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Transmissions

It doesn’t matter if you have a manual or automatic transmission; they both do the same thing. Transmissions, or gearboxes depending on where you’re from, provide a reverse gear and mechanical advantage to the engine’s power output. Your engine works …

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Manual Transmissions

Manual Transmissions

Manual transmissions, or, as they are sometimes called, standard transmissions, use an operator-activated clutch assembly and gear selector lever to change gears.

The operator is in complete control of the gear selected, and when that gear is selected. This is …

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Clutch

Manual Transmissions

Clutches

The clutch is the assembly that engages and disengages the manual transmission from the flywheel. The clutch assembly consists of three main parts: the clutch disc, the pressure plate, and the throwout bearing.

 

Configurations of the clutch assemblies might …

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Manual Transmissions

Diagnosing Clutch Problems

You might notice that your engine just doesn’t have the power it used to. You might even notice that you have a surging or skipping in higher gears. You also might notice that the RPMs go way up when you …

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Manual Transmissions

Clutch Adjustments

If you have the above symptoms, you might not have a bad clutch. Some clutches have mechanical linkage that needs to be adjusted periodically in order to maintain proper clutch operation. This linkage often involves either a cable or mechanical …

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master cylinder and slave cylinder

Manual Transmissions

Hydraulically Operated Clutches

In addition to mechanical linkage, clutches can also be controlled by hydraulics. These systems use a master cylinder and slave cylinder to engage and disengage the clutch assembly.

 

The principal is the same as your brakes. When you apply …

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Manual Transmissions

Hydraulic Clutch Problems

There is one issue that hydraulic clutches have that mechanical ones don’t: leakage. If you find any leakage in a hydraulic clutch setup, you need to repair it. Once enough fluid leaks out, you will no longer be able to …

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Manual Transmissions

Solving Manual Transmission Problems

If you know that you don’t have a clutch issue and you’re still having issues with your manual transmission’s shifting, you might have an internal issue with your manual transmission. There are a few things you want to check before …

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Manual Transmissions

Honda Manual Transmission Tips

I know Hondas better than just about anything, so they get their own section here. As for fluid, I know that the Honda manual says you can used 5W30 or 10W30 motor oil in their transmissions. I do not recommend …

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