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1995-2005 Chevy Cavaliers

Where are the gears on a manual car?

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2005-02-05 16:11:25
2005-02-05 16:11:25

The gears are located in the manual transmission. This assembly of gears and pinions is most of the time located just behind the engine. This arrangement places two heavy objects (the engine and transmission) in one area concentrating weight in a single spot. This is not good for weight distribution, which would be best if more evenly distributed throughout the car. Therefore someone came up with a transaxle. Which puts the transmission at the rear axle. This is found on more exotic cars. Cars with front wheel drive have the transmission next to the engine, which is located in the front of the car.

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