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How Does a Dual Clutch Transmission Work?

How Does a Dual Clutch Transmission Work?

You’ve seen a dual clutch transmission advertised by Acura for a few different vehicles. The Acura TLX, the Acura ILX and sport hybrid models use the dual clutch transmission to create the most performance-oriented experience from your Acura. But what is it all about? How does it work, and what does it do for you?

How a Dual Clutch Transmission Works

A normal automatic transmission only uses one clutch system inside. When you accelerate, the clutch enables the transmission to hold onto only the gear the transmission is currently using. When you speed up or slow down and the gear needs to change, the clutch must switch to another gear, up or down.

A dual clutch transmission has two clutch packs inside, and the gears are separated into two groups – odd and even numbers. Reverse tags along with one of the groups. When a gear is engaged as you drive, that clutch is occupied…but the other clutch has the next gear, up or down, ready to engage.

It happens in a split second, faster than you can manually shift a transmission.

What Does a DCT Do For You?

It Improves Acceleration Time

Initially, DCT transmissions were used solely for sports cars. On acceleration, it eliminates the delay between gears almost completely. DCT transmissions have almost no noticeable lag because the next gear is always ready to go.

It Eliminates Sluggish Shifts

When you’re driving a car in a spirited manner, or even in normal driving conditions, a normal automatic transmission can feel sloppy. A DCT transmission ‘tightens up’ the feeling, so shifts don’t feel so soft. Forget about shift flares!

They Improve Reliability

A dual clutch transmission is one of the most reliable designs you’ll find. While they may be somewhat exclusive for certain models, you can be assured they’re unlikely to experience the same problems as a normal automatic transmission.

 

Have you experienced a dual clutch transmission yet? It’s time you did. Visit Jay Wolfe Acura of Springfield to feel the difference a DCT transmission makes. But be warned: you’ll want to take it home with you.

Does Your Suspension Need Attention?

Does Your Suspension Need Attention?

You drive your car every day. When you’re cruising down the Interstate or weaving your way through traffic at Missouri State University, it seems you’re always in the driver’s seat. After a little while, your Acura’s smooth, refined suspension gets a little bumpy. You feel those potholes more than you used to and the speed…

Telltale Signs Your Acura Needs a Wheel Alignment

Telltale Signs Your Acura Needs a Wheel Alignment

Summer or winter, spring or fall, hazards are all over the roads. They come in the form of ruts and potholes, or even the occasional curb. After some driving, your Acura just doesn’t handle the way it used to. Could it be that you need a wheel alignment?   Odds are pretty good that your…

What Do Those Warning Lights Mean?

What Do Those Warning Lights Mean?

When you turn the key from off to on, your Acura’s dash lights up. A bunch of lights in an array of colors illuminate for a moment or two, then they go off. Those are warning lights, but at that stage, it’s of no concern. That’s just a bulb check. But if those warning lights…

Signs You Need Brake Repairs

Signs You Need Brake Repairs

Hint: it’s not just squealing brakes that mean you need brake repairs.   When you’re cruising through town in your Acura, there’s a great source of pride you feel. You’re driving a premium vehicle, full of top-of-the-line luxury features. Your vehicle has incredible performance, accelerating quickly and handling nimbly around every corner. Yet, when you…

Why is Powertrain Warranty Important?

Why is Powertrain Warranty Important?

When you were shopping for your Acura car or SUV, you heard plenty of references to the outstanding powertrain warranty. You read about, or were told about, the amazing 6-year, 70,000-mile powertrain coverage on new Acuras. But maybe it went over your head, or you may not understand why the emphasis on that warranty coverage.…

Make Your Tires Last Longer With These Simple Tips

Make Your Tires Last Longer With These Simple Tips

Oh, those black rubber rings that your car rides on… When your tires are new, your Acura drives so well. You have traction in rain, snow, ice, and on those steamy hot days as well. Yet as you drive longer and further, the tread wears down and your Acura just doesn’t handle as nice anymore.…

Is Rustproofing Necessary for my Acura?

Is Rustproofing Necessary for my Acura?

You’ve made a wise choice to buy an Acura. Acura cars from the RLX to the ILX, and SUVs from the MDX to the RDX are manufactured to the highest standard. That means each part is produced using the highest quality materials, whether the interior fabric, the plastics and moldings, the electrical controls and buttons,…

Why an Extended Warranty is a Great Investment

Why an Extended Warranty is a Great Investment

Whether you drive an Acura TL, TSX, RDX, or ILX, you never have to question the quality of your vehicle. It’s an Acura, and it’s the highest level of precision and performance you’ll find under the Honda umbrella. Yet, even an Acura can have issues at one time or another. With an Acura extended warranty, you…

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

What Does the Check Engine Light Mean?

It sets you on edge. It makes you question whether your vehicle is safe to drive. Are you going to cause problems if you keep going, or is it best to pull over and call roadside assistance? All because of the Check Engine light. It’s a little yellow light that’s roughly the shape of your…