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Old 01-04-2009, 02:38 PM   #1
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Tips on Driving a Manual Trans

What to do, and what not to do. Kinda thought this would make a good self help/reference thread for Manuals since I haven't found one that fits this.

But onto my actual issue, quoted from Auto or Manual

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I'm on the fence about the Manual. My only experience has been driving 5 speed Turf Cushman Trucksters from Textron. Those had 3 cyl diesel engines and were pretty beefy, but did NOT have any hydualic assist on the clutch or shifter. You had to find everything and I was pretty good at it too.

But I also developed the habit of leaving it in 4th and never downshifting (very torquey engine). So I'd just pop the clutch in and ride her to idle and then downshift to neutral again while breaking. (Foot off gas, clutch in while slowly tapping the brakes) Funny thing about that engine was that once the clutch was pushed in, the throttle would drop to idle.

As to other cars, I don't know if this is the same. Sooo

On a manual car/truck
When you let off the throttle and depress the clutch and brake, does the engine rev up when you throw it into neutral as it winds down?
How smooth are modern hydraulic assist trans?
How smooth are the clutch and can you feel them slip in and out of gear?
Anything else you guys can answer me about the Manual trans off of 4th gens?

Parents kinda kicked me away from manuals since I started driving. They've always had bad experiences with them so..yeah.

Cushman Trucksters
This is the manual set up I was trained on:
Clutch EFI Model: Diesel Models: 7.1 in. (180 mm), single disc and pressure plate

Transmission, Manual: Five-speed truck manual transmission with low-low (creeper) first gear; synchronized in all forward gears

Rear Axel: 11.16:1 ratio, two-speed transaxle; 7.1 in. (180 mm) hypoid ring gear; bevel differential gears; integral 3.2:1 auxiliary gear set; semi-floating axles with splined five-bolt wheel hubs; heavy-duty wheel bearings

I also have the transmission on my bike (minus 1st gear) so I kind of know how to shift in traffic. Still a pain as many say.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:45 PM   #3
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I never learned how to drive a manual either. :(

My dad's '93 Saturn SW2 died before I could learn.
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Old 01-04-2009, 02:54 PM   #4
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Old 01-04-2009, 03:18 PM   #5
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Gee, can we avoid sarcastic comments like these? This isn't 4chan, kid.
no offense, but he's right. you shift. clutch in, give it gas, clutch out, clutch in, shift to new gear, give it gas, clutch out. rinse and repeat.


you can read all day long about how to drive a stick. but until you go out there and kill it a few times you wont learn how to do it.
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+1. it's mostly trial & error. if you can get rolling in first, the rest of the gears are usually a piece of cake.
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+1. it's mostly trial & error. if you can get rolling in first, the rest of the gears are usually a piece of cake.
till you need to stop on a hill.....
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Gee, can we avoid sarcastic comments like these? This isn't 4chan, kid.
I have never learned to drive stick yet. Partly because I cant drive. But I kind of understand what to do. I have to agree you have to go out there and mess arround with it on a back street or your driveway.
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I have never learned to drive stick yet. Partly because I cant drive. But I kind of understand what to do. I have to agree you have to go out there and mess arround with it on a back street or your driveway.
i'd been driving a stick for a year when i was your age. just find a good friend with one (and really trusts you) & ask them to teach you. it really helped when i took my driving test already knowing how to drive for almost 5 years.
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i'd been driving a stick for a year when i was your age. just find a good friend with one (and really trusts you) & ask them to teach you. it really helped when i took my driving test already knowing how to drive for almost 5 years.
Yea i was suprised when my neighbor told me to drive his 40 some thousand $ truck around in his yard with a trailer when landscaping but he has all autos except for his moms jeep. My brother has a 5 speed g5.
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Old 01-04-2009, 07:00 PM   #11
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And don't let the clutch out too slowly. Unless you like buying clutches... and the burnt clutch smell.
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I just drove stick for the first time today, and it was actually really fun. Once it got rolling, thing got easy (well, about as easy as they will get in an 80's Mazda Pickup). Drove from a movie store to the house, about 8 miles, full of twists, turns, stops, and goes. Mom said I did good. I'm not even going to try to give advice on it, I'll just say, it's way more fun than an auto, IMVHO
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Old 01-04-2009, 10:09 PM   #13
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totally I hate slush boxes feels like your not involved...sticks all the way!! like the rest of the guys said you just gotta get in there and do it!!
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Now that we've established that it is mostly trial and error, who wants to loan me their manual?
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Old 08-16-2009, 07:18 PM   #16
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Put it in 1st gear hold the clutch ease on the gas as your letting off the clutch slowly you will feel where the clutch starts to grab and as the clutch grabs ease more into the gas until you have fully let out on the clutch pedal same for the rest of the gears except not as much gas. The ride will be jerky but you will get the hang of it and will get better and better just be carefull stopping on inclines you will have to hold the brake pedal and do all of this but you will also get use to that too! Hope this helps
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Old 08-16-2009, 08:00 PM   #17
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if you can afford to get a Pc steering wheel with a 3 pedal setup (logitech g25) and Rfactor pc racing sim you can practice that way. Learn with no fear since a simple reset is all needed if you wreck.

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I wonder if the decline in manual-transmission use is due to a general decline in interest in driving, or if people realized that if you become one of those manual-transmission guys you have to become a jerk and look upon the rest of the world in hatred and spite?

Seriously, have you ever noticed how any time someone expresses interest in learning how to drive a manual transmission, those who already can come out and start mocking the people and telling them that they're not real drivers and should just go buy a Prius because they suck? Someone tries to learn and they attack them for asking. Then they go on and whine that no one drives a manual transmission.
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I wonder if the decline in manual-transmission use is due to a general decline in interest in driving, or if people realized that if you become one of those manual-transmission guys you have to become a jerk and look upon the rest of the world in hatred and spite?

Seriously, have you ever noticed how any time someone expresses interest in learning how to drive a manual transmission, those who already can come out and start mocking the people and telling them that they're not real drivers and should just go buy a Prius because they suck? Someone tries to learn and they attack them for asking. Then they go on and whine that no one drives a manual transmission.
Unfortunately, happens all the time on these threads. I would recommend a professional driving course. They will teach you how to really handle a manual so that you will both enjoy driving and be a better driver.
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Christ.. necrothread much? I completely forgot I started this one until I saw it again. O_O

But yeah, since I posted that I've more or less relearned and just wait now for a Camaro. Guh.. that part still sucks.

As does.. nevermind. Ix-nay on the istina-Chray
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I think alot of people commute every day and thats why you are seeing more and more kids getting their parents hand me down cars and never learning how to drive a manual. I thinks everyone should atleast learn how to and I am willing to teach anyone who wants to if your ever in the houston area hit me up and I will give you a lesson in my camaro.
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same here - if anyone's in the nashville/murfreesboro area, just let me know
hopefully the truck will be running by then
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I think alot of people commute every day and thats why you are seeing more and more kids getting their parents hand me down cars and never learning how to drive a manual. I thinks everyone should atleast learn how to and I am willing to teach anyone who wants to if your ever in the houston area hit me up and I will give you a lesson in my camaro.
been trying to learn but 3 years late hahha wish i would of saw this
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I taught my friend to drive a manual in 15 minutes. I had him first just let the clutch out slowly until it started to grab and then push it back so the truck wouldn't stall. I had him do this a few times to get the feel of it and how the truck would react. Then I had him drive around a parking lot in 1st only so he would figure out when to push in the clutch to turn and when to let it out while giving it some gas. After that I told him to hit the streets and he was good from then on.
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