and take them home. Making sure to take all your stuff with you will give you the peace of mind of knowing that your items are secure.

These are just a few more of the do’s and don’ts of waiting on a tow truck to come tow your car if you have car trouble. The best way to prevent this from happening to you is by making sure to bring your car into Twin Transmission for repairs if you think something is going on. In part three, we will go into a couple more do’s and don’ts. See you there!

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FAQs:

What to do when waiting for a tow truck?

Turn on your hazard lights. This will make you more visible to other drivers, especiall at night.

What shouldn`t I do when waiting for a tow truck?

Don`t leave your stuff unattended. Gather them with you and take them home. It will give you a piece of mind.

Who to call if my car transmission breaks down?

If you happen to be near Charlotte, call Twin Transmission and we can tow your car.

Can They Tow Your Car If You Are In It?

In many states, it is legal to tow a car with a driver in it.

 

Everything You Need to Know to Change Your Transmission Fluid

Keeping the fluids in your vehicle clean and full is an important aspect to keeping it healthy. Though your transmission shouldn’t ever need to have the fluid changed, there are some circumstance that may require it.

Check Fluid for Irregular Traits
A good transmission should have a reddish tint and be a little sweet smelling. If you find your transmission fluid is burnt smelling, a dark color or has metal shavings in it, it will need to be drained and changed out.

Refer to Manual
Every make and model is different. Therefore, if you find your transmission does need its fluid changed it is important to know what type of fluid your vehicle requires. The manual will also be able to tell you where your drain plug is. All transmission troubleshooting tips can be found in the manual as well.

Take Safety Precautions
Anytime you work on your vehicle you need to take certain precautions. Unless you are a serious mechanic all big repairs should be taken to a repair shop in your area. Though changing your transmission fluid might not seem like a big repair it is. If you feel that you are not equipped to handle the task or don’t have the right equipment such as jack stands and supports you can contact a transmission repair shop to help you.

Repair shops not only take the stress away from you doing it yourself, they also typically come with a warranty as well. You never know what could be wrong with your transmission once you get it all drained. Each symptom such as a burnt smell or metal shavings are caused by their own issues. Contact a transmission service in your area to get the best and easiest results. Twin Transmission can handle all your transmission fluid needs. Visit them today to make sure your transmission is working properly.

 

FAQs

How do I know a good transmission fluid?

A good transmission should have a reddish tint and be a little sweet smelling.

How do I know my transmission fluid is bad and needs changing?

If you find your transmission fluid is burnt smelling, a dark color or has metal shavings in it, it will need to be drained and changed out.

What circumstance may require transmission fluid to be changed?

Some circumstance that may require transmission fluid change includes Irregular Traits, Manual Reference, and Taking Safety Precautions.

Does every vehicle make use of the same transmission fluid?

Every make and model is different. Therefore, if you find your transmission does need its fluid changed it is important to know what type of fluid your vehicle requires.

 

 

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The Pros and Cons of Professional Transmission Repair

The transmission, whether automatic or standard is one of the most important aspects of your vehicle. Therefore, you should always make sure it is well cared for. One of the best ways to ensure that is getting the proper repairs is to go to a professional. It is understandable to weigh the options of hiring a profession compared to trying to do it yourself.

Cons

One of the first and foremost cons is the cost. More often than not people are choosing to try doing most repairs at home because of cost. When people find out how much a transmission rebuild is, they get worried. However, risking the repairs yourself can end up costing more ultimately.

We live in a world where everything and anything can be found on social media. This makes it hard to find a company with reviews you are satisfied with. One bad review can make you scared to go with a company. However, you have to keep in mind sometimes people just have a bad experience and try to ruin it for everyone else.
Pros

One of the best things about going to a profession transmission repairman is they warranty their work. Therefore, if the same thing happens to your transmission again, the repairs are already covered.

