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Need I press clutch pedal while starting my car in neutral?

It depends on the specific vehicle. Many modern standard transmission cars in the US have a clutch pedal sensor that will not allow you to start the vehicle if the pedal isn't fully depressed. You'...
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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

With the handbrake on, the rear wheel is not able to rotate. When the foot brake is released the car will try to move forward. This will cause a rotational force on the rear tire. Since the rear ...
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How to add a 7th gear to a car to enhance fuel economy?

This is something that used to be quite common - in the '60s and '70s, people would add an electronic (or manual) overdrive to the back of the 4-speed gearbox to give an extra gear (usually two, as it ...
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Need I press clutch pedal while starting my car in neutral?

Being from Canada, I feel compelled to mention that if you do not depress the clutch while starting when it is at all cold out (let's say < 0 Celsius) you will notice the starter motor labouring ...
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What's the best gear to leave a manual vehicle in when parked?

The lower the gear, the better the job the engine compression will do at holding the car if the brake fails, that's because a lower gear makes the engine spin faster and requires it to do more work ...
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Why is it sometimes hard to engage reverse gear in a manual transmission?

It's common for manual transmissions to not have the same gear syncronizing mechanism on reverse gear as it does on forward gears. The job of the synchronizer is not just to match the speeds of cogs ...
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What are the pros and cons for the two possible "gear directions" when parking the car on a hill?

You've got several things wrong, as you've made a lot of assumptions. First, in an engine if the ignition isn't turned on (ie: if it doesn't have power), you cannot push start it. You can turn that ...
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How do the latest automatic transmissions match the efficiencies of manual gearboxes?

Traditionally... The major drawbacks of automatic transmissions were: parasitic losses in the torque converter, something which manual transmissions don't have. fewer gears, so a given engine was ...
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My (manual) transmission won't engage any gear 1 day after escaping bog

I've narrowed it down to the most likely possibilities: You may have burned out your transmission, or cracked the casing and lost all your fluid, in which case you're going to have to replace the ...
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Why is towing a manual transmission car, in neutral, with the drive wheels on the ground, considered safe?

Manual transmissions (most, but not all) lubricate not through a pump, but through the action of the gears and secondarily through the level of the transmission fluid itself. In some transmissions, ...
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Turning off a manual transmission car by stalling the engine

Using the clutch engagement to turn the vehicle off can definitely hurt the car. Essentially what you're doing is wearing the clutch, bearings that lie within the motor, rings and valve seals. If you ...
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How do the latest automatic transmissions match the efficiencies of manual gearboxes?

A lot of new automatic transmissions (e.g. Volkswagen DSG) arent actually auto transmissions, at least not in the traditional sense. They have a normal computer-controlled dry clutch (well two ...
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Can I confirm clutch slippage by shifting without disengaging the clutch (while stopped)?

It could possibly work, but the better question is why would you want to test it this way? You'd be "grinding the gears" for no reason (even though it's the synchros you'd actually be grinding). This ...
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What's the best gear to leave a manual vehicle in when parked?

When I'm on a hill with the front of my car facing up the hill I park the car in first and turn the wheels away from the curb so the transmission is fighting against gravity. When I'm on a hill with ...
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Why does the rear of my vehicle sink when I apply the handbrake on a downward gradient?

When you stop the car using the footbrake, all four wheels are held stationary by the brake. When you apply the handbrake, this locks the rear wheels only (in most cars) - as you then release the ...
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Does my electronic parking brake remain engaged if I disconnect the battery?

It is my understanding that electronic parking brakes remain in whatever state they were in when the battery dies or is disconnected. The electronic system does not "hold" the brake. It simply engages ...
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How to keep a car with manual transmission from rolling downhill when parking on a sloped surface?

The parking brake should hold the vehicle, otherwise it can be difficult to achieve a hill start. When parking, the front wheels should be turned into the kerb so if it rolls it runs into the kerb ...
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What happens when I shift gears without pressing the clutch in a manual transmission while the car is running?

It is not a good idea to change gear without using the clutch, you will cause unnecessary wear that will end up causing an expensive bill. When you select a gear, there is a component in the gearbox ...
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Is reverse gear in a manual transmission equivalent to any other gear?

Reverse is pretty equivalent to first gear, for a ratio of around 3.2ish. If it were any lower, it would be difficult to get started from a stop since the torque just won't be there. If you've ever ...
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Manual Transmission - Why Can't I leave in gear at Light

Why can you not just shift to first and use the brake to keep the car from moving like all automatics in Drive, without touching the clutch? In a manual gearbox, the clutch (when you release the ...
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How to find out if my non-fuel injected car has a rev limiter?

I'm not entirely sure a rev limiter will help protect you if you downshift at a speed higher than the gear you've selected is intended for. If you manage to lift the clutch, even without any fuel, ...
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Does my electronic parking brake remain engaged if I disconnect the battery?

There are basically two types of e-e-brakes. There are single motor/cable systems and caliper-mounted motor systems. 1. On single motor/cable systems from autoserviceprofessional.com (Emphasis added):...
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Brake have failed. Alternative means of braking

No. For (at least) three reasons: It's not safe. You're using the transmission/clutch to slow the vehicle down in a manner it wasn't designed to do. You're destroying your clutch. You state you ...
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How to keep a car with manual transmission from rolling downhill when parking on a sloped surface?

It isn't normal that the car moves downhill with the parking brake applied, if it does it shows that the parking brake isn't working properly. It should fully stop the car even when on a steep hill. ...
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Skipping gears when downshifting

If your car is slowing down, and you are at a "safe" speed for 2nd gear, then its perfectly normal to skip gears. If you're going the wrong speed and the engine RPMs aren't even close to what they ...
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Does rolling forwards while in reverse gear damage my car?

Absolutely not. There's no issue here. The engine/transmission were not coupled. There was no stress on the transmission. It just was running backwards from what it usually would. Really, it's no big ...
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Do Manual transmission cars perform better than Automatic transmission?

The difference comes down to the driver. While automatic racing gearboxes can beat a driver when it comes to performance, for the type of vehicle you describe, a manual can perform significantly ...
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What's the best gear to leave a manual vehicle in when parked?

So, looking at a couple common manual transmission gear ratio charts, first gear would be best. Why? It has the highest ratio. Although it is (in the charts I found) very close to reverse. Here's a ...
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Should I wait for my car to be completely stopped before putting it in reverse?

It causes more wear on the clutch as you have to ride it a little more, but overall its fine. The syncros will likely wear a little faster also as the output shaft will be spinning in the opposite ...
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Why is it almost impossible to put the car in first gear at high speeds?

There are physical limits to sychronizers. When you upshift the synchronizer slows the clutch down which is relatively easy. When you down shift the synchronizer has to speed the clutch up which is ...
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