A Brief History
Louis-Rene Panhard and Emile Levassor are most often thought of as having invented the first manual transmission way back in 1894. It was a three speed and about as basic as you can get. That being said, most modern manufactures still base many of their designs on the theories and understanding of mechanics exhibited by Louis-Rene and Emile. That is not to say today’s cars are anywhere near as simple. It is important to rely on the services provided by Trans Works Transmissions to ensure everything is running correctly.
Pros of a Stick Shift Car
Only around 6.5% of all cars made today in the U.S. have a stick shift transmission. While it is (when driven correctly) more fuel efficient, there is always the challenge of knowing how and when to change gears. In relation, one of the pros of a manual transmission is that it so much fun to drive! It must have something to do with feeling you of having more control over what your vehicle is doing. Also, as there are less moving parts than an automatic transmission, cars equipped with them tend to cost less.
Cons of a Manual Transmission
On the other hand, one of the challenges when driving a stick shift is starting on a hill. It can be downright terrifying, like stalling at a stop light. Or the knee pain after driving in stop and go traffic.
Signs You Might Have Issues with Your Stick Shift Transmission
One of the first signs that your car may need some help is a lack of response when put into gear. In other words, your car may not want to go into gear or it may hesitate when in gear. Another sign may be a whining, clunking or humming sound coming from the gear box when driving. Think loud and or abrupt. Other signs to look out for include:
- A burning smell
- Refusing to go into gear
- Gears slipping
- Noisy transmission in neutral
This is by NO means an exhaustive list! When in doubt, it is always a good idea to have your car checked out by Trans Works Transmissions.