What You Should Know About Manual Transmission Repair

October 7, 2022 | By Mister Transmission

What You Should Know About Manual Transmission Repair

Discover how manual transmission repair differs from automatic transmission repair and learn some key info about repairing and maintaining manual transmissions.

How Are Manual Transmissions Different From Automatic Transmissions?

Before we get into the details of manual transmission repair, it might help to discuss the fundamental differences between manual and automatic transmissions. In terms of operating the vehicle, the biggest difference is that a manual transmission vehicle requires the driver to shift gears themself. This involves using a clutch pedal and gear shifter to shift gears in order to achieve higher speeds. An automatic transmission does the shifting for you. Most vehicles in Canada have automatic transmissions.

Which Type Of Transmission Requires More Repairs?

Every vehicle is different and goes through unique experiences that affect what, and how many, repairs it will need. Generally, manual transmissions require fewer repairs than automatic transmissions do over the course of their lifespan. However, the difference is fairly marginal. Automatic transmission repair also takes a bit longer, on average. Automatic transmissions are more complex, so there’s more that can go wrong and more for technicians to inspect.

What Are The Most Common Manual Transmission Repairs?

A manual transmission component that often requires repair or replacement is the clutch. In manual transmissions, the clutch connects the engine to the transmission. It enables you to stop your vehicle without stopping the engine. Automatic transmissions don’t have a clutch. Instead, they use a torque converter, which is a type of fluid coupling.

Burnt out and damaged clutches are a common problem for manual transmissions. Clutches can also slip in manual transmissions. This means the engine revs, but the car doesn’t move as it should, or even not at all. A worn clutch can cause this, as can a clutch pedal that needs an adjustment, a rebuild, or to be replaced. Problems with the linkage or shifter assembly are fairly common in manual transmission, too. At Mister Transmission, our technicians will search for a maladjustment, as well as damaged rods, bushings, and shifter arms, when inspecting a manual transmission.

Do Manual Transmissions Use Transmission Fluid?

Insufficient levels or poor quality of transmission fluid is a common problem for transmissions. But many manual transmissions don’t use transmission fluid. What many people refer to as “transmission fluid” is technically automatic transmission fluid. Confusingly, some manual transmissions use automatic transmission fluid. Many others, though, require manual transmission oil, heavyweight hypoid gear oil, or regular motor oil. If you’re unsure which to use in your manual transmission, book a service with us at Mister Transmission and our technicians will help you figure it out.

Come To Mister Transmission For Manual Transmission Repair And Maintenance.

Please contact us to learn more about manual transmission repair and maintenance.

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Went there last Friday with my wife's Saturn Outlook. Brian was the technician that I spoke to. Brian was very honest and told me that I don't need to spend money for a transmission, he has made a few suggestions to me on the issue. Just want to say thank you Brian and the rest of your team for being honest tradesmen. Keep up the good work.
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