WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TRANSMISSION FRICTION
Posted by Zane Winberg on
The transmission of your ca is where the torque is transmitted from the engine to the wheels. Combustion in the engine propels the pistons, which is the power source for a vehicle. This power is transmitted through several interlocking gears, which can be manually or automatically selected to control the speed and power of the vehicle. The proper functioning of these gears is critical to the operation of your vehicle and keeping your ride smooth. Because the gearbox is so interdependent and a focal point of the engine it is particularly important to keep it clean, healthy and protected. If your transmission experiences any problems, it is unlikely that you’ll be able to much at all with your vehicle. The most common problems with transmissions are usually due to heat and/or friction, which often go hand in hand.
Gears spin and turn against each other, transmitting power through rotation. If your gears are properly lubricated and cooled then all of the power will transmit cleanly through the gearbox to your wheels, meaning optimal fuel use and fuel efficiency. Everything in your vehicle will operate according to plan and you will avoid breakdowns or other engine problems. You’ll get every drop of gasoline you paid for, which will boost engine power.
Unfortunately, your transmission may not be operating at peak efficiency. If there are problems in your gearbox, then some of the power created in your engine will be lost to overcome those problems in the transmission before being transferred to the wheels. Some of the problems might be heat and friction. Friction between the gears in your transmission can adversely affect your fuel consumption because you need more energy to turn and grind the gears. Additionally, friction can create even more heat in the transmission. Excessive heat is unsafe, and can be very damaging to the gears. The lubricating oils in your gearbox get used up faster and faster, which is another extra cost for you. When parts of your transmission and engine heat up they actually expand, meaning they fit tighter and struggle to move correctly to do their job.
To ensure that heat and friction aren’t damaging your transmission the first step is to regularly replace and monitor your transmission fluid. It keeps the transmission lubricated and cooled off so that friction and heat are kept low. You can use any type of transmission fluid, but upgrading to a higher-quality fluid is a good option. Over time transmission fluids lose their effectiveness so by getting the best possible fluid and replacing it regularly is a great way to keep your transmission healthy and your fuel efficiency high.
If your vehicle is old or looking a little worse for the wear, consider taking an extra step or two to protect your gearbox. Use a transmission sealer, conditioner, or oil additive to boost the performance of your engine. These products are carefully crafted and designed to lubricate and protect the important parts of your vehicle for maximum life and performance. They are affordable and easy to use, making them an excellent option to increase your engine power and fuel efficiency.