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10 Things You Should Never Do If You Are Using A Manual Car

10 Things You Should Never Do If You Are Using A Manual Car
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Driving a manual car is not hard as it seems initially. When it comes to driving a manual transmission vehicle, the act can be seen as both an art and a science wrapped up in one gear banging package. While driving a car with a stick shift can be a load of fun, there are some natural tendencies that you might do out of habit and you should avoid. Read below and find out which ones they are.

Ten Bad Habits You Should Avoid When Driving Manual Vehicles

Use The Gear Lever As Hand Rest

Don't use the gear lever as hand rest
You should avoid using the gear lever as hand rest.

We only see the gear lever, what’s happening within the manual transmission is not visible to us. While changing gears with the gear lever, the selector fork, which is stationary within the manual transmission is pushed against the rotating collar, and the collar is pressed into the gear that you want to choose. Resting your hand on the gear lever may cause the selector fork to come in contact with the rotating collar and thus causing premature failure of the selector fork.

Use The Clutch To Hold Yourself On A Hill

It wears out your friction material and clutch. There are many ways to avoid rolling down a hill without holding the clutch in. This practice will not only wear down the car’s transmission mechanism but also influence the car’s free roll practice that is supposed to let the car move swiftly.

Rest Your Foot On The Clutch Pedal 

Resting your foot on the clutch pedal would cause the clutch to engage only partially and hence result in slippage. This would not only reduce the fuel efficiency due to loss in transmission energy, it would also cause the clutch to wear out prematurely. Another component that may get damaged due to this is throw out bearing that may contact the diaphragm bearing only partially.

Floor The Gas Pedal When Your Engine Is At A Low RPM

Don’t floor the gas pedal
Flooring the gas pedal is not a smart driving habit.

Flooring the gas pedal is meant to make the car pick speed and move faster. However, for that to happen, the car needs to pick enough gas to able to pick speed and go through the normal shifts. Flooring the gas pedal while at low RPM is bad for the car. It’s unhealthy for your engine. Rather than flooring it while you’re in 5th gear, just downshift! If you don’t, it will cause major problems for you in the long run.

Rest Your Foot On The Clutch When Driving

Don’t rest your foot on the clutch when driving
Resting your foot on the clutch when driving may cause danger.

The clutch aids in picking the right gear for the right speed gain. Most people have a tendency of keeping their foot resting on the clutch pedal as the car moves so that they don’t have to move their leg at the point of gear change. This is wrong. It will wear out your clutch. Resting your foot on the clutch is a bad habit to get into, so try and avoid it as much as possible.

Use Clutch Bite Point To Hold On An Incline 

While on an incline, many people release the clutch until the bite point and feather the throttle to stay steady on the incline and keep the car rolling backwards. This would result in the great wear of the friction material of the clutch and you would need to replace it prematurely. Cars with the hill hold feature tend to hold the car for about 2-3 seconds after driver release the brake pedal.

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Use Incorrect Gear To Gain Speed

Things you should never do if you are using a manual car
You should go through the gears progressively to gain speed.

The top gear of your car would let you cruise at higher speed at low engine RPM and thereby save fuel. However, to gain speed you would need to go through the gears progressively to prevent the engine from undue strain. You may strain the engine in two ways, first, if might be using a lower gear at higher car speed causing the engine to reach the red line. It’s better to progress to a higher gear before the reaching the red line or when the gear indicator tells you to do so.

Keep Your Car In Gear When You Are At A Stop Light

For most city dwellers, there will be averagely traffic stops at for every 1km in the city centre. Keeping your gears engaged while at the traffic lights has an effect on the car since the gear engaged and the vehicle isn’t moving. Your clutch will suffer from unnecessary wear and tear. When you put your car in neutral at a stop light, you’re lessening the general wear on your clutch.

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Shift Without Engaging The Clutch

The clutch disengages the engine from the transmission every time you push in the pedal. The clutch unit is the friction disc that is used to transmit power from the engine to the transmission, so in order to shift gears, you have to disconnect the engine from the trans so you can shift. Shifting gears without engaging the clutch not only damages the transmission system but has dire consequences on the engines as well.

Brake Without Your Clutch

The clutch helps in gear engagement. It is also important when toning down greats to stop. When braking, do not dis-engage the clutch until the very end. By keeping the motor engaged for as long as possible in a break maneuver, you use as much of the natural resistance of the car as possible, creating a shorter stopping distance and reduced wear on your brakes.

