A car's transmission enables the engine to provide a wide range of output speeds. Without it, you'd be limited to just one gear. Imagine always having to drive at one speed for the rest of your life! Test your knowledge of both automatic and manual transmissions in this quiz.
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A manual transmission is connected to the engine through the:
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What connects the gears to the drive shaft in a manual transmission?
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In a manual transmission, how does the collar engage a gear?
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What do manual transmissions in modern passenger cars use to eliminate the need for double-clutching?
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What two things do automatic transmissions lack that manual transmissions have?
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What creates the different gear ratios in an automatic transmission?
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In most automatic transmissions, which gear produces a 1-1 ratio?
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What feeds the transmission cooler and torque converter in an automatic transmission?
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What tells the automatic transmission how fast the car is going?
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In an automatic transmission, the shift lever hooks up to the:
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CVT stands for:
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A continuously variable transmission is a type of:
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What does a tachometer do?
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What is the redline?
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How does the redline relate to the transmission?
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What type of modern transmission is generally best for fuel economy?
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What is the “H” that’s on top of many manual shift knobs?
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Why is the CVT so common in hybrid cars?
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If you shift a manual transmission into reverse while the car’s going forward, what happens?
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What happens if a four-wheel drive vehicle is towed?
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What kind of car usually needs a transmission cooler?
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Should a transmission cooler be installed by a mechanic?
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How do you know if your transmission fluid is leaking?
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What color is a transmission fluid leak?
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When was the CVT first thought up?
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What’s the recommended interval to change transmission fluid?
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Do CVTs actually have a gearbox?
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Why do automatic transmissions sometimes feel slow or sluggish?
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We already established that cars with automatic transmissions do not have a clutch pedal. But do they have a clutch?
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