BC Drivers: Learn About Automated Manual vs Automatic Transmissions

May 25,2022

Most new vehicles now come with a standard automatic transmission. However, more athletic models may have something known as an automated manual. In this article, you will learn the main difference between the two.

An automatic transmission uses a system of planetary gear sets, clutches (bands), and a torque converter. It has the ability to switch gears with little input from you as the driver.

On the other hand, an automated manual is a traditional clutch-style manual transmission that is combined with an electronic actuator. (This part can also be pneumatic or hydraulic.) Instead of a third clutch pedal, it comes with a mechanical shift lever. Using this, you can choose between automatic and driver-controlled shifting modes. If you are someone who enjoys feeling like you have full command over the power and performance of the vehicle, this is a good option for you. It is sometimes referred to as a direct shift gearbox or sequential manual gearbox.

You can purchase OEM parts that are designed specifically for your Ford vehicle’s transmission type. From torque converters (pictured) to bands and shifters, you can find precisely what you’re looking for at Ford Parts BC. Use the online store to search for specific elements or contact their team today!

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