The most common transmission you see in cars today is the 5-speed. 4-speed models are also available but the 5-speed remains ever popular. The components of the transmission are similar to the 2-speed transmission you’ve seen with additional gears and shafts to complement the speed.
The transmission consists of 5 speed gears and a reverse gear. The shift lever controls three forks which are held together by three rods and engage the mechanism. A rotation point on the center of the lever allows you to handle the gears. The knob on the lever acts opposite to the motion of the corresponding rod and fork. For example, when you want to apply the first gear you move the knob forward. This enables the rod and fork for the first gear to be pulled back.
Different forks and their collars are engaged when you move the shifter either right or left. The collar will engage a gear in case the shifter is moved forward and backward.
The reverse gear, as the name suggests, is applied when you are backing the vehicle. The gear which handles it is called an idler gear. It remains true to its function even in design. It is turned in the opposite direction of other gears. This is done to ensure the gear is impossible to apply if the vehicle is in a forward motion. In the off chance, you do engage the reverse gear, the dog teeth wouldn’t. Instead, you are treated to a lot of noise which indicates the error of your gear switch.
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