Manual Transmission and Its Issues
If you consider purchasing used cars with manual transmission, then the top priority for you should be reliability. Used cars have already operated for some time which means that they may have some issues that you need to be aware of before paying for the purchase.
This article is dedicated to the issue of transmission and manual transmission in particular because this is one of the most complex parts of a vehicle that usually costs the most to replace or repair. Read the tips below to ensure that you can safely pass on a faulty car.
According to automotive experts, exactly slipping gears are one of the most vivid and warning signs of bad transmission. The trick is that such problems are pretty easy to spot on manual transmission vehicles, while automatic cars tend to have more complex structure and such problem gets harder to identify especially on early stages of failure.
But coming back to the tips: if you hear car’s engine to make noise and the tachometer’s pointer starts climbing without you accelerating the car, then it is very likely that you are in a vehicle with slipping manual transmission. In order to verify the issue, while test-driving you need to keep an eye on tachometer as well as listen to the engine. In case you are trying to speed up and your attempts do not succeed then you might see the early stages of transmission trouble at a given vehicle.
Another pretty common problem for cars with manual transmission is rough shifts change. This precise issue is much easier to spot even without professional knowledge. All you need to do is just shift the car from the first to the second, or further and observe what happens. If there is a big clunk or the car seems to be lurching, this could and usually is an early sign of transmission trouble.
To prove or refute the theory, go on a test drive and listen to how a car changes the speeds while you are driving. If no problems seem to be heard or seen, then you might observe just lack of lubricant exactly at the stick. If some weird sounds occur, then some transmission problems do take place.
In case you have found any of the above issues during the first look at a car, then before you decide to buy any of the used cars on your list, make sure to check the car’s manual transmission fluid or if you can bring a qualified mechanic with you in order to do it for you. You should be aware that low or empty manual transmission fluid can and usually will cause a complete breakdown of a car’s transmission system. This leads to the fact that if you see this serious problem at a given used vehicle, it is highly advised not to get it. But if you are coming for the preview of a vehicle with a mechanic, ask him or her about the issue, because they might simply change the fluids and it will be working absolutely fine.