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When you slip into the driver’s seat of a conventional vehicle like the new Audi Q5, you’ll likely notice a transmission. Gas-powered automobiles have either a manual or automatic transmission. Both types of transmissions switch gears to give each of your wheels the appropriate level of power.

While manual and automatic transmissions adjust your gears, they do so differently. As its name suggests, a manual transmission requires input from you to change gears. To switch to another gear with a manual transmission, you need to step on the clutch to disconnect your engine from the transmission. You’ll then use your shifter to change gears and release the clutch to reconnect the transmission and engine.

An automatic transmission doesn’t have a clutch because one isn’t necessary to change gears. Automatic transmissions have what’s called a torque converter. This component senses when you change speeds and adjusts your gears as needed when you speed up or slow down. If you’ve heard your engine get louder and then softer as you accelerate, you’ve witnessed your automatic transmission changing gears to adjust to your increased speed.

Like your engine needs oil, your transmission needs fluid to work seamlessly. Whereas it’s a good idea to get your oil changed every 3,000 – 5,000 miles or every three months, you can go much longer and farther between transmission fluid changes. To see how often you should have your transmission fluid changed, consult your owner’s manual or reach out to Audi Indianapolis.

Do you want to learn more about how transmissions work? If so, contact our Indianapolis, IN Audi dealership. Whenever your car is due for a transmission fluid change or another type of service, make an appointment to bring your vehicle into our Audi service center near Fishers, IN.

Categories: Service, Parts