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Understanding How Manual Transmissions Work

The assemblage of parts that enables a car to change gears and transmit power from the engine to a live wheel axle, the transmission is one of the most important parts of any vehicle. While all vehicle transmissions serve the same basic functions, manual transmissions work a bit differently than automatic and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) because they require more driver engagement. To get a feel for how manual transmissions work, take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about manual transmissions below.

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What Happens When I Change Gears?
When you move from first gear to second or from fourth to third, the transmission increases or decreases the gear ratio between your car’s engine and drive wheels. This keeps your car’s rpms low enough to prevent your engine from redlining. Switching to a new gear at the right time can also make your ride smoother and increase fuel efficiency.

What Does the Clutch Do?
The clutch connects and disconnects the engine to and from the transmission. Engaging the clutch disconnects the engine from the transmission so that your car can run even if it is idling in one place. Disengaging the clutch connects the two again so that the transmission can transmit power from your car’s engine to a live axle.

What Happens When I Put My Car into Reverse?
When you switch your car into reverse gear, it changes the direction in which the layshaft rotates. This signals to your wheels to spin in the opposite direction, enabling you to back up until you switch into a numbered gear.

If you drive a stick shift and you suspect that there is something wrong with your car’s transmission, arrange to have your car evaluated and serviced as soon as possible. To speak with a transmission repair expert in the Washington, D.C. area, call Superior Transmissions at (301) 358-6288. We are the D.C. area’s premier transmission repair and maintenance specialists.

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