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A Vanishing Breed: Manual Transmissions and Transmission Repair in Mesa

Friday, July 13th, 2018

As your transmission repair shop in Mesa, we know that stick shifts are a vanishing breed where American cars are concerned, but they are still around…

Manual transmissions need transmission repair too | (480) 447-2727

Manual transmissions need transmission repair too | (480) 447-2727

Manual Transmission Repair is Still a Thing

In the US at least, manual transmissions are starting to fade away.  Part of the reason is simple economics.  It is far cheaper to tool a factory for only type of vehicle as opposed to two different transmission types.  Does that mean that there aren’t any manual transmission cars anymore?  Not at all.

For example, some consumers will often choose a stick shift to knock a bit off of the cost of a new car, or if the vehicle is sold in Asia or Europe, there are far more manual transmissions than automatic.  Some younger drivers in the US don’t even know how to drive a stick shift since they were raised on automatic transmissions.

Part of it is a mindset.  Americans like things to be convenient, and because most of our population lives near major population centers, most people just want to shift their vehicle and drive.  They don’t want to be gearing up or down.  However, to give you an idea of how popular and how influential manual transmissions are, some vehicles with automatic transmissions have features that imitate the performance of manual transmissions for the discerning driver.

Automatic Transmission or Not?

Toyotas and Nissans for example have a component in their transmission called a sport drive.  In a way, it’s kind of like a booster.  It’s similar to gearing your car up.  It’s a tieback to Nissan and Toyota’s early days when they were largely sports cars.  A lot of Japanese cars including Nissan and Toyota even have a gear shift that at first glance looks like an automatic transmission.  However, even though they are similar to a manual transmission, they are most definitely not manual transmission vehicles.  They have a complex and complicated automatic transmission installed as a result, they need automatic transmission repair.

How can you tell?  Well, first off, a manual transmission is all numbers except for R which stands for Reverse.  Otherwise, it’s 1-2-3-4.  Another way to tell?  Count the pedals.  An automatic transmission vehicle will only have two pedals: the brake and the gas.  A manual transmission will have three pedals: the clutch, the gas, and the brake.  Manual transmissions are starting to fade, and become classic cars.  So if you have a manual transmission, get it fixed the right way.  Go to a transmission repair shop in Mesa.

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