Transaxle = Transmission? Same thing

Posted by Spanky12345, Jun 6, 2005
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    Is the transaxle and the transmission the same thing?
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    Yes - but technically, our cars have transaxles.
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    I believe it's called trans exle because its a tranversall gear box,meaning from side to side.where as the sr20det,jgze's type are called transmissions because the y ar from front to back of the car.regardless your transaxle is a transmission.one more point i believe i was leaving out is that a tranmission has the differential seperate from the gear box.someone correct me if i'm wrong.
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    NO. i don't know the exact difference but i believe the transaxle is used mainly for FWD and AWD. A transmission is used for RWD models. A transaxle also has a transfer case attached to it. once again don't know the exact difference but there are.
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    The difference lies in the fact that there's a transmission and a differential inside the transaxle unit, whereas standard tranmissions do not have differentials. A RWD relies on a differential inside the rear axle - FWD's and most AWD's have differentials in the transaxle to drive the front wheels.

    As a side effect, most transaxles are mounted transversely, while most transmissions are mounted longitudinally.
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    The guy at the "City Garage" said the transmission was "sealed." So I take he is a dunb-ass and they I can flush and refill the transmission flid of my 1G DSM NTon-turbo without much hassle?
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    trans - axle is when the transmission and axle are the same unit

    FWD is usually a transaxle

    our AWD has a front transaxle and rear axle

    most RWD have front transmission and rear axle
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