Most people know that there are two types of vehicles when it comes to transmission, manual and automatic. But, did you know that there is a different way to care for your vehicle based on the type of transmission you have? Know the Difference Between Manual and Automatic A manual transmission vehicle is easy to spot. The first thing to look for is that there are three pedals. The clutch is all the way to the left, and then you also have your brake and your gas pedals. An automatic vehicle only has the brake and the gas pedals. Another way to identify if a car is automatic or manual is the gear shifter. A manual has the inscription (pictured right), R, 1,2,3,4,5,6, whereas an automatic will say, PRNDL, for park, reverse, neutral, drive, and low gear. Fluid Change Maintenance: Automatic vs. Manual Transmission The main difference in maintenance between an automatic vehicle and a manual is how you keep up with transmission fluid. Automatic Transmission Fluid If you have an automatic,
There are many preventable issues that people experience with their vehicles. People often dont know why the problem has occurred, and they dont know that there are steps they can take to prevent these issues. The Five Most Common and Preventable Auto Repairs: Engine Failure Engine failure is one of the most expensive repairs or replaces that we see with vehicles. However, many times, engine failure can be prevented with simple routine maintenance like oils changes. Change the oil in your vehicle every three to five thousand miles. In your vehicles manual, the manufacturer will give you a suggested timeline for oil changes, but we suggest you shorten that time by 20 to 30 percent. The manufacturer doesnt want your engine to last forever so they can sell you more, but we want to see your engine last as long as possible! Oil changes are cheap; engine repairs are not! Transmission Failure Transmission failure is often caused by neglect, as well. Some of the manufacturers nowadays are
When it comes to transmission care, our certified technicians at Weber Automotive are the best around! Most of the time, you dont hear about transmission repairs because more often than not, most automotive shops do not know how to open up a transmission. However, Weber Automotive can, and we can usually repair your transmission at a fraction of the cost of replacing it with the other guys. What is a Transmission? The transmission is the part of your car which converts power from the engine, allowing gears to change, moving the wheels, making the car drive forward. Below you can see an image of an animated dissected transmission. Transmission Fluid Each manufacturer has their own recommendation for how often to change your transmission fluid. However, most manufacturers are now claiming that transmission fluid will be good for the life of the transmission. This is true, but pieces of clutch plates accumulate in the fluid, which causes it to wear seals, gaskets, and hoses over time.