As automatic transmissions become more efficient, the demand for manual transmissions has decreased. However, manual transmission still hold a place and some people as a personal preference would choose the manual transmission over the automatic. Reasons for the continued use of manual transmission might be that they are less expensive to maintain, often times less expensive to repair and many believe more reliable with less moving parts.
With this said, there are fewer and fewer shops in the Hendersonville area who understand the older technology. As simplistic as they may seem, because of the lack of frequency in which shops work on manual transmissions, they often miss-diagnosed in which the customer spends money needlessly.
While we all correlate clutch to the manual transmission, it is not generally integral to the manual transmission itself. It is simply the point of connection between the engine and transmission. The clutch allows you to modulate this connection with your foot. It is what allows the engine to be running while the tires are stopped. Knowing all this, If the clutch is not operating properly, the transmission cannot operate properly. More times then not, there is where the misdiagnosis will happen. Someone will replace a transmission, when only a simple clutch adjustment or repair was needed.
Manual transmissions were the very first in existence and have evolved through many stages over the years. Today, they are used in every type of vehicle. Manual transmissions started off as three-speed and advanced to four, five, and even six-speed transmissions in cars. Trucks have advanced to transmissions with dual ranges from low to high in each gear by using two different-sized reduction drive gears.
Service intervals for manual transmissions & transaxle are 30,000 miles. Factory recommendations for service vary depending on vehicle make, model and fluid type, so consult the factory manual provided with your vehicle or call for specific details. Tow vehicles will require more frequent service.
Manual transmissions are designed to operate smoothly and efficiently. Although fairly basic in design, like with anything mechanical, there can be component failures. Most manual transmission problems start small and produce these types of symptoms:
1. Hard Shifting
2. Gear Noise
3. Gear Disengagement or Popping Out of Gear
4. Hard Clutch Pedal
5. Soft Clutch Pedal
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