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How Much Do You Know About Manual and Automatic Transmissions?
by Annette
The great debate: To drive stick or not to drive stick, that is the question. Well, first you have to know the difference! In this quiz, we'll test your knowledge of manual and automatic transmissions. Put on your driving gloves.

The transmission is a system of parts that connects the engine to the ________.

  • Steering wheel
  • Wheels
  • Exhaust​

What is torque?

  • Forward​ motion
  • Breaking speed
  • Turning force

The transmission helps the engine to create torque at ______.

  • Varying speed
  • One speed
  • No speed

Which transmission is simpler?

  • Manual
  • Automatic

Manual transmissions allow the driver to choose one of several _______ between the input and output shafts of the transmission.

  • Ratios of speed
  • Constant signals
  • Power levels

What is the name of the ratios of speed in a manual transmission?

  • Volumes
  • Notches
  • Gears

What provides for smooth shifting?

  • The radiator
  • The carburetor​
  • The clutch

What's the most common clutch?

  • Double disk clutch
  • Smooth plane clutch
  • Dry single​ disk clutch

Which transmission is most popular today?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Which transmission is easier to use?

  • Manual
  • Automatic

Which transmission is easier on a steep hill?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Which is less expensive?

  • Manual
  • Automatic

Which requires less maintenance?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Which has better fuel efficiency?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Which car stalls more?

  • Manual
  • Automatic

Which car is better in heavy traffic?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Which cars get stolen more often?

  • Automatic​
  • Manual

Which car has better control?

  • Automatic
  • Manual

Most normal cars have ____ forward gears.

  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Race cars can have as many as _____ forward speeds.

  • 4
  • 5
  • 9

What kind of transmission holds all forward gear wheels in mesh?

  • Cryptomesh
  • Synchromesh
  • Optimesh

When was the automatic transmission introduced?

  • 1900
  • 1939
  • 1951

Most automatic cars contain a _____ converter.

  • Power
  • Torque
  • Fluid

Automatic transmissions have _____ gears.

  • Interlocking
  • Spikey
  • Planetary

The performance of automatic transmissions has been enhanced by what?

  • Electronic sensors
  • Micro-computer chips
  • Infrared lasers

What is the name for an automatic transmission​ with added manual-shift mode?

  • Auto-manual
  • Autoshifting
  • Manumatic

What is CVT?

  • Constant Viable Transmission
  • Co-Voluntary Transmission​
  • Continuously Variable Transmission.

What is the car of choice in Europe?

  • Automatic​
  • Manual

What's the most popular car in Canada?

  • Manual
  • Automatic

What percentage of cars in Japan are manual?

  • 50%
  • 68%
  • 80%

What's happening to the gap between automatic and manual car performance?

  • It's becoming wider
  • It's becoming narrower

What is the typical price of clutch repair?

  • $100-$200
  • $200-$400
  • $500-$1,000

Higher gears _____ power.

  • Increase​
  • Reduce

Approximately what percentage of cars in the U.S. are built with a manual transmission?

  • 4%
  • 10%
  • 15%

What do some experts believe is the main reason for the popularity of the automatic car in the U.S.?

  • Traffic
  • Eating while driving
  • Laziness