Originally Posted by Bloodcraft
Okay I am a fairly new stick driver and I had some questions. I first learned stick on a 1991 Volvo 240, but that was many years ago. I purchased a 2006 wrangler 6-speed and wanted to make sure i was doing everything properly.
ok here are my questions:
1. Is it okay to keep the clutch half engaged during reverse? I have a small turn-around in my driveway and I almost half to keep the clutch half engaged to hold myself back. Also is keeping the clutch half engaged in traffic jams okay?
2. is 1st gear different then all the other gears? Can I still bring the RPMS up to 3 or further? why does my car make a chunking sound when i shift at low rpms from first to second?
4. The car makes a clacking noise if the clutch is engaged when the rpms excede 2rpms or more
5. Does it strain a car to go past 2.5 - 3 rpms when shifting?
6. Sometimes when im shifting the gear shifter level from l ets say 1st to 2nd I can feel it being grabbed into the slot? like i can feel the gear being pulled into the gear slot is this normal? even when the clutch is completely down to the floor?
7. Is it okay to shift fast? it almost seems as if i have to pause in neutral then continue into the next gear because it has such a long throw.
8. Also in parking lots etc. what do you guys do? I find that 1st gear has such a high excessive engine whine when i let off the gas its annoying..
thanks for the tips guys
1) im sure that eventually u will stop leaving the clutch half engaged. i find it normal to do that when trying to remember after not driving stick for a little while (happens to me after a few months). it would be better to learn at some point how NOT to leave it half engaged, as it wears down a bit more when half engaged.
2) sure, u can shift 1st gear like every other gear. as for the chunking sound, i dont get wat you're trying to say.
3) again, the clacking noise. clacking as in a metal against metal sound or something?
4) no it doesnt strain the car shifting at those rpm levels. those are the rpm numbers i shift the supra at while cruising just fine (without charging the turbo as well).
5) grabbed into the slot? as in it kinda pops into place? yea, thats normal.
6) dont need to shift lightning fast. eventually, u kinda learn the "proper" rythm when driving normally. of course, AFTER pressing the clutch, it shouldnt take like 2 seconds to move the shift lever, but u know. kinda hard to explain when im in a bit of a rush atm.
7) excessive engine whine? wtf? i always park in reverse though, which normally DOES whine, but i no one seems to care (and i have seen this in almost every manual car). if it's the same sound that i think it is.... well, that's odd. such a new car shouldnt whine in 1st gear. i honestly dont know if it has to do with the way it was made (like if it's normal on that wrangler) or if it's something else.