Driving a manual transmission car
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Driving a manual transmission is a task that takes some training, but can be accomplished by pretty much anyone who puts their mind to it. Driving a manual transmission smoothly, especially one in a truck or other large vehicle, takes some knowledge and finesse. Larger vehicles, with a manual transmission are more difficult to drive smoothly because of the larger engine, more rigid transmission, and heavy flywheel, but anyone can learn to drive any manual transmission vehicle with enough training and practice.
– Move the gearstick into neutral by putting it in between third and fourth gear.
When you’re in neutral, the gearstick should move freely from left to right.
– Depress the clutch fully and Start the car.
Even though you’re already in neutral, depressing the clutch before starting the engine prevents the car jumping forward if you forgot to do step 1.
– Next, push the gearstick into the first gear and slowly release the clutch and add to the accelerator, until it begins to engage slightly. You notice a point reaches that the head of the car in front of your sight jolts up a bit and there will be a slight decrease in the engine’s RPM. Release the handbrake at this point but don’t release the clutch fully.
– Continue to slowly release the clutch as you press on the accelerator slowly. Keep the RPMs only slightly above idle: manage this with the throttle as you consistently release the clutch with your left foot.
– While accelerating, determine when you need to shift up a gear by the engine’s speed. When your engine RPM starts to get above the normal range (about 2500-3000rpm commonly), you usually need to change gear.
Note that when you need to accelerate quickly or climb uphill, you should usually let the engine rev higher than when accelerating on a flat surface or you’ll “lug” the engine which will lead to ignition timing problems.
– Begin the shifting process by removing your foot from the accelerator and depressing the clutch.
Make sure that clutch is fully depressed before moving the gearstick or you may grind the gears.
– Move the gearstick to the next highest gear, Release the clutch and add the throttle. As with starting out, the clutch and throttle should be managed together to ensure a smooth shift, although generally when the car is already moving, you can release the clutch a little more quickly than when starting off.
– Put both hands back on the steering wheel.
Why? You will have better control of the vehicle if you’re going round a corner.
When you change gear, you’re pushing a selector fork against a rotating collar and you then push that collar into the gear you want to be in. If you hold the gearstick, you have a stationery object (the selector fork) that is being pushed against a spinning collar and you will wear out this selector fork due to the pressure being applied to it.
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