questions regarding manual transmissions and gearboxes

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Manual transmission at stop: 1st with clutch in, or neutral with clutch out? -OR- Throwout Bearing wear

When sitting in traffic or at a long red light, is the Best Practice to have the car in 1st gear with your foot on the clutch, or in neutral with your foot off the clutch? Some say that you should be ...
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Does Downshifting (Engine Braking) Cause Extra Wear and Tear?

Does the act of downshifting to slow your vehicle down have any negative side affects? I don't downshift more than one or two gears at a time and I let out on the clutch slow enough that I don't rev ...
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ok still not working right 95 Geo Tracker clutch

IRT this question ... At first I thought I had it good (the clutch) now it idles too high and the peddle won't come all the way back up. I can't put into first or second and I'm at a loss not sure how ...
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Manual Transmission Grinding Occasionally Shifting Into Fifth

I have a 99 Nissan Almera which occasionally grinds / doesn't engage when I try and put it into fifth gear. Not often, but maybe once or twice a day. I'm not sure if the problem is operator related, ...
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Why does my 2016 Mustang GT Manual jolt/thud when I shift?

I just learned how to drive manual in my 2016 Mustang GT. It has 3300 miles on it. It makes a "thud" noise when I put the stick into low gears (1,2,3) sometimes. This noise makes the car jolt, such ...
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Minor grinding noise and vibration when car is idle

I have a 2005 stick shift Toyota Camry. Sometimes when I am at a red light or stop sign and the car is in neutral I feel a slight vibration from the pedals and a slight grinding noise coming from the ...
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What does “clutch grabs hard” mean?

I recently had an engine swap done and will pick it up soon. Mechanic swapped in a 6 puck competition clutch as well. Combined with a very light flywheel(same weight as I'm used to driving, 8 lb), ...
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Clutch less shifting - why does it work? Is it bad?

I have been driving stick for 15 years and within the last year I learned I can shift gear without the clutch. Normally the transmission will not let me shift gears without using the clutch. ...
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Hesitation in RPM drop when shifting manual transmission, 2007 Mazda6

I recently said goodbye to a 2002 Mazda Protege that made it to just over 300,000 miles. So naturally I purchased another Mazda - 2007 Mazda6, 5-speed manual, 91k miles. Besides the difference in ...
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Engine continues to spin after putting in neutral

I have a 2001 Plymouth Neon, it has a manual transmission. Recently the car has started to not stop the engine when I shift into neutral. If I shift into neutral while moving, the engine will rev like ...
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Ford Ranger manual transmission randomly squeals in 5th gear

My clutch started to slip and was squealing so I had a new clutch, flywheel, slave cylinder, pilot and throw out bearings all replaced. It drives fine, but it randomly makes a loud squeal in fifth ...
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Ford Ranger Clutch Suddenly Has No Pressure

I recently (about 3 months ago) got my clutch replaced in my '97 Ford Ranger, and when i was driving it yesterday, the clutch suddenly stopped working. I was in gear when it happened and was able to ...
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Engine surges when depress accelerator past a certain point

I have a 2003 manual Nissan Almera S petrol 1.5L with only 75,000 miles on the clock. Today the engine has started to surge. If I depress the accelerator pedal more than approx. ½ inch - 1 inch, the ...
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What is happens to the brakes when an automatic drives below the speed for 1st gear with no added gas?

In a manual transmission car, when a driver wants to go below the speed the car travels at in first gear with no added gas using the gas pedal, you ease off the clutch, reducing the amount of power ...
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Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the BITE when no gas is given in a manual transmission?

Is it normal for the car to vibrate on the biting point when no gas is given? When I give enough gas it seems fine but not when I very slowly release the clutch and hold at the biting point. Is this ...
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What is rev matching, and how do you do it correctly? [closed]

I understand that not doing this properly will destroy your transmission/synchros. What's the proper way to do it? I think I'm doing it right, but I've found most people's descriptions to be vague and ...
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Manual transmission difficult to put into gear. Do I need a new clutch?

