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Old 16-Sep-2003, 05:15 PM
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i am a new driver to the 5 speed world..when i start up in first, the car is jerking a lot, cause i am not giving it enuf gas..i am concerned about burning hte clutch....or should i slowly rev and then let go of the clutch and then drive...but doesn't that burn the clutch
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i usually rev to like 1500 and let the clutch out somewhat fast... not clutch burn no shimmy.... its an art you'll get it with practice
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Originally posted by PunkInDrublic
i usually rev to like 1500 and let the clutch out somewhat fast... not clutch burn no shimmy.... its an art you'll get it with practice
practice makes perfect
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Originally posted by cxtasy


practice makes perfect

correct, practice does make perfect!!
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but when i downshift, nad i am in4th ,i usually just push the cluth down and rev a bit ,and tghen drop it to a lower gear, ....

thats correct rite...or do i minus the rev before i drop it.....

and is that bad....and also, whenever i come to a stop or about to stop ,i put the car in neutral....correct me if i am wrong
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thast fine nuetral or put it in first and leave the clutch pedal depressed same thing as nuetral.....when staring in first, rev up to 4 grand and drop the clutch thats how i do...it also explain why cops love me so much....yea its all about feathering at low rpm liek 1500
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I say burn the clutch a little when you first start. Accustom yourself to the point of engagement without giving gas to the car and have the car roll forward. Then when it moves forward, depress the clutch again and repeat.

Do it a few times until you're comfortable, then release clutch and gas (lightly) at the same time. Of course do the practicing before hand somewhere that isn't busy
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Originally posted by ryuujin
I say burn the clutch a little when you first start. Accustom yourself to the point of engagement without giving gas to the car and have the car roll forward. Then when it moves forward, depress the clutch again and repeat.

Do it a few times until you're comfortable, then release clutch and gas (lightly) at the same time. Of course do the practicing before hand somewhere that isn't busy
this is hard to do but the best way to learn
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two things to a newbie 5spd driver... at a light, put the car in neutral and let the clutch out. keeping the clutch in, there is a bearing that works when it doesn't have to, and it will prematurely fail. I forget the name of the bearing now :banghead

second thing, if you are downshifting in normal driving, it's okay to not rev the engine before engaging the clutch. However, in racing or high rpm driving, the synchros have more work to do, so you can help them out by double clutching, so hit the clutch, put tranny in neutral, let the clutch out, rev the engine, put the clutch in and throw it in a lower gear, and let the clutch out while the engine is still revving. This takes a lot of practice as well, and it all happens in under a second.

revs are not necessary to get the car moving... I can get the car going w/o any gas at all... practice this. it will become second nature.
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Man you guys and reving the RPMs 1st before letting the clutch out I do that SOMETIMES but only cuz my gas peddle is a little "sticky".

I can start off from a dead stop (in to 1st) without reving the engine.

What I have found is a good way to learn (my buddy taught me) is to slowly let the clutch out while in 1st gear until the car starts moving. Of course if you keep on letting the clutch out the car will eventually bog and jerk and stall. So at that point where you see/feel the car start to move is the point at which the clutch is starting to "bite". That's when you start easing on the gas. You have to do both equally (letting out clutch and applying gas) otherwise you'll either A) stall B) rev the engine so much that you'll do a burn out

It takes practice like everyone has said.
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Originally posted by Slvr-Bullet
What I have found is a good way to learn (my buddy taught me) is to slowly let the clutch out while in 1st gear until the car starts moving. Of course if you keep on letting the clutch out the car will eventually bog and jerk and stall.
no it won't... if you keep releasing the clutch slowly, the car gets more and more momentum, and you can let it out completely w/o ever touching the gas that's what I was saying...
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"no gas method." by easing up on the clutch slowly until you begin to move forward slowly.
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i learnt how to drive on my old tempo and went through the clutch in about a year.... i got to a point where i got fed up with doing it right and i would just rev then dump clutch and off i go.... then eventually you learn to do it right.... by the time igot my civic i was a champ though
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Drive on a slope, engage into 1st gear, release clutch slowly with no gas applied. This will practice the strangth of your left foot on how to control the clutch. If the slope becomes too steep where gas has to be applied, do that also to balance the car on the slope in a stationary position.

Drive a lot on Avenue Road, it is fun.
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the balancing act on a hill is bad for the clutch... that's what brakes are for
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Originally posted by bbarbulo
the balancing act on a hill is bad for the clutch... that's what brakes are for

or an auto tranny

they are meant to be used and abused much like an old french *****
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