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You might be wondering what the big deal is with the debate about types of transmissions, or put differently, lets look separately at a couple of aspects/angles prudent and relevant to this topic.
What are Automatic Transmissions?
Automated, mechanically pre-set, following a set of regular, repeated routines, steps and processes to ‘shift gears’ automatically, without manual intervention by the driver or manual ‘stick-shift’ gear changes. It does so by itself, on-demand as a function of its design and purpose. Accomplished through transmission fluid and components of the transmission and torque converter, individually and collectively working together to let the car ‘run’, handle and GO effectively, adjusting the power-levels and needs of the engine as required.
An illustrative example of an automatic transmission, cut-away model
Photo courtesy DaimlerChrysler
Manual Transmissions versus automatic transmissions?
Both manual transmissions and automatic transmission, effect and enable movement, momentum, effecting starting, stopping, accelerating, maintaining speed (faster/slower) and reversing of automobiles for example (in our case). Various components work closely together to make this process possible. There components are important individually and collectively to make the transmission (regardless of type) function optimally. Components like the flywheel, pressure plate, clutch plate, release bearing, control linkages and the transmission (manual in this listing case), to engage and disengage power from the engine and enable the abovementioned processes and outcomes.
Most people argue for manual transmissions and vehicles due to the enjoyment and empowerment they feel by the ‘control’, or hands on fun experience they have, shifting the gears by hand. Some still contest that the manual transmissions still have more of a sense of reality of drivability and driving skill – all in all - more FUN to drive. Others position their argument to say that they are cheaper to buy and maintain, and offer improved performance and fuel economy when compared to automatic transmissions. This might have rung true a while ago, but there are options in both camps that would appeal to any transmissions need, specification and/or budget, regardless of your own personal and/or our professional evidence or statement! There is a buying guide available online, that contains all the cars in North America available with manual transmissions. Some drivers, car owners and industry die-hards will continue to swear by the manual transmission for a while to come. What would be interesting though is to watch industry trends and innovative developments on the transmissions fronts with CVT
According to HOW STUFF WORKS (an online resource), there are two big differences between an automatic transmission and a manual transmission:
- There is no clutch pedal in an automatic transmission car.
- There is no gearshift in an automatic transmission car. Once you put the transmission into drive, everything else is automatic
But what exactly are Manual transmissions and why would some people still prefer them? (NOTE: we will spend a little more space here in a separate section, directly following below – it is however NOT a product we readily supply)