A healthy transmission is crucial for smooth operation
Getting power from your car’s engine to its wheels is the job of the transmission. The gears in the transmission help multiply the torque from the engine to get your vehicle started from a stop, and they reduce the engine speed needed to drive at highway speeds for less noise and fuel consumption. Transmissions come in automatic and manual varieties. Automatic transmissions contain planetary gear sets and hydraulically operated clutches, instead of the foot-pedal clutch found in a manual, to engage the gear that’s needed at any particular time. The hydraulic fluid, and the filter that keeps the fluid clean, are the only parts that need any regular maintenance.
The condition and lifespan of the clutch itself is dependent on how the driver uses it. A driver who doesn’t slip or ride the clutch can have it last 100,000 miles or more. Someone who rides their foot on the clutch pedal can overheat it, causing it to wear out prematurely. Replacing a burned out or worn clutch is a difficult job that should be handled by a dealer. The gearbox also contains a thick lubricating oil to keep heat and noise levels down, and this should be drained and replaced according to the recommended maintenance schedule.