Having been one of the Florida collision centers in the Jacksonville area for a while, we’ve gotten used to people asking us all sorts of questions. Drivers ask us about the best way to replace their exterior and interior trim, the easiest way to fix a flat tire, and the quickest way to replace a headlight all the time, for example. Motorists often ask us what the difference is between modern transmissions as well.

Because that’s such a common inquiry, we thought it would be a good idea to discuss the transmissions you’ll typically see on modern cars. Here is a list of transmissions that many of today’s vehicles have and a brief explanation of each:

  • Manual Transmissions: As you can infer from their name, you have to manually change gears in an automobile that’s equipped with a manual transmission. Manual transmissions are connected to the engine by a clutch. Most of today’s manual transmissions have five or six forward gears and one for reversing. Some drivers strongly prefer having a manual transmission because they’re typically more robust and responsive than their automatic counterparts. This kind of transmission is also less expensive to repair and easier to service in most cases.
  • Automatic Transmissions: This kind of transmission is hydraulic and it’s managed electronically. Drivers select the gear they want to be in and then their transmission shifts gears automatically. Automatic transmissions are much easier to use than manual transmissions. While manual transmissions have long been known for their ability to handle high-torque loads, many of today’s automatic transmissions can go toe-to-toe with their manual counterparts when it comes to performance and fuel economy.
  • Continuously Variable Transmissions: Unlike manual and automatic transmissions, a continuously variable transmission doesn’t use gears to produce different vehicle speeds when the engine’s speed changes. Instead, this kind of transmission employs a rubber or metal belt that runs over pulleys that can change their effective diameters. The setup of a continuously variable transmission enables a vehicle to always run at its most efficient speed no matter what kind of load the automobile is carrying.

If you have questions about your transmission, give us a call or stop by our Jacksonville, FL collision center. If you can’t make it to our location today, contact Fields Collision Center Jacksonville to make an appointment to bring your car in another time. We look forward to seeing you soon!