Time is precious. When you go to a repair shop you don’t have to take time away from your family or your work. Not only does taking your transmission to a repair shop allow you time to do the things you love, but they can also get it done faster as well. After all, this is what they do every day, all day. They know the fastest ways to get your car back and the most effective ways.
The decision is yours and you should always weigh the pros and cons in these situations. However, take into considerations your mechanical knowledge and your budget while making up your mind. Twin Transmission offers a 1-3-year warranty for your transmission needs. Contact them today to get back moving.

 

FAQs

What is the best way to ensure I get proper Transmission Repair?

The best way to ensure getting proper repairs is to go to a professional. It is understandable to weigh the options of hiring a profession compared to trying to do it yourself.

What are the major cons of Professional Transmission Repair?

One of the first and foremost cons is the cost. More often than not people are choosing to try doing most repairs at home because of cost. However, risking the repairs yourself can end up costing more ultimately.

What are the best Pros about using a Professional Transmission Repair?

One of the best things about going to a profession transmission repairman is they warranty their work. Therefore, if the same thing happens to your transmission again, the repairs are already covered.

 

 

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Tips for Choosing a Transmission Repair Specialist

Tips for Choosing a Transmission Repair Specialist

Your vehicle is made up of three major components, the motor, transmission, and the rear end. If one of these goes out your vehicle can be at a standstill. Therefore, you need to find a specialist. But, how do you go about finding the right person to repair something like your transmission? Below are some tips.

Ask your friends

In the automotive world, word of mouth means a lot. Chances are some of your friends or family members have had their transmissions worked on at one point in time. Ask them for referrals as well as who to stay away from. If they don’t have any suggestions, maybe they know someone who does. Referrals are often the best way for you to feel comfortable about being treated right.

Social media and review sites also help a lot when trying to find a trustworthy company. People often leave reviews on these sites to help you know how they have treated customers in the past. Once you get a few ideas on who you might go to, start calling around.

Talk to the Shop

You never truly know what you are getting into. First off, you want to avoid places that seem too cheap. Yes, you don’t want to spend an arm and a leg, but you have to remember you get what you pay for. Therefore, it is always best to go with someone who isn’t extremely cheap or overly expensive, the middle is just right.

See if they offer anything that might help you save money. People have learned in the past that the companies who don’t nickel and dime you are often the best ones to go to. Many shops will offer free estimates and some will even offer free towing if your car is stranded and unable to make it to the shop.

Twin Transmission offers both free estimates and free towing. If you want a trustworthy repairman with the experience you need, visit them today.

 

FAQs

What are the three major components in a vehicle?

Every vehicle is made up of three major components, the motor, transmission, and the rear end. If one of these goes out your vehicle can be at a standstill.

How do I go about finding the right person for repairs like your transmission repairs?

The two best tips for finding the right person for vehicle repairs include Asking your friends and Talking to the Repair Shop directly.

Which is the best way to find a suitable person for vehicle repairs?

Referrals are often the best way for you to feel comfortable about being treated right. Referrals could be from social media, word of mouth and review sites also help a lot when trying to find a trustworthy company.

How do I know a repair shop is right for my vehicle repairs?

First off, you want to avoid places that seem too cheap. Therefore, it is always best to go with someone who isn’t extremely cheap or overly expensive, the middle is just right.

 

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Top Signs Your Transmission Maybe Leaking

Signs that You Need a New Transmission

When it comes to your transmission there are some tell-tell signs that something is wrong. However, each sign has its own issues and it takes an experienced transmission service center to be able to diagnose and fix the issue. Below are a few signs that can let you know that your transmission is about to bite the dust.

Slipping

This is one of the easiest signs to notice. It often is the start of transmission issues and if left unattended it can cause you to need a new transmission. Automatic transmissions are the ones that start slipping the most. You will notice your transmission slipping when you are driving and it “slips” into a different gear for no reason. A slipping transmission can also have a whining noise or a change in pitch.

Fluid Leaks

Your transmission is the part of your car that should never leak or go through any fluid. Unlike most car parts the transmission uses the same fluid over and over unless there is an issue. Therefore, if you see a puddle under the middle of your vehicle there is a chance that it could be transmission fluid. This fluid is reddish in color and has a sweet smell to it. However, if it is leaking there is a chance there is something wrong with it. In this case, it can smell burnt and even be dark in color. Transmission fluid is a key component to keeping the transmission cool. If you find your car leaking fluid get to a repairman as soon as possible.