Final Verdict

We can say the ultimate test of a “real man” is one who can drive stick (A manual transmission car). The art of driving a manual transmission car in an era where automatic cars are very popular is critical. Good reasonably priced manual cars that can be a thrill for this kind of experience are available at our used cars stock.

 

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103 thoughts on “10 Things You Should Never Do If You Are Using A Manual Car

  • June 3, 2016 at 8:01 am
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    I can attest to all these points. But some of us are in a hurry to go I don’t know where, and we fall into all these traps. Apologies to my EP82, I am guilty of all these at some point or the other.

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    • July 14, 2016 at 4:06 pm
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      Thank you for sharing your comment.

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        • September 24, 2017 at 4:32 am
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  • July 12, 2016 at 2:25 am
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    I just got a manual car. Thanks for the advice about not keeping your car in gear when you are at a stop light. Hopefully, I can also find some discount transmission parts so that I can repair my car.

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  • July 12, 2016 at 9:02 pm
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    Very informative
    thanks

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  • July 17, 2016 at 5:10 am
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    Thanks for the great tips! Do you have any top 10 for auto-transmission vehicles?

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  • July 23, 2016 at 12:22 am
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    such anice lesson to mi ,thx

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  • July 23, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    Have really learnt something useful. Thanks

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    • July 23, 2016 at 9:04 pm
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  • July 24, 2016 at 2:02 pm
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    Thank u for the tips

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  • July 24, 2016 at 2:28 pm
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    Hallo, am Mr. Njoroge from kenya now I would like to know how I can buy a car via online.

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  • July 25, 2016 at 3:40 pm
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    The best advices ever, be Blessed alot, send me more tips plz.

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  • July 27, 2016 at 11:12 pm
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    am very happy 4 da lesson thks am muluuta Quraish from uganda

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  • July 30, 2016 at 10:48 pm
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    Good teaching ,i like them continue reminding us

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  • August 2, 2016 at 12:54 pm
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    thank you. can you also help, what causes gear number 5 to pop out.

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  • August 12, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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  • August 30, 2016 at 6:53 pm
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  • August 30, 2016 at 9:39 pm
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    Every insightful.

    Thanks so much.

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:29 pm
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      Thank you for your encouragement, we will keep on the good work.

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  • August 30, 2016 at 10:02 pm
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    Thanks for advice, wanna buy another manual transmission car; Rav4 or Land Rover Discovery. What should I do?

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    • January 24, 2017 at 12:28 pm
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      That’s will makeus compented drivers.

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      Thank you for your comment. Amos

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm
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      Thank you for your comment, Lewis.

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  • August 31, 2016 at 5:37 am
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    am so much impressed…pls teach me more on clutch coasting

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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      Thank you for your encouragement, we will keep on the good work.

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  • August 31, 2016 at 5:17 pm
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    Thanks for the information

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm
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      Thank you for your comment Ismail.

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  • August 31, 2016 at 8:49 pm
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    INFORMATIVE INDEED. THANK YOU

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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  • September 1, 2016 at 3:44 am
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    Hi, I like to ask regarding the 2nd tip, how to hold on the hill to avoid rolling back while on the road and to avoid hitting another car at the back, what I mean is that while you are in the middle of a cue of cars

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    • September 9, 2016 at 5:26 pm
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  • January 18, 2017 at 9:23 pm
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    Thanks for keeping us informed about taking care of a manual car. To my question, at what mileage does one know that a car’s engine has outlived its usefulness?

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  • January 19, 2017 at 9:49 pm
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    i love cars but i don hv money to buy one…..how can you help me get one.

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  • January 20, 2017 at 4:27 am
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    Guilty of all points!…now i have known why i keep on replacing ma clutch after just 1yr!!…very timely advice!.

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  • January 20, 2017 at 6:29 am
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    That’s great I’ve got a mark ll manual gearbox but I just changed it from auto is there any problem with this? I love manual cars but I like mark ll

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  • January 20, 2017 at 4:28 pm
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    Thank you, good tips

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  • January 28, 2017 at 1:52 am
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  • February 17, 2017 at 3:55 am
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    Nice article, I concur with everything said. Driving a manual car is really an exciting task. We actually feel as though we are “driving” when operating a stick shift. An informative guide can be found here as well… check it out.

    http://carnewbie.com/how-to-drive-a-stick-shift

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  • October 20, 2017 at 4:02 pm
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    Thanks for good advice, How we can use a manual transmission car.

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  • November 21, 2017 at 7:59 pm
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    This information has for real widened my understanding in dealing with the manual transmission vehicles and I found my self guilty of these points somewhere.
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