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Is Your Car Prepped for Winter Driving?

Tuesday, February 2, 2010   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Kelly Hilmer
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ATRA CEO Dennis Madden was quoted in a article entitled "Is Your Car Prepped for Winter Driving?" on Read the full article here:

Start your ride the right way
. A vehicle needs a few minutes of warm-up time before operating at optimal capacity. While some experts endorse a minute or two of ‘idle’ time, there’s an alternative option. "Drive slowly for the first few miles until engine and transmission reach normal operating temperature,” says Dennis Madden, CEO of the Automatic Transmission Rebuilders Association, an Oxnard, Calif.-based trade association that represents more than 2,300 mechanics and auto-shop owners. "Lower outside temperature reduces thickening engine fluids’ ability to lubricate. You should also avoid idling for extended periods. Aside from wasting fuel, many transmissions don’t create lube flow with the gear shift in "park,” so internal components could get damaged if they are spinning cold with no lube flow.”

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