Standard or manual transmissions are so-called because the driver must manually shift, as opposed to the transmission automatically shifting. Even after the advent of the automatic transmission, manual transmissions remained the dominant choice for several decades. Today, they are much more rare with only 6.5% of new cars in the U.S. sold with manual transmissions.
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When do I need to have my manual transmission checked?
Like most things with your vehicle, if you notice a change in operation you should have it checked. Common symptoms of an issue with your manual transmission are that it will become hard to shift or grind during shifting. This can happen during shifting up or down to a lower gear. Diagnosis requires a condensed version of our inspection process. There is never a charge for this and will give us the information we need to tell you what needs to be done.
Should I have the fluid changed in my manual transmission?
Yes. You should refer to your owner’s manual. Fluids for manual transmissions have changed over the years and not all fluids are the same. The interval is dependent upon the type and weight of fluid used in your transmission. We would caution that some manufactures consider their fluid “lifetime” fluid. While we agree fluids have improved over the years they will not last forever. In these cases we recommend this fluid be changed at intervals between 80,000 miles and 100,000 miles.