Questions tagged [shifting]

"Shifting" refers to the act of cycling through different sized gears in a transmission with the goal of maintaining the engine's optimum power output while the vehicle is accelerating. Shifting gears is a manual process when the vehicle is equipped with a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions shift gears automatically and attempt to optimize engine performance

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Is it nessesary to push shift lock when shifting from Reverse to Drive?

Is it doing damage to an automatic when you don't push the button as long as you've stopped before changing directions?
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Torque converter issue?

My car is a BMW 5 series with the ZF8 automatic transmission. It doesn't shift perfectly - jerks a bit in all gears shifted in the first drive of the day, for around 10 miles then it becomes much ...
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Fuel efficiency and Shifting/RPM

I was reading a thread in a car forum where someone wrote: The lower the RPM, the less fuel you use, the less strain you put on everything.. Another person then replied, stating: Not true. If ...
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2006 Pontiac Montana

I recently purchased a 2006 Pontiac Montana and the dealership seems to have a done a pretty good job with pre-lot reconditioning. The filters were changed, oil, and a new battery and tires were put ...
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Automatic transmission odd behaviour on shallow inclines

I have a 2007 Renault Clio with the 1.6l engine and automatic transmission. Lately I have been experiencing a strange issue where the transmission sometimes does not automatically shift into third ...
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Hard to shift into first and reverse, and weird noises

I have a 2000 Honda Civic, and I've been having some issues with it. It is very tough to shift into first, and sometimes when I shift into reverse I can hear the gears grinding and the car lurches a ...
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Why does my gear only engage downhill

I'm having a mechanical problem with my 250cc motorcycle. It has 5-gears, and all work smoothly but the 5th gear. the 5th gear will only work/engage when I shift to it coming downhill on a roadway, ...
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Stiff gearchange especially when cold

I have a 2002 Skoda Octavia. Recently I've noticed that when it's cold, the gearbox is very recalcitrant, particularly in the lower gears. The feeling is of "stodginess" with a slight audible squeak. ...
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Clutch Not Engaging Well

I went to a repair shop a day ago and I have my clutch fixeed because it was leaking. The mechanic because said because it was due to the rubber cap, so i replace the rubber cap and the valve So i ...
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‘98 Acura 3.0 CL knocking in front right side when coming to a stop as well as strange/delayed shifting

I’ve had my 1998 Acura CL 3.0 fwd for about a year and have put about 13,000 on it with no issue, except the engine light coming on now and again for clogged exhaust, so in September I decided to put ...
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Gears weird after spin out

So, I spun out in the rain at a roundabout the other day. I aquaplaned and lost traction, and had absolutely no control through a 180 spin in which I ended up landing on an island between the 4 lanes ...
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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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Short buzzing noise with acceleration /2006 SER Altima

145,000 mi—06 Nissan Altima /auto trans Sometimes when shifting, it lags. With fast acceleration, there’s a short sounding buzz/whine for a split second I’m Leary of taking it to a dealership, I don’...
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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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Can I shift the AT gear while on handbrake without using the brake pedal?

Probably I will seem a bit silly, but still. I have Toyota Corolla 2006 with automatic transmission. Today, after the ride, I was curious to see how the motor behaves on different gears. Car was ...
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Honda Odessy 03 Shift Lock

So me and my Dad are Replacing a transmission for a Honda Odessy 2003 and When we tried to start the car we couldnt cause the shift gear is stuck on Drive what do i do about this?
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2007 Mercury Mountaineer won't shift automatically, able to drive on manual gear 1 only

I was on the way to work this morning when I suddenly noticed that my car (automatic transmission) won't shift up from the first gear anymore. This also happened a few weeks ago and, thinking it may ...
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Gear Shift lever very stiff going into 1st gear - Fiat Doblo 1.3 Diesel (75hp)

Had to change the clutch due to a problem with pressure plate /throwout bearing (were completely broken - photos attached). Symptoms were very noisy clutch and stiff pedal due to severely damaged ...
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2007 Honda Civic no 1st or 2nd gear and no reverse

This morning on the way home I went to downshift from 3rd to 2nd turning onto my street and it was locked out of 1st and 2nd and had to force it back into 3rd (never grinded only clunked real hard ...
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Downshifting an automatic

The question of whether or not to downshift a manual transmission has been addressed, but what about automatics? I personally always downshift when coming to a stop, and my latest vehicle (Ford Focus) ...
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Automatic transmission: Is shifting to neutral while approaching stops bad?

This is not with the intention of saving fuel (as I have seen many answers assuming savings in fuel while doing this). But I have this habit of putting the vehicle into neutral before approaching ...
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1996 Chevy camaro 3.8l

I was driving my camaro down the street the other day going about 50 mph and I heard and felt a thud and the next thing that happens my car starts to slow down only going about 15 - 20mph with the ...
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How can a DCT be so fast and smooth during hard acceleration and high rpm shifting?

I know how a DCT works and what parts it has, but I've always wondered how it manages to shift very fast and still be smooth, while having little torque drop during shifts.In a manual transmission, ...
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Does anyone know the name of this part?

My Vw Jetta 2005 (manual transmission) is having a hard time switching gears. Found out this was the problem. Does anyone know the name of this? (https://i.stack.imgur.com/JrgMR.jpg)
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Grinding sound when trying to shift into first after completely stopping?

