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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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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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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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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2010 Dodge Dakota BigHorn: Truck Dies when shifting from R to D

I've got a 2010 Dodge Dakota, just over 129K miles, V8 (4.7L). Twice now, now that it's gotten colder, the engine has died just after backing out of my parking space when I shift to drive. This only ...
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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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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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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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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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2016 1.4 Polo Vivo Trendline Doesn't Engage Gears 1, 2, 4, and Reverse

I was driving my Polo Vivo 1.4 with no issues. I stop for a traffic light, then when I try to put it in gears number 1, 2, 4 and reverse, it doesn't allow me to shift to them. It's like there is ...
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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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Why is my 2009 Ford Escape shifting late?

Recently, my Escape has been having a hard time shifting into gear it doesn't shift hard or jerk but it runs a slightly elevated RPM prior to shifting. At some points it does not shift into gear ...
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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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Stuck gear shift in 96 civic 5 spd

Why cant i move my gear shift out of 4th gear when cars running or not ? I depressed clutch nothing happens shifter wont budge any help in my situation?
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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 ...
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Gear selector hard shifting gears

I have a 2006 YZ250F, and whenever I go to shift gears while riding sometimes I really have to kick it hard. Sometimes even twice cause the first one didn't do it. I fiddled with my clutch lever cable ...
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Shifter cable. VW New Beetle 1998

How do I physically put my 98 VW Beetle into 3rd gear? The shifter cable broke and I need to put my car in my garage and can't push it up hill.
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Golf 5 stuck when shifting between 2 and 3 gear

While driving in 2nd gear, clutch down, try to go into 3rd (this happens like once in 30) the joystick kinda get stuck in the middle, like mid-way into the downwards 'state' as I would if I wanted to ...
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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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gearbox or just bearing

Hi All before going ahead and buying another gear box and clutch kit some advice may help. I have a mk7 ford transit with a 6 speed box I had never had a problem with getting into gear But had a ...
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My car won't shift into second its a 5 speed what can it be?

I have a 2003 Nissan Altima 2.5s 5-speed with about 183K miles. I think it still has the factory clutch, and the transmission fluid is at the correct level. The other day I tried to shift into second ...
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Shift “Grinding” Issue?

Lately I've been noticing a grinding/resisting force and sound when I shift from first to second gear in my 2003 Jetta GLI. It is ruining driving for me because every time I shift from first to second ...
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Why operating shift knob gear at high rpm while upshifting from 1st to 2nd is smoother than at lower rpm?

If I upshift from 1st to 2nd in my car, when engaging the 2nd gear i feel like something hooked the shift knob for a 20ms and then the gear knob goes in to its final position. I don't need to use ...
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Gear of Car takes time to shift from 1st to 2nd gear

My car is 2005 Chevy Impala. While driving in automatic mode, I have to drive at 18 MPH for around 4-5 seconds to allow the gear to shift from first to second (or second to third gear, I am not sure ...
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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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Maruti Suzuki Swift Dzire VXi - Gear Shifting trouble - Across All Gear shifts

I have a Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire VXI 2013 model. I am experiencing problems during gear shift when the car is in motion. And the problem starts to happen only after i have drove for like 7-10 kms(...
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Does switching to neutral on an automatic transmission improve braking for immediate stopping?

I've been told that when needing to brake quickly, throwing the gear into neutral on an automatic transmission actually allows for better/quicker braking. I understand how things work pretty well but ...
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91 Chevy LeBaron shifting issue

My Mom gave me her 91 LeBaron convertible with very low miles (33K). The issue I have is that when the temperature gets hot outside (80+), the car won't shift from 3rd to 4th. When you start the car ...
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2003 Subaru Outback 2.5 l sedan automatic transmission sport mode

I see the green light on the dashboard that says sport but don’t know what it is and whether it should be on all the time. I also don’t know where the button is to turn it off either. This car is ...