Operating and maintaining a vehicle can be overwhelming at times. Fortunately, proper understanding will ensure your vehicle is in proper working condition for the many years ahead. If you drive a vehicle with an automatic transmission, understanding how the transmission functions and what is needed for maintenance is essential. This guide will help you learn the truth about a few myths regarding automatic transmissions.

Myth: Repairs Are Not Possible

One myth you may believe is that if there is an issue with your automatic transmission, you cannot repair it, only replace it. Because automatic transmissions are sealed units with numerous smaller parts and components, it is easy to see why someone would believe they cannot be repaired. Thankfully, repairs are possible.

If you are noticing issues with your transmission's ability to shift and function, schedule an appointment with a transmission repair service. After a quick diagnostic check, the auto tech will be able to determine the cause of your issues and what can be done to restore the transmission back to its functional state.

You do not have to worry about replacing your automatic transmissions, since a service or repair of some sort may still be possible.

Myth: They Are Not Fuel Efficient

Another common misconception many people have is that automatic transmissions are not fuel efficient, especially when compared to the fuel efficiency of a manual transmission. In reality, both automatic and manual transmissions can be efficient, since it really depends on the overall design of your vehicle and how you operate it.

For example, aerodynamic designs have less resistance when in operation, which means they use less gas per mile. Also, the size and weight of your vehicle affect fuel efficiency. If you are driving a large SUV or pickup truck, you will use more fuel per mile than if you were driving a compact car.

Finally, excessive speeding and rapid acceleration will decrease the fuel efficiency of your vehicle whether you are driving an automatic or manual transmission. To ensure you are operating the vehicle efficiently, maintain a proper speed.

Myth: They Are More Expensive

When purchasing a vehicle, you may consider a manual over an automatic transmission because of the price. In some instances, vehicles with manual transmissions are less expensive than vehicles with automatic transmissions. However, it all depends on the manufacturer.

Some manufacturers price their vehicles based on model, engine size, and features rather than the type of transmission that is included. Basically, this means a vehicle with a manual transmission that is loaded with amenities will cost more than the same make/model with an automatic transmission that has fewer amenities.