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Old 11-03-2013, 09:47 PM   #1
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Question Shifting tips

So I just bought my first car a 2001 zx3 manual. My dad is going to teach me how to drive but id like some general advice on driving manuals. The car has 90,000 miles so the transmission probably isnt as great as it could be.


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Old 11-03-2013, 10:13 PM   #2
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When starting out, let the clutch out slowly, foot off the throttle. You should find a point where the clutch grabs and the engine holds rpm and the car will move.
Finesse is key.
Don't panic. Don't give it too much throttle and be smooth and deliberate in your movements.

You'll do fine. The Focus is a very easy car to drive and learn with.
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Old 11-03-2013, 10:25 PM   #3
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#1 when your moving stay off the clutch pedal. Rest your foot off to the side.

#2 Since your learning and will stall, don't be afraid to stall, but don't be afraid to push the clutch back in either.

#3 Spend the weekend practicing, and you'll be fine.
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Old 11-03-2013, 11:22 PM   #4
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Good luck. Be patient. It shouldn't be too bad. I had to learn on an old explorer with a really tight clutch. Stay away from those hills.
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And Have Fun! You WILL stall the car a bunch of times, You Will feel like your riding a bucking bull sometimes, But you will get the hang of it, and you will enjoy it! Within a week you will feel like you have been driving stick your entire life!
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Good luck. Be patient. It shouldn't be too bad. I had to learn on an old explorer with a really tight clutch. Stay away from those hills.
Lol, yeah I froze on my first hill I needed to start moving on... And sadly it was very small hill, like 15' long
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Old 11-04-2013, 03:31 PM   #7
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Best advice I found on the internet:

http://www.cartalk.com/content/learn-drive-stick-1

Read through it all and have fun!

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Old 11-04-2013, 07:26 PM   #8
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I learned on my focus too, haha learned when I drove it home. There's nothing to it man, just don't worry when you stall, also as stated keep your foot off the clutch while moving unless downshifting or upshifting.
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On hills don't be afraid to pull up the emergency brake so you don't roll back.

Just stop emergency brake up, and when you feel the car trying to move forwards put it down.

I used this trick all the time on even the smallest hills.
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^^^ This helps a lot.
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