Check Engine Light

Believe it or not, the check engine light could be due to your transmission. If you find your light is on and you are unsure why stop by your local transmission shop. They have the tools needed to check the codes and see if it is transmission related.

Twin Transmission can assist you with all your transmission needs. Visit them today for the experience you need.

 

FAQs

What are the major signs that I Need a New Transmission?

The major signs that can let you know include Slipping, Fluid Leaks, and Check Engine Light signs.

What is the easiest sign to detect transmission issues?

Slipping transmission is one of the easiest signs to notice. It often is the start of transmission issues and if left unattended it can cause you to need a new transmission. Automatic transmissions are the ones that start slipping the most.

What is a slipping transmission?

A slipping transmission is when you are driving and your gear “slips” into a different gear for no reason.

What to do if you notice Fluid Leaks from transmission?

Transmission fluid is a key component to keeping the transmission cool. If you find your car leaking fluid get to a repairman as soon as possible.

What to do if you notice Check Engine Light is ON?

The check engine light could be due to your transmission. If you find your light is on and you are unsure why stop by your local transmission shop. They have the tools needed to check the codes and see if it is transmission related.

 

 

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Top Reasons Why DIY Transmission Rebuild is a Bad Idea

If your car breaks down, is it a good idea to take it into your garage and rebuild your transmission by yourself, instead of taking your car to a transmission mechanic, an expert who deals with the transmission on a daily basis? According to most expert opinions, rebuilding the transmission on your own is not the brightest of ideas, but if you know a thing or two about transmissions, nobody is stopping you from giving it a shot. Still, the ideal solution would be to take your car to a mechanic, especially if you’re a noob.

A DIY transmission rebuild is a bad idea because the modern vehicles of today often incorporate the use of automatic transmissions that are significantly more difficult to deal with as compared to those old manual transmissions. So if you think you know about transmissions, ask yourself whether automatic transmissions are a piece of cake for you or not. If you’re thinking right now that your ‘transmission knowledge’ is failing you, there’s still time to take your car to its dentist.

Another important thing to consider before you start messing with your transmission system is that if you’re working on your own, you’re really on your own. A DIY rebuild comes with no warranty, so if your car gets blown out in the process, tough luck. However, if you show your car to the transmission expert, he’ll solve everything out for you for some cash and might even offer you a warranty saying that if the car causes problems in the following week or two, he’d be more than happy to deal with your car, this time without charging you at all. So yeah, there’s that advantage of heading over to your mechanic right now and get your transmission rebuild under his supervision. For more information, contact Twin Charlotte today.

 

FAQs

Why is DIY Transmission Rebuild a Bad Idea?

According to expert, rebuilding the transmission on your own is not the brightest of ideas, but if you know a thing or two about transmissions, you can give it a shot. Still, the ideal solution would be to take your car to a mechanic.

Is DIY transmission rebuild a bad idea for modern vehicles?

A DIY transmission rebuild is a bad idea because the modern vehicles of today often incorporate the use of automatic transmissions that are significantly more difficult to deal with as compared to those old manual transmissions.

What is the advantage of heading over to a trusted mechanic for your transmission rebuild?

A transmission expert will solve everything out for you and might offer a warranty to get you covered.

 

 

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The Pros and Cons of a Transmission Rebuild

The Pros and Cons of a Transmission Rebuild

If your transmission breaks down, you’re confronted with three choices. You can either choose to repair it, replace it or rebuild it entirely. As far as repairing is concerned, that’s not a very good idea because you might end up spending a lot of dollars in the long run when additional repairs come into the equation.

It’s much better to rebuild your transmission since it’s much more of a cost-effective solution for you. There are some advantages as well as disadvantages associated with a transmission rebuild.

First of all, you’ll save a lot of time. Running back and forth to the shop won’t be the kind of thing if you go for a transmission rebuild. Now even though, you will be without your car for some time which is a hassle, at least you won’t be waiting as long as when you’d have opted for getting your car’s transmission replaced instead. A new transmission rebuild can take a couple of days for an average transmission mechanic, while transmission replacement can take up to a week at least.

