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How to Drive Manual
Edited by Ben Rubenstein, Krystle, Sondra C, Nick and 94 others

Have you ever wanted to learn at least the basics of how to drive a manual
transmission? Luckily, the basic concepts of starting to move a manual
transmission car and shifting through the gears is a process anyone can learn.
This guide will help you out so that when you do get in a manual car, you won't
look too bad....

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Try to get on level ground. Put your seatbelt on once you get in. While learning, it's
better to roll down the windows. This helps to better hear the engine sound and adjust the
gear changes accordingly.

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This layout is the same for both left hand drive and right hand drive vehicles.jpg http://pad2.whstatic.com/images/thumb/3/3a/Drive-Manual-Step-3-preview. In a manual car.com/images/thumb/3/3a/Drive-Manual-Step-3preview.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-3-preview.net/1/1f/Drive Manual Step 3. …60% 2 Identify the pedals.mp4 . 20%.cloudfront. there are three.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-3-preview. the middle one is the brake.  http://pad1.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n. o The one on the far left is the clutch .12…6 seek to 10%.whstatic. and then the gas/accelerator is on the far right (CBA).360p.

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360p.net/7/78/Drive Manual Step 4.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-4-preview.jpg http://pad2.whstatic.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-4-preview. the clutch must be depressed.mp4 .cloudfront.3 Learn what the clutch does: o The clutch disengages the spinning engine from the spinning wheels and allows you to switch gears without grinding the teeth of each separate gear. o Before you switch gears (moving up or down).whstatic.com/images/thumb/c/cf/Drive-Manual-Step-4-preview.  http://pad3.com/images/thumb/c/cf/Drive-Manual-Step-4preview.

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com/images/thumb/e/ea/Drive-Manual-Step-5preview.com/images/thumb/e/ea/Drive-Manual-Step-5-preview.cloudfront. next to the brake pedal) fully to the floor with your left foot.360p.net/b/b6/Drive Manual Step 5.whstatic.4 Adjust the seat position forward enough to allow you to press the clutch pedal (the left pedal.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.mp4 .whstatic.jpg http://pad2.  http://pad1.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-5-preview.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-5-preview.

whstatic. spaceplay / pause escstop ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari) ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek .00:05 -00:0300:09 Paste this HTML code on your site to embed. 20%. This would also be a good time to take note of how the travel of the clutch pedal differs from that of the brake and gas.jpg . …60% 5 Press the clutch pedal and hold it to the floor. and it is a good idea to get used to slowly and steadily releasing the clutch pedal.com/images/thumb/d/db/Drive-Manual-Step-6-preview.  http://pad3.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-6-preview.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-6-preview.jpg http://pad3.whstatic. seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%.com/images/thumb/d/db/Drive-Manual-Step-6preview.

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jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-7-preview.whstatic.com/images/thumb/3/33/Drive-Manual-Step-7-preview. …60% 6 Move the gear shift knob to neutral.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.whstatic.mp4 .cloudfront.  http://pad2.com/images/thumb/3/33/Drive-Manual-Step-7preview.12…6 seek to 10%. or o the clutch pedal is fully depressed.jpg http://pad3. This is the middle position that feels free when moved from side to side.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-7-preview. 20%. The vehicle is considered out of gear when: o the gear shift is in the neutral position.net/a/a5/Drive Manual Step 7.360p.

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jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-8-preview. making sure to keep the clutch pedal held to the floor.com/images/thumb/e/e0/Drive-Manual-Step-8preview.7 Start the engine with the key.360p.whstatic.mp4 .jpg http://pad2.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-8-preview.cloudfront.net/b/bf/Drive Manual Step 8.whstatic.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.com/images/thumb/e/e0/Drive-Manual-Step-8-preview.  http://pad3.

com/images/thumb/9/93/Drive-Manual-Step-9preview.  http://pad1.com/images/thumb/9/93/Drive-Manual-Step-9-preview. you can remove your foot from the clutch pedal (as long as it is in neutral).jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-9-preview.jpg http://pad3.00:01 -00:0100:02 Paste this HTML code on your site to embed.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-9-preview. 20%.whstatic.whstatic.jpg . seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%. …60% 8 Once the engine is started. spaceplay / pause escstop ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari) ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek .

