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    The Benefits of Manual Transmissions

    Last updated 5 days ago

    Automatic and continuously variable transmissions are by far the norm among new cars, but 6.5% of cars in the United States are still sold with manual transmissions. That’s because drivers still know that manual transmissions come with a slew of benefits. Whether you are interested in learning how to drive a stick shift or deciding between a new car with a manual or automatic transmission, the following article on the benefits of manual transmissions should prove useful.

    Easier to Maintain
    Despite what you might think based on how they operate, manual transmissions tend to be much less complex than automatics. This means that fewer things go wrong in the first place, and that transmission repairs tend to be cheaper. On a manual transmission, the stick shift is the only repair item frequently seen, and that component usually doesn’t require changing for thousands of miles under ideal conditions.

    Better Fuel Economy
    Speaking of saving money, fuel economy is usually much better in cars with a stick shift. Power losses from the torque converter and hydraulic pump can rob an automatic-equipped car a small percentage of its fuel efficiency. That means that under some conditions, drivers can experience as much as 15 percent better fuel economy with manual transmissions.

    Better Sense of Control
    Last but not least, stick shifts are simply more fun to drive. Because the driver is charged with shifting the gears himself, driving a stick shift is more of an active experience compared to the passive experience of driving a car equipped with an automatic.

    If your car is equipped with a manual transmission, bring it to Superior Transmissions for all of your transmission service and repair needs. Our transmission shop serves the Metro D.C. area with the highest quality transmission maintenance and repair services. Call us today at (301) 358-6288 to schedule transmission service for your vehicle. 

    How Often Should You Change Your Transmission Fluid?

    Last updated 15 days ago

    The life of a new transmission fluid is dependent on operating temperatures, which are dependent on your vehicle, its state of repair, and how you drive it. If you have an older car, chances are that you should change your transmission fluid several times per year. Most new cars only require a change every 30,000 miles, which is less than once per year for most drivers.

    No matter what type of car you drive, it is important that you consult your owner’s manual and change your transmission fluid at least as often as the manual recommends. If your vehicle is due for a transmission fluid change and you would like to have your transmission checked while you are it, call Superior Transmissions at (301) 358-6288 to schedule an appointment with an experienced transmission specialist in the Washington, D.C. area. If your vehicle’s transmission needs to be repaired or replaced, it is better for you to know so that you can make arrangements for your transmission work before changing your transmission fluid.

    Understanding How Manual Transmissions Work

    Last updated 21 days ago

    The assemblage of parts that enables a car to change gears and transmit power from the engine to a live wheel axle, the transmission is one of the most important parts of any vehicle. While all vehicle transmissions serve the same basic functions, manual transmissions work a bit differently than automatic and continuously variable transmissions (CVT) because they require more driver engagement. To get a feel for how manual transmissions work, take a look at the answers to some frequently asked questions about manual transmissions below.

    What Happens When I Change Gears?
    When you move from first gear to second or from fourth to third, the transmission increases or decreases the gear ratio between your car’s engine and drive wheels. This keeps your car’s rpms low enough to prevent your engine from redlining. Switching to a new gear at the right time can also make your ride smoother and increase fuel efficiency.

    What Does the Clutch Do?
    The clutch connects and disconnects the engine to and from the transmission. Engaging the clutch disconnects the engine from the transmission so that your car can run even if it is idling in one place. Disengaging the clutch connects the two again so that the transmission can transmit power from your car’s engine to a live axle.

    What Happens When I Put My Car into Reverse?
    When you switch your car into reverse gear, it changes the direction in which the layshaft rotates. This signals to your wheels to spin in the opposite direction, enabling you to back up until you switch into a numbered gear.

    If you drive a stick shift and you suspect that there is something wrong with your car’s transmission, arrange to have your car evaluated and serviced as soon as possible. To speak with a transmission repair expert in the Washington, D.C. area, call Superior Transmissions at (301) 358-6288. We are the D.C. area’s premier transmission repair and maintenance specialists. 

    Checking Your Transmission Fluid

    Last updated 27 days ago

    Transmission fluid cools and lubricates a vehicle’s transmission. In some cars, it also provides the pressure that is necessary in order for the transmission to change gears. To learn how to check your vehicle’s transmission, watch this brief video clip.

    In order to determine whether or not your car has ample transmission fluid, the engine must be turned on. For safety purposes, your vehicle should be idling in park. Aside from ensuring that these two conditions are met, checking your transmission fluid is a matter of reading the transmission dipstick for fluid levels and assessing whether the fluid is dirty.

    Refer to your owner’s manual to determine how often you should change out your transmission fluid, but check it more frequently than that so that you can detect leaks should they occur. If you are experiencing transmission problems and do not believe that low transmission fluid levels or dirty fluid are to blame, call Superior Transmissions at (301) 358-6288. We proudly serve the greater Washington, D.C. area, and can service or repair both manual and automatic transmissions. 

    What is Downshifting?

    Last updated 1 month ago

    If you are learning to operate a manual transmission, there are some techniques you need to familiarize yourself with. Upshifting is important for accelerating, but downshifting is equally important for slowing down and preventing your vehicle from stalling. Whenever you let off the gas or apply the brake but do not bring your vehicle to a complete stop, you will need to downshift to match the engine’s RPM and speed.

    When learning to drive a stick shift, you will undoubtedly put a lot of wear and tear on your clutch. Fortunately, Superior Transmission is here to keep your manual transmission in tip-top shape. Visit our website to learn why we are the premier transmission maintenance and repair shop in Washington D.C., or call us at (301) 358-6288 to schedule a service appointment for your vehicle. 

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