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Old 08-17-2011, 06:57 AM   #1
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new to driving a manual

My mustang is a v8 5speed and I've been attempting to learn how to drive it. I do very well it shifting both up/down, but I somehow always manage to screw up on taking off from 1st. Any suggestions?
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:51 AM   #2
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Practice practice practice

Best advice I can give.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:04 AM   #3
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Find a big open parking lot an practice. Try to equal the pedals clutch and gas. If you have access to any older cars with a manual it may be a little easier to learn on them because they probably aren't as touchy as a mustang would be.
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Practice practice practice

Best advice I can give.
+1. You just have to keep practicing until it becomes second nature. One technique I used when learning how to get out of first gear was to hold the gas at a constant rpm (~1500-2000) and slowly let out the clutch. After the car starts moving and the rpms begin to drop, slowly accelerate until the clutch is fully engaged. Once you get a good feel for the clutch, you won't need to think about it anymore.
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Old 08-17-2011, 10:43 AM   #5
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+1^ give it a little gas then let out the clutch.
Once you learn you won't even think about it. Then you'll get addicted to the wonders that you can with a manual car
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Re: new to driving a manual

yup just gotta practice, after a few days you will learn what the car likes and how to take off easier in it.

Dont down shift to slow down... its cheaper to replace your brakes than your clutch. Only down shift if you slowed down enough that you need a lower gear etc.

Give it a week or two and you should feel better. When starting on a hill and you are worried pull the e brake up and start to take off then lower it down so you dont slide back wards.
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Cool thanks guys, I will try these.
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Old 08-18-2011, 04:59 PM   #8
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Re: new to driving a manual

When I was taught to drive a 5spd my dad had me put it in first then let the clutch out without touching the gas so that I could get a feel for the catch point Then after I got the hang of that it was a matter of figuring out how much gas to give it when the clutch started to pull
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I mainly did the same thing as mc770.

Or you can do it this way. Take right foot and depress accelerator pedal to floor. Take left foot let out on clutch. When you have almost reached redline take left foot depressing the Clutch pedal very quickly shift while pedal is depressed and let out abruptly. Repeat until desired gear is reached.

But in all seriousness. Find the friction point and you will be fine my friend.
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Re: new to driving a manual

everyone says my car is hard to drive with the factory stiff clutch but I find it easier than the clutches in the 05+ as they are so freaking soft its hard to feel the grip point
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Re: new to driving a manual

Practice practice and a big parking lot or find a back road with some hills stop and learn how the clutch works
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I teach everyone on my Honda. Best to practice on something with less than about 150 hp so it doesn't get away from you.
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I was in your same boat! I had to drive a stick when my car was in the shop. I thought I'd never learn but I learned in one day. It just takes practice and don't over think it and get nervous! Good luck!
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Re: new to driving a manual

Yah the biggest thing is practice...

As said the friction point is key. Find this and master it...once you have located the "sweet spot" you'll have no issues starting in 1st.

I've heard mixed opinions on what Spec was referring to - engine braking. I do it all the time on my bike and have when I drove manuals...but then I like the exhaust whaling upon decceleration lol.
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