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A transmission that is controlled by the operator of the vehicle to select an operator desired gear.

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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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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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What's the best gear to leave a manual vehicle in when parked? [closed]

I've been told that reverse is the "strongest" gear, so in a manual transmission vehicle you should park your vehicle and leave it in reverse in the event of a parking brake failure. Others have said ...
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Switching from Reverse to Drive - always stop completely?

I've been told by a couple people that it's really bad for a car to be shifted from Reverse to Drive while the car is still moving backwards. Is this true? In my experience: On automatic cars, this ...
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Parking --- in gear or neutral? [closed]

This question is discussed all over the internet, but it seems to be just a voting procedure. I'd like to get a high-quality answer, and, since I couldn't find it on SE, I'll ask it again here. With ...
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WHY does an engine stall? (manual transmission)

Before you write off my question as one that's been answered a million times already, I want to clarify. I understand that the engine needs to go a certain rpm and when you try to engage the clutch ...
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Did I damage my car by trying to move in reverse with the handbrake on?

I was in a hurry to leave for the office yesterday and forgot that my handbrake was engaged while starting. I started the engine, clutched, and reverse geared, and found the vehicle not moving ...
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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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Why is towing a manual transmission car, in neutral, with the drive wheels on the ground, considered safe?

It is clear that cars with automatic transmissions cannot be towed with any drive wheels on the ground, engine off, in neutral, because the torque converter powers the lubrication pump for the ...
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Is it common to fail engaging first gear or a manual transmission car occasionally?

I have a problem with my 2011 Toyota Yaris manual transmission car where the first gear occasionally doesn't engage when at standstill. This happens rarely, probably once per month. What I do to get ...
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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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does a car normally continue moving at a constant speed when in gear and the foot is taken off the accelerator pedal?

I remember when driving a passenger car, when I took my foot off the accelerator pedal completely, but remained in gear, the car would normally continue to move at some low speed, different for each ...
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Manual Transmission Whirs when coasting down, clutch disengaged, shifter in gear

I have a 2004 Nissan Xterra. When I am at speed, usually in 3rd or so, and I am coming to a stop, I disengage the clutch, brake, and coast to a stop, with the shifter still in gear. As I do this, ...
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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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In a manual car, does changing gear quickly put more wear on the synchro's?

I have a ford fiesta with a manual transmission, and often when I'm driving gently, I'll take more than a second or so to change gear after I depress the clutch pedal. I press the clutch pedal, slowly ...
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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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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 caused my manual transmission to rev while shifting gears and now won't go at all?

I have a 2008 Mazda 3i Touring (2.0L engine) with a manual transmission, ~130k miles on it. For a few weeks, whenever I shifted gears the engine would rev (up to 3000-4000 rpm) for a second or two ...
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What else should I check and/or repair when replacing the clutch?

Based on a recent question I asked, I'm looking to have a shop replace the clutch in my 2008 Mazda 3i manual transmission with ~130000 miles on it. Before I do, is there anything else I should / could ...
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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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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

This is something that I've always wondered. I'm no mechanic (web developer, actually) with very basic knowledge of vehicle mechanics so I can only guess at something like brake pipe pressure being ...
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Why do 5 and 6-speed transmissions typically need different gear ratios?

My 2013 Subaru WRX has a 5-speed manual, and I long for it to have a 6th gear when cruising on the highway. A friend has a 2012 Subaru STI with a 6-speed manual, and I noticed his car runs through ...
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Is it OK to skip gears on a motorcycle?

I'm not sure if this is on topic, but I'd like to know the answer before it comes a repair question. I have a Y2K Triumph Speed Triple - great bike. First gear comfortably takes to 90km/h. Needless ...
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Durability of automatic transmission boxes versus durability of manual transmission boxes? Their lifetimes?

My friend is against cars with automatic transmission because he thinks that they break easily and that their repairing cost a lot. He thinks that it is impossible to maintain an automatic ...
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Is it possible to have a manual transmission electric car?

Reading about the new supercar from VW, I distinctly noticed when the author specifically mentioned shifting to "drive". I know the car in article is an automatic, but it got me thinking. Is it ...
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Skipping gears when downshifting

Is it bad to skip gears when downshifting manually, e.g. from 4th directly down to 2nd etc?
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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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2012 Mazda3 shifts gears but won't move

My car was shifting fine. All of a sudden I attempted to slow down for traffic, depressed the clutch to downshift and nothing happened. Coasted to side road. Attempted to depress the clutch and I put ...
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Hard shifting on 2003 VW Jetta 1,8 with manual transmission

After unrelated repair in the shop, my car began to have difficulties going into 5th gear. Gradually over the next couple of days, it was noticeable that the car refused to engage into 3rd, and now ...
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Difference between "dumping the clutch" and N->D in an auto?

What's the difference between dumping the clutch, and going from N->D at high RPMs with an automatic transmission? Will this cause any damage to the vehicle?
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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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Why couldn't I shift into 1st gear with car not stopped in my Renault, but my Volvo lets me do it?

I used to have a Renault Laguna (model year 2000) until I got a Volvo V70 (model year 2006) to replace it. One of the things that annoyed me somewhat about the Renault was that, if I was e.g. ...
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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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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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Turning ignition off with clutch engaged, transmission in neutral

I was reading this question about regularly turning the engine off by dropping the clutch in first gear. This is fairly obviously a bad practice, and the answers give great reasons why, but it got me ...
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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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Engine 'lugging' when turned off with clutch engaged, transmission in netural

After asking this question yesterday, I started thinking about how since picking up my second '06 Infiniti G35 Sedan in as many years, I've noticed that with this engine (145k miles), when I leave the ...
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I have 5th gear issue , can i drive in 4th gear at 100km to 115km?

My car scares me while changing gear from 4th to 5th gear because it goes to 3rd gear. As a result on highways i get scared to change to 5th gear. Can i drive my car in 4th gear at speed range ...
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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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