What Transmission Do I Have?
The transmission is what sends power to the wheels so that your car can drive at any given speed. There are hundreds of different types of transmissions out there, based on what type of automobile you have. However, they all stem from the two most basic: a manual and an automatic.
You may be wondering what type of transmission you have. Below, our team at Ira Lexus of Manchester will go over exactly how to find the transmission. We’ll also dive into the differences between a manual and automatic transmission, and how you get yours looked at near Bedford, Manchester, or Merrimack today.
HOW TO FIND WHAT TRANSMISSION YOUR CAR HAS
You can try one of the following methods to decipher what type of transmission your vehicle has…
• Owner’s manual: It’s a good idea to check the owner’s manual first. It can either tell you what transmission you have, or it could refer to manual and automatic options.
• Under the hood: You could always look under the hood to find what type of transmission you have. Many automobiles have stickers that’ll indicate whether you have a 4, 6, HEMI, or another type of transmission.
• White card on driver’s door: If you open the driver’s side door, you’ll see a white card with small black lettering on it. This will tell you things like the year the car was made, the engine it’s equipped with, and the transmission that it has.
• Oil pan: Additionally, you could lift the hood and find the oil pan. Some manufacturers make the oil pan a certain shape to differentiate what type of transmission it has. For an automatic transmission, the pan has a shape comparable to the state of New Mexico. But, overall, if the pan’s shape looks a bit odd, then you probably have an automatic transmission.
If all else fails, you can always get the VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) and contact our dealership. One of our staff members can then type the VIN into our system to find the transmission. Or, you can bring the vehicle to our service center. A technician will inspect the transmission, tell you what type you have, and even make any repairs or replacements if need be.
TYPES OF TRANSMISSIONS
Different automobiles are equipped with different transmissions. The most common types of transmissions you’ll find in any given vehicle are:
• Automatic transmissions
• Manual transmissions
• Semi-automatic transmissions
• Continuously Variable Transmissions (CVT)
The automatic is the most common transmission on the road today. It uses a torque converter and clutches or bands to shift through a vehicle’s forward gears automatically. The control systems are managed electronically by the car’s computer rather than a clutch and gear shift. All you have to do is set the car from park to drive and the transmission will do the rest.
The manual is the oldest type of transmission. While not commonly found in most modern automobiles, it’s still used in some. It’ll manually shift a gear selector mechanism that’ll disengage one gear and select another. While there’s a learning curve to operate a manual transmission, it’s reliable and relatively easy to maintain and repair.
A semi-automatic transmission is a hybrid between a manual and an automatic. It’s similar to a manual transmission in that gears are changed via a simple shifter or paddles behind the steering wheel. However, unlike a manual transmission, there’s no need to operate a clutch pedal.
CONTINUOUSLY VARIABLE TRANSMISSIONS
A Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) doesn’t use gears. Instead, it relies on a metal or rubber belt running over pulleys to vary the effective diameters. One pulley will increase its effective diameter while the other will decrease it by the same amount. The process is comparable to the effect produced when gears of different diameters are engaged.
GETTING A TRANSMISSION REPAIR OR REPLACEMENT
Whether your vehicle has a manual or an automatic transmission, it should last for a long time. However, there are signs that’ll indicate when a repair or replacement is needed.
For instance, if you have problem shifting gears, whether there’s hesitation or falling out of gear while driving, then the transmission may be failing.
You might hear strange noises, like whining, buzzing, or even clunking. It could even get excessively loud when in neutral. If that’s the case, then you’ll want to have the transmission looked at as soon as possible.
Furthermore, an issue with the transmission fluid could lead to bigger problems with the transmission. The fluid is what keeps the moving parts lubricated and cool. It’s normally bright red in color with a distinct sweet smell. If the fluid appears dark and opaque, or if it looks or smells burnt, then the transmission will need to be looked at before it possibly breaks down.
SCHEDULE TRANSMISSION SERVICE TODAY
If you have any questions about the transmission in your car, then CONTACT THE AUTO EXPERTS at Ira Lexus of Manchester. We can also take a look at the transmission if any issues arise, and have you back on the roads of Bedford, Manchester, and Merrimack before you know it.