I have a 1998 Jeep Cherokee Sport, manual transmission (the 6 cylinder model, I believe 4.0L). It has 4 wheel drive. I've lent the car to some friends recently who were 'rusty' with their manual ...
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what damage or extra wear (if any) is caused by turning over the engine while in gear (manual transmission)?

While newer cars never allow you to turn over the engine without the clutch depressed, in some older cars, if you do leave the transmission in gear, do not depress the clutch and turn the key, the car ...
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Honda City vTec Slow Start

I have a Honda City 2005 vTec Manual Transmission Car, which will be due for servicing in another 1000KM. I am not well used to driving manual car and I face a lot of traffic everyday going and ...
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Why does my clutch “bounce”?

'97 Jeep Wrangler 4.0L, though I doubt the phenomenon is that specific. Sometimes, when I accelerate normally from a light or a stop sign (at the same rate as everyone around me) while keeping the ...
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95 Honda Del Sol Si manual won't go into gear when idle > 1000 rpm

I have been racking my brains over this very odd issue. Here is the problem. I recently got this car (95 Honda Del Sol Si 5 spd 160k miles) as a second car. The previous owner claimed that the clutch ...
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Manual Transmission- Can bad shifting destroy transmission

Been driving a car with a manual transmission for 6 years. I never had to replace the clutch but the transmission recently blew up on me. I was aware that my car was leaking transmission fluid for ...
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Is it bad to drive slow at low rpms in 4th or 5th gear? Do you get better gas mileage?

Obviously running your engine at too high an RPM for too long isn't good. But what about running it too low? not so low that it stalls or lugs, but within around 1,000 RPM? Would you get better ...
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Gear Linkage repairs for VW Polo Mk3 (1997)

I had a problem changing gears on my Polo (1997, 1.4 petrol, 3 door, UK). It was hard to find the gears especially 1st and 2nd, and reverse would grind, and it was worse when the car was warmed up ...
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2005 Mini Cooper manual transmission stuck in between gears

Trouble started popping out of 5th gear, then also 2nd gear, then all the gears. Then it wouldn't go into gear, it would go in if I gave it gas, enough to get it home. I was able to drive it to a ...
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My clutch cable has been stretched and since tightened to fix it. Should I replace it?

I have a VW Polo 2001, 37000 miles, manual transmission, 1.4 engine, with a replaced clutch and timing belt, and a reconditioned gearbox. I didn't face any resistance in my pedal last night. The ...
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Causes of early clutch failure EXCLUDING driver style

UK 61 plate, Ford Diesel Mondeo Estate, Econetic: clutch replaced at 31,800 miles; failure caused by 'driver style' I use my car daily for commuting and for business. It's supplied to me as a company ...
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Why does my 3rd gear grind on shifting when RPMs are high on 2002 Audi TT?

This only happens when shifting into 3rd gear (on a 7 gear Audi TT). If I shift when the RPMs are high (say over 2k) then there will be a horrible grinding noise. Instead I have to apply the clutch, ...
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Is vibration for a new clutch job normal?

I have a 2005 Toyota Camry (Manual Transmission). My clutch died on me last week - couldn't accelerate. I had the clutch replaced at a local mechanic. Now when I start the car off in first gear the ...
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After long journeys, gear slips in 5th, but not into neutral

This is a follow up to another question I asked. I've managed to get some video of it happening this time. It started happening after travelling for about 2 hours. I was experiencing heavy traffic. ...
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Where can I find a reference for Honda part numbers?

Where can I find a manual or detailed catalog or service manual of a specific car in order to know for example all its part codes to buy original replacement parts, from pieces and paint (Not owner's ...
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5th gear slipping of 5th gear at 3000 revs, but not into neutral

I'm planning to take my car to Mr Clutch on soon, but I wanted to see what every else's impression is of my car's problems. Last night I was driving along the motorway, accelerating to 70mph, when ...
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My 1991 Honda Accord grinds on third gear!

