Manual Transmission System : The Facts

We have already looked into how an automatic system works in this detailed post, so now learn more about the inner workings of a manual transmisson system.

The overall manual drive train consists of a clutch and manual transmission.

The clutch is usually composed of a flywheel, disc and pressure plate. The clutch is attached to the crankshaft . Technically speaking,when the clutch is engaged it causes the disc to contact the pressure plate and flywheel. When all of the inner workings have pressure against them, they spin together simultaneously on whatever gear you have selected, which in turn sends power to the manual transmission system. When the clutch is not engaged, the engine spins on its own. Simply put, it means that the driver is able to manually select the gears for the vehicle.

The clutch can become worn over time due to the clutch discs wearing out and losing the ability to create friction when pressure is applied. This when you will find that your clutch may slip.

Slipping is when a vehicle will rev high but the speed stays the same. If you let a clutch slip for too long, it can cause the vehicle to no longer work as it should.

So, this is where we remind you, as always, that if you notice something wrong with your transmission, to seek out advice and a diagnosis AS SOON AS POSSIBLE.
Don’t let issues go unchecked, because we all know that small issues can very quickly turn into larger, more expensive ones.

Be sure to check out our post on the great manual versus automatic transmission debate, and get Steve’s opinion on the matter.

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