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Car transmissions: What are they and 3 reasons why you should care


When you buy a car, new or used, the transmission is a point you will absolutely discuss, even if you’re not aware of it. Simply put, the type of transmission your car has is what we refer to when we say a car is manual or automatic, AKA stick shift or not. You should easily be able to identify which type of vehicle you drive, but what does the transmission really do? 

The transmission is the part of your vehicle that makes sure that the right amount of power goes to your wheels to drive at a particular speed. It works by shifting gears according to your speed, similarly to how a multi-speed bicycle works. On a bicycle, if the chain is off, the car won’t go, and if the chain is in too high a gear, you’ll have trouble getting started from a stop. The same principle applies to your transmission, and if you don’t keep it well-maintained, you’ll lose fuel economy or maybe not even be able to drive at all.

So when it comes to your car’s health, keeping an eye on your transmission is essential. But you don’t need to be the person checking in on the transmission- simply make sure you’re scheduling your car for regular maintenance.

If you’re still unconvinced why your transmission’s health should matter to you, check out these 3 reasons to schedule your car for regular maintenance and upkeep on your transmission. 

1. You will save money in the long run.

Replacing a broken or blown up transmission is not cheap or fun. So save yourself the headache and keep up with checking on it now. By regularly checking your transmission, you can better anticipate potential issues with it and fix smaller hiccups that can lead to many large issues down the line. 

2. Keep yourself and others safe.

If you’re unaware of issues with your car’s transmission but are still driving it regularly, you’re putting yourself and others in harm’s way. You never know when your transmission will fail on you and if you’re driving the car or going at a high speed when it happens, things can take a turn for the worse. Don’t take your chances.

3. If you’re thinking about reselling your car or trading it in at some point, regular maintenance to the transmission can help with resale value.

Many dealerships aren’t interested in replacing a car with a transmission that doesn’t work and selling it privately puts you in a similar position. If someone is interested in the car, they will often haggle down the sales price to cover the cost of replacing the transmission. 

If you have other questions about your car’s transmission or why you should consider getting it regularly checked, you’re welcome to reach out to our team at Landis Transmission. For anyone in the Central Pennsylvania area looking for a garage to service their car, give us a call today! 



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