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sindhu
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:39 pm Reply with quote Back to top

The Basics of a ‘Gearbox’ Cars today are mainly equipped with 2 types of ‘Transmissions’ or ‘Gearboxes’ i.e Manual or Automatic. Since no ‘manual-shifting’ per se’ is involved in the latter, let’s forget about it here and instead, keep in mind that the ‘discerning drivers’ all over the world go for the 'manual' transmission, since the ‘pleasure and control’ it offers can be very exciting, if not challenging, as compared to an ‘Automatic'.

TYPES OF MANUAL GEAR BOXES

Most Gearboxes today have the 'Standard-H’ configuration – a-la Julia Roberts in ‘The Pretty Woman’ ! Barring a few entry level sub-1000 cc ones, they all have 5 ‘forward speeds’ with ‘over drive’ on 4th and 5th and a Reverse. A typical MT/GB ‘crossection’ looks somewhat like the one below : The ‘1st’ is the most ‘powerful’ gear is meant only to get going from standstill or for hill climbing, depending upon the gradient. All 4/5 of these are 'synchromesh' type, which means that within reasonable limits, one can jump slots i.e get into 2nd or 1st from the 4th or 5th without 'crashing of gears' while the car is in motion. An ‘exploded’ view of the same GB as alongside looks like the one below. Needless to say that all these are pretty high-tech and precision devices and thus offer very little scope for abuse without good prospects of permanent damage.
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 2010 3:37 am Reply with quote Back to top

It is not necessary that we should come to 2nd gear at 10 kmph....even at less than 10 kmph we can shift it....depends on the scenario
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