Your transmission is responsible for converting the energy generated in the engine into power usable by the wheels. If you have a damaged transmission, your engine will suffer damage from over working itself.
Transmission Repair – The Basics
A transmission system is made up of a number of different components. The transmission itself refers to the gearbox attached to engine that changes the speed and torque of the drive gears. The clutch is a component in the transmission system that lets different gears be selected without damaging the engine. In a manual transmission, a driver uses their left foot to engage the clutch before shifting gears. While engaging the clutch, the driver uses a gear selector (or stick shift) normally located near the console on the vehicle. In an automatic transmission (or slush-box as it is often referred to by racing enthusiasts), there is no clutch, and all the shifting is handled internally by a set of gears. In some cases, a semi-automatic transmission can be activated, allowing drivers to shift gear without having to use a clutch. Most automatic cars with a console shifter feature this, and cars that have shifting paddles on the steering wheel (sometimes known as flappy-paddle gearboxes) are also used to control semi-automatic shifting. Transmissions exist because of a shortfall with the combustion engine. An engine that is spinning too slow is inefficient, as it cannot build momentum from running. An engine spinning too fast is in danger of blowing apart. A transmission allows an engine to keep its optimal RPM (or Revolutions Per Minute, how often the engine’s gears rotate in one minute) while going faster or slower. Electric motors, by way of their design, do not require transmissions, and therefore do not shift gears or require transmission repair as often.
Transmission Repair – When Is It Time?
Depending on if you have an automatic or manual transmission, the symptoms of needed transmission repair may be different. In an automatic transmission, you might notice your vehicle accelerates for a long time before shifting gears. You may also notice leaks coming from near your engine when parked for a period of time. In a manual transmission, you may experience issues with your clutch. Difficulty engaging gears or remaining in gears is another symptom of manual transmission failure. Regardless of driving an automatic or manual transmission, listening for any issues in your transmission can also help identify the need for transmission repair. If you’re experiencing any of these symptoms, be sure to book quality service from your local Gary’s Automotive before the problem gets worse!