The transmission is one of the most important parts of your vehicle as it moves power from the engine to the wheels. Most transmissions are either manual or automatic and are mounted on the chassis in the front of your car. Here is how the transmission works.

For manual transmissions, drivers must use the clutch pedal and manually select the proper gear. This transmission type uses a flywheel and pressure plate along with the clutch to engage and disengage the engine from the transmission and move the vehicle forward. Manual transmission types include dual-clutch, single-clutch, unsynchronized, synchronized, and AMT.

Automatic transmissions are more common in vehicles at Fred Beans Chevrolet in Doylestown, PA. These transmissions don't rely on a clutch but use a torque converter to change gears. Most larger cars and trucks have traditional automatic transmissions that can have a direct-shift or Tiptronic gearbox or may be hydraulic. Smaller vehicles often use continuously variable transmissions (CVT).

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