My 1991 Honda Accord grinds on third gear what could this mean and how can I fix it?
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Honda Civic Clicks but won't Crank

I have a 2005 Honda Civic and today out of the blue it wouldn't start. I hear a click sound when I turn the key to start, but nothing else. The car lights still work, and they dim slightly when ...
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95 honda civic ex, smoking heavily from exhaust

I have a 95 honda civic ex (manual), and it smokes really bad from the exhaust. It's thick white smoke that lingers, and it also burns oil, but when checking the oil, it is not clouded up or milky or ...
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1995 Geo Tracker - Shifting Issues

I just put in transmission fluid and replaced the clutch cable. I've re-adjusted it (not that I have much if a clue on what I'm doing). It did good for a few days then I had a problem with 2nd gear ...
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What causes my Mustang to buck when I let off the gas at a high RPM?

I have a 2007 Mustang GT, 4.6L V8 with a 5-speed manual transmission. This is the car I learned how to drive stick on, and the only other car I've ever driven with a manual is a 1963 pick-up truck... ...
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turning right causing small vibration and noise

My 2004 Ford Focus makes small grinding and vibrating noises when turning to the right. The problem was much more severe earlier this month. I took it to the shop and had them get me new tires and an ...
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What will happen in result of the failure of a clutch release bearing?

I drive a 88 Mazda RX-7 non-turbo 5spd. The previous owner claims the clutch was done last July(little under a year ago) and I have no reason to doubt such claims. I do believe the clutch release ...
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Reverse grinds and transmission won't lock into 1st gear [closed]

I have a 2001 Ford Escort ZX2 with manual transmission. It has had noticeable play in the shifter but had no problems until suddenly the clutch just would not engage after being pushed down ...
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Clutch pedal suddenly doesn't go deep enough to engage gears

I was driving normally (no problems, everything going smoothly; never had felt any problems with the clutch, was catching on well etc.) and all of a sudden, with no warning sign or anything (no shock, ...
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Achieving least wear on clutch when changing gears? [closed]

I want to do the least wear on my clutch on a manual car. I only recently passed the test and I wonder if I ever learnt to use the clutch efficiently. Here's how I change gears: foot of gas press ...
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Grinding when shifting into 1st from a stop

My car (2013 Ford Focus, 12k miles, 5 speed manual) suddenly started to grind when shifting into 1st from a stop about halfway through my commute home. I realized that if I depress the clutch for long ...
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2000 Honda Accord Shakes under acceleration

I have have Honda Accord 2000 with manual 5 gear transmission. During acceleration it shakes like front end is ready to jump out. Engine doesn't misfire or anything - I have plenty of power on all ...
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Are you supposed to give the engine gas when shifting gears? [duplicate]

I'm learning how to drive manual. When I switch gears, I just stop giving it gas, push in the clutch, select the gear, and let out the clutch. After the clutch is out, I give it gas. This works ...
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Clutch/transmission noise [duplicate]

I have a manual transmission in a Ford Ranger with 240,000 miles and it has recently started making an intermittent grinding/grating noise. The conditions under which I have heard it are: Clutch is ...
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Foot slipped off clutch while downshifting. Damage?

I have an '08 Honda Fit with a 5-speed manual transmission. I hit a steep hill earlier today and decided to downshift from 3rd to 2nd, so I didn't ride the brake for several miles. Before my RPMs ...
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Will a worn clutch ever completely fail to engage? If not, what will cause this?

I've noticed my clutch beginning to slip for maybe a month or two; it was slower to engage, but not badly enough to affect driving. Over the last week or so, it was getting significantly worse every ...
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2006 manual transmission. Diesel Jetta.

My Jettas gear shift is not working properly. It's hard to pull out of reverse and it sticks getting into first and second. After first and second shifting is simple. I'm sure it's not the cluTch. My ...
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Lugging the Engine (Manual Transmission)

So...lugging the engine obviously isn't something that is good. But why? For example when you feather a clutch to get the car moving, it lugs for a quick moment when you hit the catch point (When ...