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Why does a manual transmission make a whirring noise?

June 14th, 2010

Episode 649 of 1068 episodes

When manual transmissions are put in reverse, they produce a loud, whirring noise. What's the culprit? Gears. Marshall Brain explains how helical and spur gears work in manual transmissions in this episode.

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