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360p.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-10-preview.net/f/fa/Drive Manual Step 10. 20%.com/images/thumb/1/18/Drive-Manual-Step-10preview.  http://pad1.mp4 .com/images/thumb/1/18/Drive-Manual-Step-10-preview.jpg http://pad1. It should be the upper left position.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.12…6 seek to 10%.whstatic.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-10-preview. and there should be some kind of visual layout of the gear pattern on top of the gear shift knob. …60% 9 Press the clutch to the floor again and move the gear shift knob to first gear.whstatic.cloudfront.

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Repeat this several times until you can instantly recognize the sound.cloudfront.mp4 .  http://pad1.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-11-preview.com/images/thumb/3/32/Drive-Manual-Step-11preview.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-11-preview.jpg http://pad1.net/9/92/Drive Manual Step 11. This is the friction point.whstatic.10 Slowly lift your foot up from the clutch pedal until you hear the engine speed begin to drop.whstatic.360p.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n. then push it back in.com/images/thumb/3/32/Drive-Manual-Step-11-preview.

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11 In order to get moving. Balance the light downward pressure on the accelerator with slowly releasing pressure on the clutch pedal. Always be ready to pull the hand brake to stop in emergency till you have learned.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-12-preview.com/images/thumb/7/7e/Drive-Manual-Step-12preview.net/c/cf/Drive Manual Step 12. At this point the car will start to move. lift your foot up from the clutch pedal until the RPMs (revs) drop slightly and apply light pressure to the accelerator (GAS).jpg http://pad2.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-12-preview. o If you release the clutch too quickly the car will stall.cloudfront. This process may be a little difficult at first because you are new to the 3 pedals in manual. You will probably have to do this several times to find the right combination of pressure up and down. If the engine sounds like it is going to stall.mp4 .com/images/thumb/7/7e/Drive-Manual-Step-12-preview. It is best to have the engine rev just enough to prevent stalling as the clutch pedal is let up.360p. Excessive engine speed while the clutch is between fully up and fully depressed will wear out the clutch parts prematurely resulting in slippage or smoking of the clutch parts at the transmission.whstatic. then hold the clutch where it is or even push it further in slightly.whstatic.  http://pad1. Another way of doing it is to release the clutch until the moment during which the engine revs down a little and then applying pressure on the accelerator (TO FIND THE BITING POINT).

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jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-13-preview.360p.mp4 .cloudfront.whstatic. Your engine will begin to race and speed up.whstatic.com/images/thumb/1/15/Drive-Manual-Step-13preview. Remember though that it depends fully on the car you are driving what RPM the tachometer will reach before you must change gear.jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n. Apply pressure downward on the clutch pedal and guide the gear shift knob straight down from 1st gear into the bottom left position.jpg http://pad1. when your RPM reaches about 2500 to 3000. it is time to shift into second gear.12 When driving. o Some cars have a "Shift Light" or indications on the speedometer that will tell you when you need to shift so you don't rev the engine too fast.com/images/thumb/1/15/Drive-Manual-Step-13-preview.net/4/41/Drive Manual Step 13. and you must learn to recognize this noise.  http://pad2.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-13-preview.

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20%.00:04 -00:0100:05 Paste this HTML code on your site to embed. Resting your foot on the clutch pedal is a bad habit. and applies pressure to the clutch mechanism — the increased pressure could allow the clutch to wear prematurely. seek to previous 12…6 seek to 10%. …60% 14 Once in gear and on the gas you should completely remove your foot from the clutch pedal.whstatic.jpg http://pad1.jpg . spaceplay / pause escstop ffullscreen shift + ←→slower / faster (latest Chrome and Safari) ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek .whstatic.com/images/thumb/7/75/Drive-Manual-Step-15-preview.  http://pad1.com/images/thumb/7/75/Drive-Manual-Step-15preview.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-15-preview.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-15-preview.

