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Third gear

Third gear

In third gear, a still larger gear on the layshaft increases forward speed still further but reduces torque increase. Third gear is suitable for climbing low gradients, and provides agility in city driving.

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    How manual gearboxes work

    Internal-combustion engines run at high speeds, so a reduction in gearing is necessary to transmit power to the drive wheels, which turn much more slowly. Read more