How Transmission Gear Ratios Work

By Mister Transmission

Most mechanical devices with spinning parts need gears. How interlocking gears work together can directly impact your car’s performance

You don’t need to have a degree in mechanical engineering to understand how transmission gear ratios work. Simply, a gear ratio is the relationship between two or more interlocking gears and their rotational speeds. The gear train is the system that mounts and interlocks the teeth of the gears.

Without getting too technical, the pinion gear receives rotational force directly from the engine, and when it spins, it causes the spur gear to turn. Together, these gears transfer power to your car’s drive axle. Why should that matter to the average motorist? Because the gears and your vehicle’s transmission ratio is what affects how your vehicle performs.

If you’re experiencing delayed engagement with your transmission when you drive, it’s possible your transmission gear ratio needs to be adjusted, or dirt and grit could be negatively impacting your gears.

Monitoring the Health of Your Transmission

Identifying potential transmission problems before they erupt into a full-blown malfunction can help you keep your vehicle performing optimally, and save you money.

Whether there’s water in your transmission or one of several other possible problems, regular preventative maintenance and following recommended best practices for the upkeep of your vehicle is your best defence.

If you have a question about your transmission or want to book a service appointment, contact the Mister Transmission service centre nearest to you.

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