As a top transmission shop, we service every type of automobile transmission. As such, we have a lot of experience with the different types of transmissions in the industry. So no matter what type of vehicle you have, Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions can help.
There are 4 different types of transmissions the average consumer will see. Some of which you probably have more experience with than others. Here are the different types of transmissions on the market and the pros and cons of each of them:
As the name suggests, this type of transmission changes gears automatically without any input from the driver. Your transmission does this for you automatically through the use of a variety of control systems. In older systems, the switch was fairly clunky between gears; modern systems provide almost seamless gear switches.
Advantages of Automatic Transmissions:
Disadvantage of Automatic Transmissions:
Also known as a standard transmission, this transmission uses a clutch to manually let the driver change gears.
Advantages of Manual Transmissions:
Disadvantages of Manual Transmissions:
You may have seen these of the newest vehicles out today. The semi-automatic transmission is a hybrid transmission which allows you to shift gears like a manual transmission but using paddles on the steering wheel. When you signal to shift up or down the transmission will automatically make this shift—so there’s no need for a foot pedal.
Advantages of Semi-Automatic Transmissions:
Disadvantages of Semi-Automatic Transmissions:
The continuously variable transmission (CVT) is increasingly found in smaller vehicles and hybrid. A CVT doesn’t use gears, but instead it uses belts and pulleys in a similar format. The pulleys can increase their diameter depending on the “gear” you need to be in to effectively keep your engine running at peak efficiency.
Advantages of CVTs:
Disadvantages of CVTs:
For more information on transmissions, or for help with identifying what type of transmission your vehicle has, get in touch with your Frederick, MD transmission shop, Ken’s Automotive & Transmissions, today! We can be reached by phone at 301-662-5100, or by filling out the contact us form on our website.
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