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sen10l 11-17-2009 02:24 PM

Road is icey - how to drive manual without burning the clutch?
 
So you're at the traffic light, the road is icey and you're driving a 426 HP manual rear wheel drive. How do you move forward without riding the clutch or burning it? Thanks!

Camaro509 11-17-2009 02:32 PM

I don't think there is a stock answer other than practice.
Just like taking off regularly if you're new to a manual, take it easy
and you'll get the hang of it in no time at all.

Now taking off on an incline on ice and snow with a manual transmission is a m&*%^#$(@&#r regardless of how well and familiar you are :) So avoid
getting into that particular situation if at all possible...

Luvpilot 11-17-2009 02:38 PM

Start in Second gear :thumbsup:

Michael_Js 11-17-2009 02:44 PM

I remember being in NY when there was ice and slowly giving my car gas and sliding into the curb! :facepalm:

Those were the days! :D Now, we take the 4x4 when we go play in the snow...:laugh:

JMM1181 11-17-2009 02:55 PM

I don't know how the clutch engagement is on the Camaro, but I never hit the gas through the first gear and always try to feather the clutch to engage on it's own into first and then shift quickly into second- what will hurt you will be having to hit the gas at all, especially on a slope say at a red light.

Scott@Bjorn3D 11-17-2009 02:57 PM

Park it for the winter.

S8ER01Z 11-17-2009 04:34 PM

Tires.

I've driven an F-body since 2000 every winter we've had and Illinois Winters are not exactly sunny and warm. :)

With the right tires it's not even a problem. Pick up some blizzacks and it won't matter at all.

lnsjr1 11-17-2009 04:37 PM

Traction control works wonders. My 02'( the few times I got caught in it) worked awsome.

sen10l 11-17-2009 05:21 PM

The question is related to clutching correctly, not to tires per se. I remember riding the clutch slightly last night in my other car because the car wouldn't move forward immediately (don't know why, but there wasn't any ice/snow), usually my foot is completely off the clutch as soon as I'm moving. Then it got me wondering how do you move really slowly in a manual rear wheel drive car?

S8ER01Z 11-18-2009 08:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sen10l (Post 1184935)
The question is related to clutching correctly, not to tires per se. I remember riding the clutch slightly last night in my other car because the car wouldn't move forward immediately (don't know why, but there wasn't any ice/snow), usually my foot is completely off the clutch as soon as I'm moving. Then it got me wondering how do you move really slowly in a manual rear wheel drive car?

Feathering... slowly engage let it roll...engage some more to increment speed.


What do I know though..I only got 112K out of a stock clutch with ~50 passes. :iono:

nemosgt 11-18-2009 03:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Luvpilot (Post 1184220)
Start in Second gear :thumbsup:


This is correct.

Cheers.

nemosgt 11-24-2009 07:40 PM

I would add that you should be able to let the clutch out slowly and not have to add any throttle at all. Try it in the parking lot. It works. Car will move slowly with your foot completely off the gas. This may help. Also keep your traction control on.

Cheers.


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