So, you’ve decided to get yourself a brand new car and you aren’t able to decide which transmission system you can choose – a manual one or an automatic one. Well, driving has probably become easier with the advanced technological inclusions in automatic transmission systems. But what about the problems with cars operated on automatic and Manual Transmissions? Now, we’ll take a look at the problems to understand which option is better placed to meet our requirements – Manual Transmissions or automatic ones.
Here are some of the common problems faced by cars using any of the transmissions:
Transmission fluid leakage, burning smell, or changing color of the fluid: This is something which you may have to face irrespective of the type of transmission your car uses. The procedure to check for any of the given abnormalities is the same; the only difference is in the reaction you get from your car after such a fault occurs. If you have a Manual Transmission, then a leakage may take a longer time to be detected than in case of an automatic transmission process. As the latter is quicker to respond, it sends a fault code if the situation goes even slightly beyond normal conditions and helps in taking timely actions. Thus, having automatic transmissions also help in preventing the situation from worsening, like a burnt smell that happens due to overheating of the transmission fuel.
Transmission Shifting Problems leading to transmission slipping If you haven’t checked your transmission fluid for a long time now and if you’re experiencing serious problems in shifting gears, accelerating or slowing down, then it’s probably the right time for you to get your automatic or manual transmission checked by a car mechanic. For Manual Transmissions, it’s important to check whether the connecting points between the gears stick and the clutch is lubricated properly; also if the mechanism needs to be repaired. For automatic transmissions, what you need to ensure is the transmission fluid level, fuel condition and also whether the solenoid valves are responding properly to the gear shift commands. Over here also, you will get a check engine light signal or even, a “failsafe” or “limp home” signal flashing from the dashboard.
Noisy and shaking drives, delayed drive or reverse or a sudden neutral condition when you’re trying to accelerate or slow down your car’s speed, are some of the other problems also.
Yes, it is a fact that in case of a severe damage, replacing a manual transmission system is more affordable than replacing an automatic one but at the same time, you may not be able to overlook one important advantage of automatic transmission – no manual gear shifts required.
All you need to do is to maintain and send your car for timely repair, and then just sit back, relax and enjoy a smooth drive!
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