How does an automatic transmission work
There are two standard types of a transmission: automatic and manual. For the sake of keeping this short, we’re only going to discuss an automatic transmission, meaning the vehicle shifts into different gears for you. But let’s back up first. In order to answer the question how does an automatic transmission work, we need to define what a transmission actually is.
The transmission in your new vehicle is the machine within your vehicle that is a controlled-application power source. It is a group of parts that allows the vehicle to switch gears and gear trains to provide speed and torque from one power source to another. In this case, when you’re traveling down the highway and increase speed, your transmission is working hard to make sure you have enough speed and all of the gears are working properly at that speed. Without a working transmission, your vehicle simply would not run.
In an automatic transmission, there is no gear shifting on behalf of the driver. As soon as the driver puts the vehicle’s transmission into drive, everything else follows suit, which is one of the perks of an automatic transmission. All you have to worry about is getting to your final destination. Most people like this fact that driving is made very easy.
Some others, however, enjoy having a task while driving, such as shifting. Sometimes manual transmissions allow vehicles to speed up more quickly, too, but it comes down to personal preference.
The automatic transmission has a few more capabilities and defined range of gears than the manual transmission, including low speeds for parking lots. In addition to traditional automatic transmissions, like everything else, there are a number of variations of this type of transmission. For example, there is a continuously variable transmission and a semi-automatic transmission
For more information on your vehicle’s transmission, feel free to contact our service department and we’ be happy to help in any way we can.