When you hear the words “you need transmission repair,” it doesn’t exactly fill you with joy. Still, when your car is having transmission problems, there’s really no way around it. Finding a qualified repair shop specializing in transmissions will help you get back out on the road as quickly as possible. Keep reading to learn about the different types of transmission repair.
If you haven’t received a vehicle diagnosis yet, but think you may need transmission repair, you are likely noticing some of these tell-tale signs:
- Problems shifting gears
- Strange grinding, whining, clunking, or buzzing sounds coming from your vehicle
- Cloudy or burnt transmission fluid
- A burning smell
- Leaking transmission fluid
Once you notice these signs, it’s time to get professional transmission repair as soon as you can.
Your repair person will perform one of four different types of transmission repair, depending on the transmission your vehicle has. These include:
Automatic Transmission (AT)
This transmission type includes a torque converter, clutches or bands, and a planetary gearset that shifts automatically through the automobile’s forward gears. Some automatic transmissions allow the driver to use paddles or buttons on the gear selector or steering wheel to control upshifts and downshifts. Other automatic types limit what the driver can do—other than choosing neutral, forward, or reverse modes. Names for this transmission style include “autostick,” “shiftable automatic,” and “Tiptronic.”
Manual Transmission (MT)
When your vehicle has a manual transmission, you will select all gears by hand, using the clutch and a movable gear selector. Other names for this type of transmission include “standard transmission” and “stick shift.”
Automated Manual Transmission (AMT)
An automated manual transmission is like an MT in that the driver uses a clutch, but the driver doesn’t control the clutch with a pedal—it’s automatic using hydraulic, electronic, or pneumatic controls. This transmission type gives the driver fully automatic manual shifts or forward gear shifts through steering-wheel buttons or paddles or through a gear selector. Other names for AMT include “direct shift gearbox” or “sequential manual gearbox.”
Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT)
Unlike the conventional stepped gear ratios, a CVT has a continuously variable drive ratio. It also uses pulleys, belts, and sensors instead of gears to give the driver a smooth, steady acceleration curve free of gear change pauses. Due to this setup, the CVT engine stays in an optimal power range. This increases gas mileage and overall efficiency.
Looking for affordable and reliable transmission repair? Reach out to the trusted team at Guardian Transmission Repair. We bring over 50 years of combined experience and serve customers in Sandy Springs, Woodstock, Marietta, and the surrounding communities. Whatever types of transmission repair you need, contact the friendly team of experts at Guardian Transmission Repair today to schedule your multi-point inspection.