The days of dual-clutch transmissions only being used in high-performance cars or on the racetrack are long gone. In today’s day and age more and more vehicles available to everyday consumers feature a dual clutch transmission which is why if you are in the market for a new car you should understand the technology as well as what it has to offer.
Manual vs Automatic Transmissions
The first step in understanding how a dual clutch transmission works as well as what it has to offer is understanding how manual and automatic transmissions work. Drivers are required to press a third pedal that controls the automobiles clutch in order to change gears with a manual transmission. By completing this action, the engine is temperately discounted from the transmissions which allows the driver to shift gears by moving the gearstick. This is much different than how an automatic transmission works because automatic transmissions do not have a clutch but instead feature a torque converter. The engine is connected to the gearbox via a fluid coupling which uses hydraulic fluid to lock and unlock gears which allow gear ratios to change. Depending on how hard the engine has to work, shifting takes place automatically due to the fact that valves within the transmission react differently to changes of pressure.
Dual Clutch Converters: The Difference
Unlike an automatic transmission, a dual clutch transmission does not use a torque converter while at the same time not using a clutch pedal either. This dual-clutch transmission is comprised of two identical gearboxes, one connected to even gears and the other to odd gears. This creates a scenario that allows the gearbox to never have to detach itself from the engine thanks to the computer reading which gear will be required next and preparing it for the shift. This allows users to operate the transmission as an automatic or a manual with help from a regular shifter, buttons, or paddle shifters.
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