questions regarding manual transmissions and gearboxes

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1st gear hard to engage unless stopped, Subaru 2004 Impreza Outback Sport

Since I've bought my 2004 Impreza Outback Sport, I've had a problem with shifting into 1st gear. First gear is generally difficult to engage while moving. You can just force it, but it's really ...
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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 ...
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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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2000 Ford Focus will not start

After turning the ignition the car will not make a sound. The radio works and all the lights work ,except for the headlights
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Can low gear oil cause a syncronizer not to work?

I've been having a problem for a while on my MTX Nissan Almera with only being able to engage fifth gear at specific speeds, around 68-72 km/h. I recently noticed while changing an inner tie rod dust ...
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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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Why does my manual gear sometimes slip into neutral?

I have a Mazda 323 Astina (called something else outside of Australia), 1997 model. When the weather is cold the car sometimes slips out of 5th gear into neutral. It only ever does it once a day, ...
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Car is shaking, feels like the car doesn't have as much power, gear knob also shaking and exhaust smells of fuel (and was louder than usual)

Okay so the car is a Nissan 200SX S15 and as i'm relatively new to the manual transmission I wanted to practice hill starting (which is where I screwed up). I pretty much let go of the clutch way too ...
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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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What would happen if you shifted into reverse while you are going forward?

First, I am talking about manual cars and I know this is considered impossible because of the synchronized gears, but lets suppose that you can manage to shift gears (For example you could shift into ...
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Basic Roadside repairs courses

I'm about to drive across Morocco over the Atlas Mountains and into the Sahara desert with a hire car ;) Given the hire car process I have no guarantees on the make/model of the car I will get but ...
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5th Gear slipping out when letting off gas pedal in Toyota Landcruiser HJ75 - 1990)

Whilst driving, when I take my foot off the accelerator in 5th gear, the stick/vehicle goes into neutral. It's doing this more and more. Any thoughts?
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WOT uphill, no increase in RPM, consuming more gas?

I own a city car Chevrolet Spark 2016. When going up a steep hill say in 4th gear, having the throttle down at 60% or WOT is practically the same. There's a minimal increase in RPM and power. Will the ...
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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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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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Pontiac G5 transmission sometimes grinds when shifting into first while stopped, occasionally stalls car

I have a 2007 Pontiac G5 with a 5-speed manual (Getrag F23 if you're curious) and about 145k miles. This problem has been ongoing for a couple years now but is progressively getting worse. Sometimes ...
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Manual Transmission - Stuck in Neutral

I was at a red light and my car was in neutral and got stuck (wouldn't go to first). My mechanic told me that it is the clutch and is going to cost $1,200 to replace. The guy at AutoZone said that it ...
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Correct braking technique on a manual transmission [closed]

I drive an old mechanical (non fluel injection) gasoline manual transmission car, and my approach to braking is pretty much as follows: Cruising Dissengage acceleratior, press clutch 100% in Press ...
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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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Muted howling noise at about 2000rpm Nissan Micra K12 2005

Recently when I drive I noticed this noise which tends to come around 2000rpm. Going through the gears I can't hear anything through first and second, then it starts in this rev band through 3rd and ...
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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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Citreon Berlingo Diesel Manual

Opened the bonnet, looked to LHS beyond screen-wash reservoir, removed cap on (?) hydraulic oil, found it to be RED in colour and below minimum level when engine not running. Went to shop: insisted I ...
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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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Turning off a manual transmission car by stalling the engine

Instead of turning off the ignition with the clutch disengaged, if a person makes a habit of stopping their car by stalling the engine (leaving the transmission in gear and taking their foot off the ...
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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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Are manual transmission cars disappearing? [closed]

You don't have to be an expert to notice that over time, the percentage of manual transmission cars has lowered. Automatic cars are not only more popular, but more comfortable, easier to use and ...
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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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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), it'...
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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. However,...
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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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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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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 ...