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Feb 08 2007
By: makina1~ Last Guardian 12625 posts
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driving a manual??? step by step

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can someone give me a guide on how to operate a car with manual transmision, a step by step guide

from the moment you enter the car to the moment you exit, slowing down and all that stuff
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Re: driving a manual??? step by step

Feb 9, 2007
I'll bite

STEP 1.            Open the car door.

STEP 2.            Get into the car.

STEP 3.            Attach your safety belt, adjust your review mirror, adjust your side-mirror

STEP 4.            Look at the floorboard; you'll see three pedals. From left to right, they are: clutch, brake, gas.

STEP 5.            Study the simple diagram on the top of the gearshift, which will show you where the gears are. In most new cars, this will look like a three-legged H. First, third and fifth gears are at the tops of the legs; second, fourth and reverse gears are at the bottoms. The crossbar of the H is neutral.

STEP 6.            Make sure the parking brake is engaged and the car is on a flat surface in an area where you have plenty of room.

STEP 7.            Press down on the clutch pedal and then move the gearshift into the neutral position.

STEP 8.            Start the car.

STEP 9.            Keeping the clutch pedal down, put the car into first gear by moving the gearshift to the top-left position.

STEP 10.            Apply the foot brake and release the parking brake.

STEP 11.            Release the foot brake when you're ready to start moving.

STEP 12.            Begin to release the clutch pedal slowly; when you hear or feel the engine begin to slow down, slowly press down on the gas pedal as you continue to release the clutch. The car will start to move forward.

STEP 13.            Accelerate until the car has reached about 3,000 rpm, then take your foot off the gas, press down on the clutch pedal, and pull the gearshift directly down through neutral to second gear. Be sure to pull the gearshift down until it can't go any farther.

STEP 14.            Release the clutch pedal gently, simultaneously pressing down gently on the gas pedal.

STEP 15.            Repeat the shifting process each time you hit 3,000 rpm until you're driving at the appropriate speed. (Third gear is up and to the right; fourth gear is all the way down from there; fifth gear is up to neutral, right and then up again.)

STEP 16.            Downshift by releasing the gas pedal when you want to decrease your speed. Press down on the clutch and move the gearshift through neutral into the next-lower gear (move down only one gear at a time). Once you're in the lower gear, release the clutch slowly and brake as you do so.

STEP 17.            Stop the car by downshifting to second gear and applying the brakes. Apply the clutch just before the car stops. Don't downshift into first.

STEP 18.            Drive in reverse by following the same steps you would for starting in first gear. The reverse gear engages more quickly than first gear, however, so be sure to release the clutch slowly and begin to press the gas pedal as soon as the car begins to move.

STEP 19.            When you reach your destination turn the car off, and apply the parking brake. That way, it won't start rolling as soon as you put it in neutral to start again.

STEP 20.            Unbuckle your safety belt, open the door and exit the car.

You should avoid coasting with the clutch all the way down (called "riding the clutch" ), as this will cause needless wear and tear on the clutch. When stopped at a traffic light, put the gearshift into the neutral position and release the clutch rather than sitting with the clutch engaged.

Hopefully that was helpful.

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Re: driving a manual??? step by step

Feb 9, 2007
awesome thanks

I think Id be able to drive the car already, will read it a few more tames later coz I dont have time now, sweet guide, thanks alot
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Re: driving a manual??? step by step

Feb 9, 2007


Andeddo wrote:
I'll bite

STEP 1.            Open the car door.

STEP 2.            Get into the car.

STEP 3.            Attach your safety belt, adjust your review mirror, adjust your side-mirror

STEP 4.            Look at the floorboard; you'll see three pedals. From left to right, they are: clutch, brake, gas.

STEP 5.            Study the simple diagram on the top of the gearshift, which will show you where the gears are. In most new cars, this will look like a three-legged H. First, third and fifth gears are at the tops of the legs; second, fourth and reverse gears are at the bottoms. The crossbar of the H is neutral.

STEP 6.            Make sure the parking brake is engaged and the car is on a flat surface in an area where you have plenty of room.

STEP 7.            Press down on the clutch pedal and then move the gearshift into the neutral position.

STEP 8.            Start the car.

STEP 9.            Keeping the clutch pedal down, put the car into first gear by moving the gearshift to the top-left position.

STEP 10.            Apply the foot brake and release the parking brake.

STEP 11.            Release the foot brake when you're ready to start moving.

STEP 12.            Begin to release the clutch pedal slowly; when you hear or feel the engine begin to slow down, slowly press down on the gas pedal as you continue to release the clutch. The car will start to move forward.

STEP 13.            Accelerate until the car has reached about 3,000 rpm, then take your foot off the gas, press down on the clutch pedal, and pull the gearshift directly down through neutral to second gear. Be sure to pull the gearshift down until it can't go any farther.

STEP 14.            Release the clutch pedal gently, simultaneously pressing down gently on the gas pedal.

STEP 15.            Repeat the shifting process each time you hit 3,000 rpm until you're driving at the appropriate speed. (Third gear is up and to the right; fourth gear is all the way down from there; fifth gear is up to neutral, right and then up again.)

STEP 16.            Downshift by releasing the gas pedal when you want to decrease your speed. Press down on the clutch and move the gearshift through neutral into the next-lower gear (move down only one gear at a time). Once you're in the lower gear, release the clutch slowly and brake as you do so.

STEP 17.            Stop the car by downshifting to second gear and applying the brakes. Apply the clutch just before the car stops. Don't downshift into first.

STEP 18.            Drive in reverse by following the same steps you would for starting in first gear. The reverse gear engages more quickly than first gear, however, so be sure to release the clutch slowly and begin to press the gas pedal as soon as the car begins to move.

STEP 19.            When you reach your destination turn the car off, and apply the parking brake. That way, it won't start rolling as soon as you put it in neutral to start again.

STEP 20.            Unbuckle your safety belt, open the door and exit the car.

You should avoid coasting with the clutch all the way down (called "riding the clutch" ), as this will cause needless wear and tear on the clutch. When stopped at a traffic light, put the gearshift into the neutral position and release the clutch rather than sitting with the clutch engaged.

Hopefully that was helpful.

*edit spelling and formatting


Message Edited by Andeddo on 02-08-2007 06:24 PM


You forgot to close the car door after entered... I'm just kidding... 
 
When begin to release the clutch pedal (step 12), the key word that I used to teach people is thinking Tai Chi slow....
 
 
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Re: driving a manual??? step by step

Feb 9, 2007
stay on flat ground until your comfortable with using the clutch though. starting off on a hill can be a bit more challenging to someone new at it.
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