I just bought a 2001 Hyundai elantra 5 speed manual. The past couple of days when I come to a complete stop and try to shift into first, it just grinds. Sometimes I have to put a little force into the ...
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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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Ford Escape won't shift into gear, O/D light flashing

I've got a 2002 Ford Escape (automatic transmission) that will start fine and reverse without any problems, but when I put it in drive and try to pull forward, it remains in idle. I can hit the gas ...
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Hard to shift manual + Vibrations

2011 Nissan Xtrail, 2.0 Diesel, 170.000km, 6 Speed manual I've rear ended someone 3 weeks ago and I am having some issues. The first visible damage was the intercooler, which was bent and was having ...
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I am having trouble with shifting my car in the correct gear

I would like to know what’s wrong with my car .. why does it drives in neutral??I have a 2008 Ford Focus and my shift gear doesn’t drive on the DRIVE label nor park on the Park label .. i don’t know ...
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Reverse is now 1st gear on manual transmission

Reverse no longer works...when I shift into Reverse it goes into 1st gear. All other gears work fine. 2002 Jetta TDI 1.9 what could the problem be?
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Does flooring the throttle while traveling at lower speeds increase fuel consumption?

I've noticed that in a manual transmission vehicle when going uphill I have two options: Downshift and press the gas more Stay in the same gear and press the gas more I haven't measured it but ...
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Manual transmission grinds shifting into 2nd gear, only when cold

I have a 1995 Chevy K1500 pickup, V8 5.0L engine. The 5-speed manual transmission was rebuilt about 10 years ago. Recently, I’ve noticed that when the vehicle is cold, I get a grinding noise from ...
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Can I shift to neutral when driving? [closed]

Many questions on if we should shift to neutral when at stop lights. But I've developed a habit to shift to neutral when going downhill or far away approaching a stop light to avoid unnecessary speed-...
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Shifting while in neutral

I am new to motorcycles and I just bought a 2010 Triumph Thruxton 900. I am having difficulty cycling through all the gears in neutral. I haven’t taken it to higher gears on the road yet but should I ...
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Won't go into gear (rare occasion)

I have a Nissan X-Trail T30. Recently, I noticed that the car won't go into gear from time to time. Most of the time, it drives just fine. It happens after driving quite a distance. I didn't notice ...
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Use of Neutral Gear in Automatic Transmission

I am new to driving A/T cars and I am trying to understand the use of Neutral(N) gear. Should I shift my gear from D to N when my car comes to a complete halt on a red light or somewhere else? As per ...
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2005 Honda Civic no acceleration and bad shifting

So I got home friday night and ran out of gas pulling into my driveway, ( I wasnt really paying attention to my gas gauge ). I had plans over the weekend with family so we took my girlfriends car ...
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2010 Honda Civic si third gear problem

I'm having troubles shifting into third gear. It will go in but it takes some persuasion. I have only had the car for about a month and got no information about the previous owner due to the fact it ...
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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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Transmission or engine Problem?

2012 Honda Civic stutters when shifting from 1st to 2nd gear(automatic trans.) and sometimes from 2nd to 3rd. If I drive it in D3 it doesn't do this. Had the sparks, ignition coils, and trans. fluid ...
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I have a dead Toyota Prius

2007 Toyota Prius blown engine need to put in neutral to move but can’t turn on. Does anyone know how to put in neutral?
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Should I stop shifting out of gear without the clutch?

I drive a manual 2013 Ford Focus. Often times when I am about to coast to a stoplight, I will pull it out of gear without using the clutch. Sometimes it just slides out nice and easy, but other times ...
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From a complete stop, is it A MUST to switch from neutral to 1st gear before switching to 2nd gear if I want to accelerate again? [closed]

I'm thinking of 1st gear (for manual transmission car) as equal to the Smallest Chainring (for mountain bikes). I have drive a mountain bike, and while in flat/straight road, I don't switch my ...
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Hyundai Tucson has trouble shifting when ESC and DBC lights come on

I own a 2011 Hyundai Tucson Limited. Sometimes, seemingly randomly, the Electronic Stability Control light will turn yellow, and the Downhill Brake Control light will turn red. This sometimes ...
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Mysterious “5th” Gear on a 4-Speed Automatic?

My 1998 Honda Civic LX is equipped with the 4-speed automatic transmission. Before I looked this up, I decided to count the number of upshifts from a stop, and I counted four, not three. This mystery "...
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not fully shift gear- position between second and neutral

i am beginner driver, sometimes when i shift into second gear too fast ,i didn't push stick it all the way and after release the clutch you could hear the scratch sound ,stick vibration and after few ...
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Toyota Aygo stuck in some gear

My daughter went to go to drive her car today and when she moved the gear shifter it jammed in some gear. The shifter will not move and the car will not select any gear. When you start the car you ...
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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 bad to rev the engine in between shifts in a manual transmission?

I have an argument with a friend. My friend, whenever he upshifts, he would basically rev the engine while lifting his foot off the clutch. For example, let's say he shifts from 2nd to 3rd at 3000rpm, ...
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2008 Ford Escape takes longer to shift into 3rd or 4th gear? Then high rpm at 100km/hr

So I was driving my 2008 Ford Escape 3.0 litre (185,000 km) on the highway and all of a sudden the wrench light comes on. So I pulled over and reset the need oil change message and turned the vehicle ...