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Mercedes-Benz C-class, 6-speed manual transmission
If you drive a stick-shift car, then you may have several questions floating in your head:
  • How does the funny "H" pattern that I am moving this shift knob through have any relation to the gears inside the transmission? What is moving inside the transmission when I move the shifter?
  • When I mess up and hear that horrible grinding sound, what is actually grinding?
  • What would happen if I were to accidentally shift into reverse while I am speeding down the freeway? Would the entire transmission explode?
In this article, we'll answer all of these questions and more as we explore the interior of a manual transmission!