Aston Martin Volante Gearbox
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Aston Martin Volante gearbox
Included on the Volante was a six-speed manual gearbox and leather-upholstery for the seats, dash, steering-wheel, and shift-knob. A six-speed sequential manual transmission, similar to those produced by Ferrari and Lamborghini, called Sportshift were introduced later as an option.
The DBS Volante is available as standard with a rear-mounted six-speed manual gearbox. A Touchtronic six-speed automatic featuring a torque converter is also available as an option. Derived from the
same ZF transaxle unit that was developed for the DB9, the system has been substantially re-engineered to accommodate the power and performance characteristics of the DBS. When in Drive mode,
pulling either of the leather-trimmed magnesium alloy paddles mounted on the steering column will activate Touchtronic mode, enabling the driver to control gear shifts via the paddles. Touchtronic mode is
also accessible directly on engine start-up.
Manual Volante gearbox
The modern gearbox is by far, the most complicated mechanical component in today's automobile. Volante gearboxes contain mechanical systems, electrical systems and computer controls, all working
together in perfect harmony which goes virtually unnoticed until there is a problem.
A manual gearbox, or manual gearbox (also informally known as a 'manual', 'stick shift', 'straight shift', 'standard shift', or sometimes '5-speed') is a type of gearbox used in motor vehicle applications. It
generally uses a driver-operated clutch, operated by a pedal or lever, for regulating torque transfer from the internal combustion engine to the Volante gearbox, and a gear-shift, either operated by hand (as in
a car) or by foot (as on a motorcycle). Other types of gearbox in mainstream automotive use are the automatic gearbox, semi-automatic gearbox, and the continuously variable gearbox (CVT).
Manual gearboxes often feature a driver-operated clutch and a movable gear selector. Most automobile manual gearboxes allow the driver to select any forward gear ratio ("gear") at any time, but some,
such as those commonly mounted on motorcycles and some types of racing cars, only allow the driver to select the next-higher or next-lower gear. This type of gearbox is sometimes called a sequential
manual gearbox. Sequential gearboxes are commonly used in auto racing for their ability to make quick shifts.
With heavy driving or even general long term usage your gearbox will not last forever. Should you come across any type of gearbox problems then we are the people to help. Contact us for specialist help
our if you need a new, reconditioned or second hand gearbox.
Volante Gearboxes Check
Watch for leaks or stains under the car: - If there is a persistent red oil leak that you are sure is coming from your car, you should have your shop check to see if it is coming from your gearbox or possibly
from your power steering system (most power steering systems also use gearbox fluid and leaks can appear on the ground in roughly the same areas as gearbox leaks.) If all you see is a few drops on the
ground, you may be able to postpone repairs as long as you check your fluid level often (but check with your technician to be sure.) If gearbox fluid levels go down below minimum levels serious gearbox
damage can occur (the same advice goes for power steering leaks as well.)
Check fluid for colour and odour: - Most manufacturers require that you check gearbox fluid levels when the vehicle is running and on level ground. Pull the gearbox dipstick out and check the fluid for colour
and odour. Volante gearbox fluid is transparent red oil that looks something like cherry cough syrup. If the fluid is cloudy or muddy, or it has a burned odour, you should have it checked by your technician who
will most likely advise you to drain your gearbox and refill or gearbox tune-up.
Be sensitive to new noises, vibrations and shift behaviour: - A modern gearbox should shift smoothly and quietly under light acceleration. Heavier acceleration should produce firmer shifts at higher speeds. If
shift points are erratic or you hear noises when shifting, you should have it checked out immediately. Whining noises coming from the floorboard are also a cause for concern. If caught early, many problems
can be resolved without costly gearbox overhauls. Even if you feel that you can't afford repairs at this time, you should at least have it checked. The technician may be able to give you some hints on what to
do and not do to prolong the gearbox life until you can afford the repair.
Volante Gearbox fluid should be changed periodically. Your owner's manual should give you the recommended intervals which could be anywhere from 15,000 miles to 100,000 miles. Most gearbox experts
recommend changing the fluid and filter every 25,000 miles.
Few gearboxes have drain plugs to drain the old fluid. In order to get the fluid out, the technician removes the gearbox oil pan. This is quite a messy job and generally not recommended for the casual do-it-
yourself job. Even if the gearbox has a drain plug, the only way to also change the gearbox filter is to remove the pan. When the pan is down, the technician can check for metal shavings and other debris which
are indicators of impending gearbox problems.
In most cases during these gearboxes services, only about half the oil is able to be removed from the unit. This is because much of the oil is in the torque converter and cooler lines and cannot be drained
without major disassembly. The fluid change intervals are based on the fact that some old fluid remains in the system.
When the Volante gearboxes is serviced, make sure that the correct fluid is used to re-fill it. Each gearbox manufacturer has their own recommendation for the proper fluid to use and the internal components
are designed for that specific formula. GM usually uses Dexron, Fords prior to 1983 use Type F while later models use Mercon. Late model Chrysler products use ATF +3 +4 (Not using the correct fluid for
Chrysler gearboxes is the most common reason for their gearbox problems.) Toyota sometimes uses Type T which is only available through Toyota and Lexus Parts departments. Honda also specs out
their own formula which is available from Honda or Acura parts departments. A gearbox will not work properly or may even slip or shudder with the incorrect fluid, so make sure that you double check. Your
owner's manual will tell you which fluid is required. Naturally, the owner's manual will try to convince you to only use the manufacturer's branded fluid, but they will also provide you with the specs for the oil. If
the aftermarket product indicates on its container that they meet or exceed the specs for a particular type of gearbox fluid, it is generally ok to use that product.
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