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How Manual Transmissions Work

By: · August 17, 2009

Transmissions can be a bit baffling. That’s understandable, since your vehicle’s transmission must convert the engine’s power (which is delivered over a fairly narrow range of rpm) into something usable at the drive wheels over a huge speed range. Strong pulling power must be available when accelerating away from a stop, yet the engine rpm must be at a comfortably low speed for efficient high-speed cruising. How does your transmission do that? Depending on the anticipated use and price point of a given vehicle, manufacturers draw on a wide assortment of technologies to fit each application. Knowledge is power, and the more you know about how your vehicle works, the better you can maintain and care for it. Let’s pop the clutch on the discussion, shall we?..


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