Four Types of Transmissions
In the old days, there was one type of transmission available in every car. To drive, you needed to know how to drive manual. It took three pedals and a bit of know-how to operate correctly, but it was the only option. Today, there are multiple types of transmissions on the road. Let’s take a look at four of the most popular transmission types on the market!
Though they are getting increasingly rare, you can still buy cars with manual transmissions. In these transmissions, the driver must depress a clutch pedal to disengage the motor before shifting into a new gear by moving a lever connected to the transmission by a mechanical linkage.
Getting the most out of a manual transmission requires a skilled human operator. Because of this, manual transmissions are found mostly in high-performance cars, focused on delivering an enjoyable driving experience.
The best part about manual transmissions at that they are the least expensive to repair or replace. For those who are comfortable with driving manual, they may find it more engaging to drive.
The automatic is the most common transmission on the road today. In today’s automatic transmissions, a computer system determines when to shift gears. Drivers do not need the knowledge of knowing which gear to switch to, removing them from the decision-making process.
In the old days, automatic transmissions could not match the fuel economy of manual transmissions. However, today’s sophisticated models are every bit as efficient as even the best drivers.
Continuously Variable Transmission
In the continuously variable transmission or CVT, the gears are removed and replaced by a system of belts and pulleys. The system is infinitely variable. The computer continually makes adjustments to keep the engine running in its optimal power range. This delivers unparalleled fuel efficiency.
Over the next several years, CVT transmissions will likely start to outnumber their automatic counterparts.
These transmissions offer a driving experience similar to manual transmissions by allowing the driver to control when gears are shifted. Drivers connect to the transmission through an electronic system rather than mechanical. Many vehicles with semi-automatic transmissions have paddle shifters on the steering wheel, making any driver feel like a Formula One racer behind the wheel.
Unfortunately, these are quite expensive. High-end sports cars feature these systems, and come with high repair costs. Only driving enthusiasts are willing to pay the price for the performance and driving experience semi-automatic transmissions offer.
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Every type of transmission has advantages and disadvantages. Which is the best choice for you? It depends on what you’re driving and how you like to drive it. Driving skill and comfortability is also a large factor. The good news is that if you are in a situation where you have to choose on of the above, Trans Works can help. If you have any questions about your transmission, don’t hesitate to give us a call.