Your vehicle’s transmission is the most difficult engine component to repair. Transmissions are notorious for being misdiagnosed, so avoid any trial-and-error service methods. In this article, we’ll examine the two main types of transmissions and explore options for both automatic and manual transmission service in Western, MA.
Manual transmissions require that the driver change gears by depressing a clutch pedal and using a stick shift. The clutch pedal connects the transmission to the engine, and the input shaft of the transmission turns at the same rpm as the engine. When a driver changes gears, the clutch pulls away from the transmission so that you can shift into a different gear and produce a different rpm value. A five-speed transmission applies one of five different gear ratios to the input shaft to produce a different rpm value at the output shaft.
An automatic transmission functions much the same way but with the help of automation. While a manual transmission locks and unlocks different sets of gears to achieve the various gear ratios needed in each shifting position, an automatic transmission uses the same set of gears to produce all of the different gear ratios. This technology, known as a planetary gearset, makes these gear combinations possible in an automatic transmission and requires less driver involvement to make it happen— i.e. no clutch pedal is needed or and no manual shifting is required.
At V&F, we strive to provide our customers with a well-rounded knowledge of all things automotive. Since 1988, our family-owned and operated service center has been providing top-quality auto repair services to Agawam, Feeding Hills, Southwick, West Springfield, and the surrounding Massachusetts communities.
We always encourage you to bring your transmission service needs to us first! Transmissions are notorious for being misdiagnosed so it’s best to avoid any trial-and-error service methods— you don’t have time to waste and neither do we! Often, a transmission repair, rebuild, or replacement will be performed when a simple transmission flush or maintenance service would have solved the issue. You can trust our full-service facility with all of your transmission needs and have complete confidence that you’re receiving an accurate diagnosis.
Our team has the skills and automotive experience needed to provide quality transmission service. If your car needs maintenance or repair, call us at (413)314-2280 or schedule an appointment online.