Can anyone explain why a truck with a manual transmission has a lower
towing rating than the same truck with an automatic even though they have
identical engines? That seems counter-intuitive to me because the manual
is a direct mechanical connection between the engine and drive train. Is
it because the auto haws a cooler?
Let me start by saying that I do not KNOW the answer for sure. But I
would speculate that the main reason is that it is easier to burn out
a clutch plate than it is to break a torque converter.
On Thu, 14 Oct 2004 19:30:18 -0400, sean email@example.com (Sean
It's because lots of people don't know how to drive a stick shift and they
have the warranty the truck. Some Diesels like the GM Duramax have lower
torque ratings for a stick shift because the transmission can't handle the
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