What is Manual transmission?
The function of any transmission is transferring engine power to the driveshaft and rear wheels or axle half-shafts and front wheels in a front-wheel-drive. Gears inside the transmission change the vehicle’s drive-wheel speed and torque in relation to engine speed and torque. Lower gear ratios act as torque multipliers and help the engine to develop enough power to accelerate from a standstill. In trucks with manual transmission, the driver has the ability to manually change these gears according to driving speeds.
Trucks with a manual transmission vs trucks with automatic transmission:
Differences in Driving:
The main difference in operating a car with manual and one with automatic transmission is that you need to shift gears based on the vehicle’s speed which requires the use of the clutch pedal and the gear shift. Gears can be selected at this time or the car can be stopped without stalling. Learning to control the clutch pedal might seem difficult at first, but once you learn how to use it, it becomes pretty much involuntary while driving. With the need to shift gears every minute for hours, if you are prone to bad traffic, buying an automatic is less stressful than driving a manual through traffic jams.
Differences in Costing:
Manual transmissions cost much less than automatics. Manuals require less service and thus having cheap maintenance.
Differences in Maintenance:
Working on a manual transmission is much easier than working with automatic gear boxes. So the repair costs for automatics are significantly higher. Manuals, if operated properly, can go hundreds of thousands of kilometers without any problem. The lubricant may need to be replaced after a while but not as often as in automatics.
Available trucks with manual transmission:
|Model||No. of Gears||Trims|
|Colorado||6||Extended-cab, short-box, 2WD Base and WT|
|Canyon||6||Extended-cab 2WD Canyon, Canyon SL|
|Frontier||5/6||Five-speed on S and SV 2WD King Cab; six-speed on Pro-4X 4WD King Cab and Crew Cab, S and SV Crew Cab|
|Tacoma||5/6||Five-speed on 4-cylinder Access Cab 2WD and 4WD; six-speed on Access Cab 6-cylinder 4WD, TRD Pro Access Cab and Double Cab 4WD|
|2500||6||Optional on all models with diesel engine except Longhorn, Limited in 2WD and Mega Cab 4WD|
|3500||6||Optional on all models with diesel engine except Longhorn, Limited in 2WD and Mega Cab 4WD|
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