No matter what vehicle you drive, if you do not replace the fluids or often get your Auto checked by a technician, you will see some wear and tear on your vehicle. Most of the time, if you drive your vehicle over 200,000 miles without servicing it, the engine or transmission will need a rebuild.
Automatic transmissions shift between gears automatically to optimize driving and changes gears based on the driver's throttle pedal, vehicle speed, engine speed, and vehicle load. Typical automatic transmissions have 4-5 forward gear ratios, a Reverse, Park, and Neutral gear. Shifting gears occur once the car is in Drive, and there is no need for a clutch pedal or gear shift like there is in a Manual transmission. Automatic transmission repair is complicated based on all the components that make it up, and you need to have any mechanical transmission issues properly assessed by auto mechanics.
A four-wheel (4×4) drive vehicle has differential gears, both front and rear axles, and a transfer case attached to the transmission. Four-wheel drive vehicles demand maintenance on the transfer case, front differentials, rear differentials, and transmission fluids.
If your vehicle has front-wheel drive, the engine drives the front wheels only. The power is routed through the transmission to the final movement, where it is split and sent to the two front wheels through the drive axles. The engine, transmission, and additional hardware are all located in the front of the car.
Driving a vehicle with a Manual transmission requires using the clutch pedal and gear shift to shift gears based on the car's speed manually. Manual transmissions have been built with anywhere from two to eight gears. Front-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive are the two main configurations for manual transmissions. Typically, manual transmissions require less maintenance than automatic transmissions. We service the greater Great Falls Montana area.