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jpg http://d5kh2btv85w9n. 20%. release right foot off accelerator to the brake pedal and press down as much as required and as you slow to about 10 mph you will feel the car about to start shaking and vibrating.12…6 seek to 10%.jpg/550px-Drive-Manual-Step-16-preview. Press the clutch pedal fully down and move the gear shift to neutral to prevent stalling.whstatic.jpg/240pxDrive-Manual-Step-16-preview.360p.net/7/70/Drive Manual Step 16. …60% 15 When you have to stop.cloudfront.mp4 .com/images/thumb/4/44/Drive-Manual-Step-16-preview.whstatic.  http://pad3.com/images/thumb/4/44/Drive-Manual-Step-16preview.jpg http://pad3.

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and repeat the steps to starting off. making the release of the parking brake iffy. wait for the engine to return to idle. it is not advisable to leave a car for a long time with a handbrake (parking brake) pulled on. Moisture will freeze. driving a manual is fun. Pause at the friction point (the part where the engine starts to move the car) and continue slowly pulling the clutch out. in addition to the parking brake. or the engine is sputtering.16 Once you have mastered it.  If you are having difficulty starting the car from a stop.  If your car seems like it is going to stall.  You may want to apply first gear when the car is parked. . make sure that you are slowly letting off the clutch. then push in the clutch again. You now can rev the engine in any gear for a sportier feel or for a greener pace choose to shift gears at lower rpms. you should eventually be able to tell when to change gears without relying on the tachometer.  During sub freezing temperatures.  Make sure you push the clutch all the way in before shifting to the next gear. Edit Video Edit Tips  Learn to recognize the sounds of your engine.

It is not a bad idea to do this all the time.  When you stalled the engine many times and try to start it back again. become worn with age and may not be able to keep your vehicle in place if a hill is too steep. but this is not recommended as this can cause excessive wear on the clutch. Edit Warnings  Keep an eye on the tachometer until you are comfortable with a manual.  Two other descriptions mean the same thing as "manual transmission"--"stick shift" and "standard. Over rev the engine."  If there is no gear position posted on the shifter. . give the starter and the battery a break of 5 to 10 minutes to avoid overheating and damage to the starter and discharging the battery completely. and severe damage to the engine may result. carry a brick or rock in your car to be placed behind your wheel (carefully). like all parts of the car. A manual transmission requires much more responsibility than an automatic. The last thing you want is to back into something (or someone) when you think you've shifted into first gear.  It is strongly recommended to stop completely before going from reverse to another gear. If you know ahead of time that you will be parking on a sharp incline. make sure to ask someone who is familiar with the vehicle how the gears are arranged. parking brakes. However it is possible on most manual transmissions to shift into first or possibly second when the car is moving backwards at a slow speed.

 Try to watch if you are on a hill or a steep area. Русский: ездить с механической коробкой передач. Rock20000 In other languages: Español: Cómo manejar manual. Português: Como Dirigir um Carro Manual.683 times. Dr Johnson. You can roll back and hit the person or object behind you if you are not holding in the brake and clutch. Italiano: Come Guidare un'Auto con Cambio Manuale  Discuss  Print  Email  Edit  Send fan mail to authors Thanks to all authors for creating a page that has been read 1. Article Info Categories: Driving Basics Recent edits by: Chris. Deutsch: Mit Handschaltung fahren. Français: Comment conduire une voiture manuelle.811.  Stop completely before shifting into reverse no matter which direction the car is rolling. Was this article accurate? YesNo Random Article Write An Article . Shifting into reverse while the car is in motion will damage most manual transmissions.

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