Manual and Automatic Transmissions
The transmission in your car may not be the most important part but it certainly is integral to your car’s operation. The purpose of your gearbox is to convert engine power into torque in order to propel your vehicle forward. Each type of vehicle has a different type of transmission, according to the standards and specs of whichever company manufactured that vehicle. Also, depending on the type of vehicle you have, you may use either a manual or an automatic transmission.
Different Types of Gearboxes
Both manual and automatic transmissions can be found in a wealth of shapes, sizes and configurations, depending on their manufacturers. Manual transmissions, also known as stick shifts, use a driver-operated clutch which is engaged by a foot pedal for regulating torque transfer from the engine to the transmission. Most modern manual transmissions are fitted with a synchronised gearbox with gears that are always in mesh and rotating, although gears on one shaft can freely rotate or be locked to the shaft. Manual transmissions in cars are controlled by a gearshift or a shifter as it’s also known. Gear shifts can be mounted in three ways, floor mounted, console mounted and steering column mounted. The gear shift is connected to the transmission via linkage or cables.