Transmissions are very important and extremely complex. Having a transmission problem can cost someone a pretty penny, so knowing what transmission you have is important. When you know the type of transmission you have, you can understand the proper steps in taking care of it. Each transmission is different, so having detailed information about your own can save you money on unneeded repairs. Now, how do you determine what type of transmission you have? There are numerous ways to figure that out and it’s recommended you have all the details about your car at your disposal.
The first and most obvious way to determine the type of transmission you have would be to check the owner’s manual. This manual will have all the specifics about your car and should be kept with your car at all times. There is very important information in that manual, including the type of transmission it came with. What if you don’t have the owner’s manual? There are many sites online that sell the owner’s manuals to certain cars online. They usually don’t go for more than a few bucks, so it is something to consider. Older cars usually don’t come with the owner’s manual, so take some time to hunt yours down.
The white card that is stuck to your driver’s side door comes with a ton of valuable information. It comes with all the needed info on your car, which includes how much air to put in your tires, the gas your car takes, engine details, make/model, year it was made, and the type of transmission you have. This card is the go to place for those that have recently purchased a car without an owner’s manual. I would still recommend finding the owner’s manual for your car, but if you’d rather not, then this will have the specific car specifications without all the detail. There is also a sticker you can find under the hood of most cars. If you can’t find the information you need on your car door, then lift the hood and look for it there.
The next way to check the type of transmission you have should be left to those that know how to maneuver their way under the hood of a car. Look for your oil pan and try to determine the shape of it. Some manufacturers can be determined by the shape of the oil pan. You should also be able to determine automatic or manual transmissions by the shape of the oil pan. If none of the above steps lead to any answers, then you should take down the VIN number of your vehicle and find websites where you can type in the VIN and get the specifications of your car. The VIN will have all the details of your car, so it is an important number to have at your disposal. Contacting a professional and asking them to find out the details of your car is another way you can figure out all this information.