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Transmission Repair Cost
Manual and Automatic Transmission
What is better? Manual or automatic? How do they work?
Manual transmissions cost less than automatics to begin with. When you go to a car dealer you will notice that the stick-shift version of the same model is cheaper.
Any mechanic can tell you that working on a manual transmission is much easier than working with automatic gear boxes. So the repair costs for automatics are significantly higher.
Manuals – if properly operated – will go hundreds of thousands of miles without problems. The lubricant needs to be replaced periodically but not as frequently as in automatics.
Standards are harder to drive. Shifting while keeping your hand and eyes on the road seems to be harder for some individuals, while others seem to enjoy the shifting.
Manual gear shift
The main difference in operating a car with a stick shift vs. one with automatic transmission is that you need to shift gears based on the vehicle’s speed and this requires the use of the clutch pedal and the gear shift (stick). When the clutch pedal is depressed the clutch is disengaged – the engine and the transmission is separated. Gears can be selected at this time or the car can be stopped without stalling.
It’s not depressing the clutch pedal that takes practice – releasing it requires practice to ensure a smooth start and gradual transition between gears once the vehicle is in motion. If the clutch pedal is not properly used the car will jump and often stall. Learning to control the clutch pedal is the single most frightening part of driving standards and many people become discouraged after a few unsuccessful trials.
Automatics also have a clutch except instead of a clutch pedal a torque converter is used to separate the engine from the transmission – and it all happens automatically without the need of driver input.