If you’re like most car owners, the word transmission summons up a world of troubles: leaking fluid, slipping gears, mysterious grinding noises, and urgently flashing check engine lights. It doesn’t help that most drivers have only a vague idea of what goes on inside their transmission system. How exactly does a car’s transmission work? How different is an automatic transmission from a standard transmission? The answers to these questions, however, prove to be surprisingly simple. As this handy infographic shows, understanding how your transmission works is easy. Please share this infographic with any friends and family who are mystified by their cars’ inner workings!