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Auto Maintenance 101: What Is a Transmission?

Auto Maintenance 101: What Is a Transmission?

Did you know that going to a transmission repair shop for transmission maintenance every 3,000 miles can save you money and make your car more reliable? As it turns out, the transmission is one of the most important and expensive components under the hood of your car. To learn more about what a transmission is and how one should be maintained, read this article.

How a Transmission Works

The transmission is technically the most advanced component under the hood of your car. It is designed to transmit power from the engine to the drive axle, which in turn rotates the wheels and sets the vehicle into motion. Transmissions have a range of gear ratios, which allows them to alter the level of power and speed to the wheels. At low ranges, the transmission offers enhanced power but less speed. But at high ranges, the transmission reduces power but provides greater speed. This is how transmissions allow for a range of vehicle speeds while reducing the load on the engine and increasing fuel efficiency.

Types of Transmissions

There are two primary types of transmission: manual and automatic. The manual transmission has a clutch that connects the transmission to the engine via the clutch pedal, located next to the brake pedal. The automatic transmission, on the other hand, has a torque convertor that shifts gears automatically depending on the power input and speed of the vehicle. Some modern vehicles have a continuously variable transmission (CVT), which has an infinite range of gear ratios, or a dual-clutch automated transmission, which has two clutches to reduce power loss during shifting.

Transmission Maintenance

Visit a car transmission repair shop every 3,000 miles to have the transmission fluid and components inspected. If the fluid is dirty or running low, it can cause transmission damage that requires expensive repairs.

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