What is a Gearbox?

The gearbox is a mechanical device used to increase the output torque or to change the speed (RPM) of a motor. The shaft of the motor is connected to one end of the gearbox and through the internal configuration of gears of a gearbox, provides a given output torque and speed determined by the gear ratio.

The Necessity of a Gearbox

To maintain engine speed on all conditions of load and vehicle speed, the gearbox uses a system to maintain engine speed, while sacrificing the same road speed. To enable the engine to run faster on-road wheels as well as to multiply the torque, a gearbox is required.

Parts of Gearbox

1. Clutch Shaft / Driving Shaft / Input Shaft

A clutch shaft is a shaft that takes power from the engine to supply another shaft. The clutch shaft or driving shaft is connected through the clutch and when the clutch is engaged, the driving shaft also rotates. Only one gear is fixed on the clutch shaft and this engine rotates with the same speed as the crankshaft. In addition, the driving shaft and main shaft are in the same line.

2. Counter Shaft / Lay shaft

The counter shaft is a shaft that connects directly to the clutch shaft. It has gear which connects it to the clutch shaft as well as the main shaft. It can be run at engine speed or below engine speed according to gear ratio.

3. Main Shaft / Output Shaft

The main shaft or output shaft that rotates at different speeds and also provides the necessary torque to the vehicle. The output shaft is a splined shaft, so that the gear or synchronizer can be moved to engage or disengage.

4. Bearings

The bearings are required to support the rotating part and reduce friction. The gear box has both a counter and main shaft which is supported by the bearing.

5. Gears

Gears are used to transmitting the power from one shaft to another shaft. The amount of torque transmitted through the gears depends on the number of teeth and the size of the gears. Higher the gear ratio, higher the torque / acceleration and lower the speed. All gears except those on the main shaft are fixed to their respective shafts; they can slide in any of the directions along the shaft.

6. Gear Selector Fork

Gear selectors are simple devices that use a lever that selects gears to engage in disengage mechanisms. The motion of the lever slides the engaging part on the shaft. It depends on the type of gearbox whether the lever slides the gear or synchronizer that are already forged along the main shaft.

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