Manual transmission… standard transmission… stick shift… all different names for the same type of drivetrain. The more correct term is manual transmission, because you shift it manually instead of it shifting on its own like an automatic transmission. The term standard transmission comes from a time when an automatic transmission was an option that you had to pay extra for when you bought the car. The manual came “standard.” And stick shift? Isn’t that one obvious?
Whatever you’d like to call them, the manual transmission enjoyed a resurgence a few years ago, when gas prices took their historic rise. That’s because most people believe that a manual transmission is generally more efficient than an automatic.
Unfortunately for those folks who went out and bought new cars with manual transmissions, that’s really no longer the case. Only the most experienced, skilled drivers will be able to nurse better gas mileage out of a manual transmission than they can get from most of today’s automatics.
Of course, there are still those people who just enjoy the feel driving a stick. Shifting gears manually makes them feel like they’re an integral part of the driving experience.
Whatever the reason you have for owning a car with a manual transmission, when you have a problem with your car’s transmission, there’s only one name you need to remember: Cottman. Because the technicians at your local Cottman center are experts with manual transmissions. They understand how they work, and they know how to fix them when they don’t.
So if your car’s manual transmission is having problems — anything from grinding gears to not moving at all, and anything in between — give your nearby Cottman center a call. They’ll be happy to check it out and let you know exactly what it’ll take to get you back on the road and shifting gears again.