Plenty of the customers who visit our Acura parts and service department ask us, ‘what’s the importance of a transmission?’ Fortunately, at Hopkins Acura, we’re passionate about passing on our vast automotive knowledge, and when it comes to the subject of transmissions we’re pretty well-informed.

Your transmission is one of the most important components in your vehicle, trumping other systems like your tires or your engine filters. The transmission is crucial in transferring power between the engine and the wheels and plays a huge role in determining the nature of your drive.

Transmissions can be as varied as the cars they inhabit and tend to exist as either manual, automatic, automated-manual, and continuously variable transmissions (CVTs). For example, a manual transmission requires the driver’s input to change the gears. While more hands-on, this is a preferred choice for drivers who appreciate great performance as they get better gas mileage, are far more complex and weigh less than the automated alternative. Automatic transmissions, on the other hand, change the gears on their own and provide a more seamless drive, only asking that the driver concern themselves with ‘Park’, ‘Neutral’, ‘Reverse’, and ‘Drive’.

No matter what transmission type you choose for your vehicle, maintenance is incredibly important. While a transmission may not require as much care as other car components, automotive technicians tend to agree that drivers should service their transmission once every 30,000 to 50,000 miles or once a year.

We’ve only scratched the surface in the importance and function of transmissions, but when you visit our Acura dealership we’ll fill you in on all the details. Here at Hopkins Acura, we are more than a luxury Redwood City dealership, we’re your primary resource for all of your car-related needs.