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

 Manual Transmission Cutaway

The operator is in complete control of the gear selected, and when that gear is selected. This is what makes a manual transmission manual. Manual transmissions are often considered less complicated than their automatic counterparts; I would agree with that. It's much easier to repair a manual transmission than an automatic. Manual transmission issues can really be broken down into two parts: clutch problems and transmission problems. Finding out which one you have is the first step to your repair.