What Exactly Does the Transmission Do?

You hear about the transmission in your car all the time, but how much do you really know about it? Sure, you can say you know that your car needs it to function. But, the more you know about what it really does and how it works for your car, the better. That way, should you encounter transmission problems, you can make better sense of whatever the mechanic may tell you about the problem being encountered. Here are some important things to know when it comes to your car’s transmission.

  1. Makes the Car Go Backwards and Forwards

While your engine does play a part in the movement of your car, your transmission does as well. There is a large amount of torque power that is necessary to first get a car moving, be it backwards or forwards. The transmission creates the right amount of torque to make this type of movement possible, which also reduces the amount of energy actually required to create the movement.

  1. Multiplies Turning Power of Engine

The turning power of an engine is what helps your car to accelerate when you are driving. The turning power is multiplied different depending on the type of car you have, as both automatic and manual cars are connected to the transmission differently. With automatic cars, the torque converter is what helps to multiply the turning power in the car. Manual cars, on the other hand, multiply the turning power through the clutch, that connects the car to the transmission.

  1. Helps With Gas Mileage and Engine Efficiency

One of the primary functions of your car’s transmission is to provide you with the best engine efficiency it possibly can. They do this by working to lower fuel consumption of the car, while also providing the highest possible performance, or torque. Before, manual car transmissions provided the greatest efficiency and gas mileage. However, over time, automatic transmissions have grown, changed and become fairly equal to the efficiency of transmissions in manual cars. This is due in large part to the creation of the torque converter, which serves the same function as the clutch of manual cars.

  1. What That Means for You

Because of how important the transmission is to the working of your car, it is crucial that you take proper care of it. Learn from your trusted mechanic what it is you have to be on the look out for when it comes to a transmission that is not working properly. Things such as a slipping transmission are possible and incredibly dangerous, if not properly handled.

Hope you have learned more about what your transmission is really doing for your car! It is an extremely important and impressive piece of machinery that does a lot more than most people realize. Now that you know, you should hopefully have a higher appreciation for your car, and the people that help to keep it running smoothly for you. Because as easy as these functions may seem, it is a complicated piece!

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