Secondly, transmission rebuild will save a lot of dollars for you. It’s much less expensive than its counterpart. In general, rebuilding the transmission costs about the half you’d have to pay if you chose for a transmission replacement.

There are some disadvantages to transmission rebuild as well. One is that transmission rebuild does not restore your transmission to a new level. Obviously, it’s a rebuild, so it has some internal parts that are depreciated and will have to be changed sooner or later. Once these internal parts wear out, you’ll have to head back to the transmission shop once again. Even though transmission rebuild is a cost-effective solution, but it does not always work and certainly depends on the specific situation of the user. Contact Twin Charlotte for your rebuild today.

 

FAQs

What to do if your transmission breaks down?

If your transmission breaks down, you’re confronted with three choices. You can either choose to repair it, replace it or rebuild it entirely.

Is the option of repairing my transmission when it breaks down a good idea?

As far as repairing is concerned, that’s not a very good idea because you might end up spending a lot of dollars in the long run when additional repairs come into the equation.

What is the best option to go for when my transmission breaks down?

It’s much better to rebuild your transmission since it’s much more of a cost-effective solution for you.

What are the PROs of having my transmission rebuilt?

The PROs of having your transmission rebuilt includes saving a lot of time and cost.

What are the CONs of having my transmission rebuilt?

Even though transmission rebuild is a cost-effective solution, it does not restore your transmission to a new level. It has some internal parts that are depreciated and will have to be changed sooner or later.

 

 

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Tips for Avoiding a Transmission Breakdown

Tips for Avoiding a Transmission Breakdown

When your stomach starts to ache for no apparent reason, what’s the first thing that you do? Yeah, that’s right; you try to remember what the hell you gulped down your throat the last time you ate. That’s the same kind of thinking that plays out when your car’s transmission breaks down. You try figuring out how did this happen to your car and often at times, fail to identify the real problem in the complex machine that is your car.

But before you confront this difficult situation, it is better that you take precautions so that you wouldn’t have to face an unexpected transmission breakdown in the middle of a journey. Maintenance and keeping a check on your vehicle is the key to avoid a potential breakdown. In this article, you’ll find some tips that will help you take effective measures to prevent your car from a stomach-ache.

The first thing you need to do as a responsible car owner is to keep a check on the transmission fluid level on a regular basis. This will give you an idea of how long is it before you expect your car’s transmission to break down. In general, it’s best to check the fluid after your car has traveled every 1600 kilometers. The fluid should ideally be changed after a total mileage of 80,000 kilometers. It’s also important to use the right kind of fluid to keep your car up and running. Some fluids are more expensive, but they’re better able to protect your car’s transmission; so why not spend some extra dollars to take care of your car.

The second thing you must do is not to overfill your transmission thinking that it’ll help your car, it’ll not. Overfilling can cause the fluid to foam which can result in erratic shifting and poor lubrication and hence, transmission damage.

Lastly, ensure that you install an auxiliary cooler which will save your car’s transmission from excess heat because heat is a serious enemy to transmission’s health. This initial investment can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run. Contact Twin Charlotte today for more information.

 

FAQs

What are the top tips for Avoiding a potential Transmission breakdown?

Maintenance and keeping a check on your vehicle is the key to avoid a potential breakdown.

What is the first thing to regularly check to Avoid a potential Transmission breakdown?

The first thing you need is to keep a regular check on the transmission fluid level. This will give you an idea of how long is it before you expect your car’s transmission to break down.

When is the best time to change Transmission fluid?

In general, it’s best to check the fluid after your car has traveled every 1600 kilometers.

Why is it wrong to overfill your transmission fluid level?

Overfilling can cause the fluid to foam which can result in erratic shifting and poor lubrication and hence, transmission damage.

What other tips are important to Avoiding a potential Transmission breakdown?

Ensure you install an auxiliary cooler which will save your car’s transmission from excess heat. This initial investment can save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

 

 

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