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Engines vs Transmissions: What They Are And When You Need Them

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  • Jun 03, 2021

Vehicles are extremely complex machines filled with technology and model-specific parts. We all know that cars need an engine to run, but did you also know about the transmission? If you’re not really into cars, you may not be totally clear with what each of these two major components do. Airline Auto Parts remanufactures both engines and transmissions and our team is well-versed in what each is used for. Today, let’s break it down to make these complex auto parts easier to understand.

What Are Engines?

The engine is the heart of your car. Without an engine, the vehicle will not have power and you won’t be able to go anywhere. There are hundreds or thousands of components in each car engine, with different brands and sizes featuring unique designs and technology. The main goal of the engine is to take the heat from burning gas and convert it into energy to power the car. To achieve this, a very intricate chain of events takes place every second. The engine has to work very hard to do its job, so all of the components need to be heavy duty and able to withstand constant wear and tear. Engines come in a variety of styles including Straight, Inline, Flat, V, Twin Cylinders, Four Cylinders, 5 Cylinders, 6 Cylinders and 8+ Cylinders. Each offers different levels of power and are suitable for different vehicle types. Many engines use gasoline, but others (typically in trucks) use diesel fuel. Engines are extremely heavy and durable and require professional installation. There are dozens of connections involved and each must be perfect to avoid potential problems. Components include (but are not limited to):

– The Engine Block
– Pistons
– Cylinder Heads
– Camshaft
– Valves
– Crankshaft
– Timing Belt/Chain
– And More!

What Is A Transmission?

The transmission of a car moves the energy created by the engine to the wheels. It’s the portion of the vehicle that allows the car to move. Transmissions increase torque to accelerate away from a stop, or to prevent the engine from overworking at high speeds. Transmissions can be automatic or manual which shift gears automatically and with a gear shift respectively. The first cars had manual transmissions before the technology for automatic shifting came to market. Manual transmissions have a clutch pedal and a shifter the driver uses to manually change gears. These types of transmissions consist of a set of gears along a pair of shafts, called the input and output shafts. Automatic transmissions typically don’t use clutches. Instead, the automatic transmission relies on a torque converter to change gears. As you might imagine, the transmission is a series of gears of various sizes that work differently depending on the speed you’re traveling. Without the transmission, the energy created by the engine would have nowhere to go, and the car wouldn’t be able to move. Components include (but are not limited to):

– Torque Converter

– Oil Pump

– Planetary Gear Set

– Clutch Packs

– Output Shaft

– Brake Band

– Oil Pan

– Transfer Case

– And More!

What Does Remanufactured Mean?

As we mentioned in the intro, Airline Auto Parts remanufactures both engines and transmissions for nearly any vehicle you can imagine. The single factor that separates a great powertrain remanufacturer from a merely good one is manufacturing technology. Our reman partner has spared no expense in this important area. Simply put, if you want to see the highest technology equipment, the most intelligent engineering and the best practices in powertrain remanufacturing today, all you need to do is visit one of our remanufacturing partner’s plants where hundreds of reliable powertrain components are remanufactured per day. Powertrain refers to all of the components of a vehicle that propels a car including the engine, the transmission, axels, and wheels. Each remanufactured engine or transmission you purchase through Airline Auto Parts comes with a 3-year/100k mile warranty. Every single component is tested with high-tech quality control equipment that can identify any sort of weakness. As a result, the finished remanufactured engine or transmission will be the same quality as newly-manufactured counterparts and you can get them for a fraction of the price.

This is just a very brief overview of what engines and transmissions do for cars. To go over each different type and component would take many articles, so we’ll leave it at this for now. Remanufactured engines and transmissions will save you hundred of dollars for brand-new-quality performance. Visit our site to search for parts by vehicle and type. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, we can order it for you from one of our partner salvage yards. Remanufactured transmissions and engines are some of our best sellers, so they cycle through our inventory quickly. We’ll ship your part to you or to the shop you plan to have install it. We even partner with select shops across the country! Every part comes with a 6-month warranty with plenty of upgrade options available, and all remanufactured powertrain parts are protected for 3-years or 100,000 miles. Visit https://airlineautoparts.net/ to learn more or contact us at  281.448.2000. We look forward to serving you!

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