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Old 10-01-2013, 08:37 PM   #1
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Couple of questions about driving..

First question is when you're from a stop how can I take off faster without stalling and revving too high? I drove a civic SI which was a 6 speed manual and I just feathered the clutch a little to get going faster but it seems much harder to do in this car, I can take off just fine but I take forever to move lol... I love the car and think I'm just doing something wrong, also second question noticed that first to second is a little jerky, especially at high RPMs, it jerks really hard sometimes... Basically I learned from shifting from 2 to 3 3 to 4 4 to 5 5 to 6 just let go of gas, clutch in, shift, clutch out, gas and that's always nice and smooth but from first to second i have to feather a little to keep it smooth... so just wanted to know if I'm doing it wrong or what..

I love this car and just want to drive it once, it is much better than my 06 civic si and I love the way it handles and of course shifts! The clutch is also way better. I had a good clutch in my civic si and it was still running strong at 120k miles but for some reason this clutch just feels better :D

Also if it matters it's a 2014 Ford Focus ST3 :D


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Old 10-01-2013, 08:49 PM   #2
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Different release point, time and it being new which might have some "break in" time. From what it sounds like its more aggressive than your used to. This means its just a smaller window to get it to and it being a different point your "muscle memory" is trying to drive a civic. Practice a little and find that rough idle point and just rest your foot on the gas, as you roll less clutch and enough gas to keep idle. You'll get used to it.

Side note, smoothest normal acceleration shifts, just relax the gas enough so it wont rev you depress the clutch. Then short the time your playing around shift, pull it N as you'r depressing and then only depress enough to slide it the next gear. There will be essentially no jerking and it will be smooth as silk when your good.
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Turn the traction control off.
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I will turn traction control off and see how that goes :D thanks

Also ferret, I definitely agree with muscle memory, I'm starting to finally move a little faster now. It's great and I'm nearing 700 miles on the car :D
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I will turn traction control off and see how that goes...
That's clearly not a good idea considering that you're driving a car that you are not highly familiar with.
ESC is your friend.
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Turning the esc off puts the car in sport mode, you should read your manual first. Hold the esc bottom for five seconds and the car will go into track mode.
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I did read that in the manual I have yet to experience it yet and of course don't plan on it just yet XD
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The sport mode isn't crazy, for my experience feels like shifting is a bit more crisp. I haven't messed around with it yet. But try the sport mode( not if you care about mpg).
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The sport mode isn't crazy, for my experience feels like shifting is a bit more crisp. I haven't messed around with it yet. But try the sport mode( not if you care about mpg).
Sport mode doesn't change any engine parameters and thus does not affect fuel mileage.



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Turning the esc off puts the car in sport mode, you should read your manual first.
That's not correct.
Perhaps you should read the manual.
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^^^^ well in our ST is, maybe our driving habits has something to do with it, and yes, you are correct, turning the Esc totally off is track mode(hold it for 5 sec).
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