Car Transmissions 101 at Toyota of Muncie

September 22nd, 2017 by

When you choose a new Toyota car from Toyota of Muncie, you pick out much more than just the make and model. New Toyota vehicles are known for their different trim packages and configuration options, with one of these being transmission. Some drivers in Muncie, IN can get confused when it comes to the differences between automatic, manual, and continuously-variable transmission, which is why the experts at our Toyota service center are here to explain them.

Fully-automatic transmission: These days, fully-automatic transmission is the most popular type of transmission sold on new Toyota cars such as the 2018 Toyota Tundra. In this type of transmission, the hydraulically operated control systems are managed electronically by the vehicle’s computer instead of a clutch and gear stick. Advantages of fully-automatic transmission are its ease of use and comfortable driving experience, but its complexity means that it’s prone to failures and expensive to repair.

Manual transmission: Also known as stick shift, manual transmission vehicles change gears via a manually shifting gear selector mechanism that disengages one gear and selects another. Most new vehicles have five or six forward gears and one reverse gear. Manual transmission is connected to the engine via a clutch, which if disengaged, removes torque from the system. Drivers who don’t mind a high learning curve will love the advantages of manual transmission (toughness, reliability, and low cost of repairs).

Continuously-Variable Transmission: Instead of using gears as its means of producing various vehicle speeds at different engine speeds, this type of transmission relies on a rubber or metal belt running over pulleys. CVT provides better fuel efficiency, a comfortable ride, and stepless acceleration.

To see how each of these transmissions work on the road, come in for a test drive at Toyota of Muncie.

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