The easier of the transmissions to maintain longevity, the manual transmission is simpler in design and practicality, depending on the roads we drive. Up-hill and stop-and-go driving is not handled well by a manual transmission, whereas an automatic transmission handles it a lot better. Regardless of these two moments in driving, a manual transmission is comprised of gears, shafts, something to change gears called a gear selector fork and a clutch. Transmission fluid is still needed by a manual transmission, but it does not use the fluid to operate. The fluid is used for cooling and lubrication, not the changing of gears, like in an automatic transmission. Each car with a stick-shift has its own preference of oil or fluid.
Simpler than an automatic transmission, but still with its own complex parts, a manual transmission is a fun thing to try. It is fun to drive a vehicle with a stick-shift. With where to start when looking at a manual transmission is at the very thing that makes it fun to drive: the clutch.
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