Manual Transmission Repair FAQs

April 25, 2023 | By Mister Transmission

Manual Transmission Repair FAQs

Learn all about manual transmission repair by reading the answers to some of the most frequently asked questions about the repairing of manual transmissions.

What’s The Difference Between A Manual Transmission And An Automatic Transmission?

Before getting into manual transmission repair specifically, let’s go over the most basic question. What exactly is a manual transmission? Since a strong majority of personal automobiles in Canada use automatic transmissions, many Canadian drivers are unsure of what a manual transmission is.

The key difference is that a manual transmission requires the driver to switch gears manually using a clutch pedal and gear shifter. An automatic transmission shifts these gears for you, so all you typically have to do is shift from park to drive or reverse. Manual transmissions require more work from the driver, but they also give you more control over the vehicle.

Do Manual Transmissions Require More Repairs?

No. Automatic, manual and continuously variable transmissions are very different from vehicle to vehicle. Some models of transmissions are better than others. Some types of driving are more taxing on transmissions than others. And luck plays a large factor, too. How much repair and maintenance your transmission will require depends on all these factors. Speaking very generally, manual transmissions typically require slightly less maintenance and repair than automatic transmissions.

What’s The Most Common Repair On A Manual Transmission?

It’s difficult to get hard numbers on this, but the most commonly required repair that’s unique to a manual transmission is probably a clutch replacement. Clutches can easily get burnt out or worn down. A faulty clutch can cause all sorts of problems in a manual transmission, from gear slippage to grinding and resistance when shifting gears. That’s why if you come to a transmission shop with a problem with your manual transmission, the technicians will often look at the clutch first.

Is Transmission Fluid Different In Manual Transmissions?

There’s perhaps no bigger cause of transmission problems than insufficient levels or quality of transmission fluid. All automatic transmissions use transmission fluid and some manual transmissions do, too. However, other manual transmission use hypoid gear oil, transmission oil, or regular motor oil. Your vehicle’s owner’s manual should specify the recommended type of oil or fluid for your transmission. If you can’t find your manual, you can come to Mister Transmission and our knowledgeable technicians can recommend the best oil/fluid to help you avoid needing transmission repairs.

Come To Mister Transmission For Manual Transmission Repair.

At Mister Transmission, we are transmission experts. If you suspect there’s an issue with your manual transmission, we can assess and repair it. Please get in touch with us today to schedule a manual transmission inspection, maintenance service, or repair.

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