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Old 05-26-2005, 12:41 AM   #1
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Default first gear is being a bitch (5km/h)

I noticed my car won't allow me to switch into first when I'm going really slow. It has to be pretty much at a dead stop before it will allow me to. Is this common with all subaru's or what?

Also, my second gear sounds a little funny. Doesn't do it all the time. Just when it feels like it. It makes more of a high pitched noise. Hard to explain. Definately not quite like the rest. Assistance please!

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Old 05-26-2005, 02:18 AM   #2
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deal with it?

im seems like subarus werent made to go into first when rolling.

the high pitch noise just might be in ur head. turn up the music...
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Old 05-26-2005, 08:49 AM   #3
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Make sure your fluid isn't low - especially if it's a new car.
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Old 05-26-2005, 09:55 AM   #4
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first gear is always a bitch.

Either double clutch to first or don't put it in 1st unless your in a dead stop.
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Old 05-26-2005, 03:36 PM   #5
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Usually I put it in 2nd and engine brake, then clutch in and 1st is pretty easy to get into.
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Old 05-27-2005, 01:54 AM   #6
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1st gear is more of a bitch to get into than any other gear- but as long as you rev match it should be fine. I had a friend on an autox course drive my car and he was on the top of first and second- shifted 9 times around the 30 second course! So- if he can do it, I can learn to do it. I've been practicing for a while because i know its been tough to get into- just not autox course ready to be shiftin like that.

Cliff Notes: It can be done with rev matching with enough practice.
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Old 05-30-2005, 05:06 PM   #7
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it's because 1st gear isn't synchronized, just like reverse. You'll end up breaking your 1st gear if you keep trying to slam it into 1st from a roll.
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Old 05-30-2005, 06:05 PM   #8
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1st gear does have a synchronizer.
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Old 05-30-2005, 08:50 PM   #9
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Here's a tip, if you are rolling and need to go into first, give the car a little bit of gas, everything lines up better and the gear slides right in.
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Old 06-01-2005, 05:30 AM   #10
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Here's a tip, if you are rolling and need to go into first, give the car a little bit of gas, everything lines up better and the gear slides right in.

yeah thats a good option or while you are rolling hold it to the 1st gear position and it should also slip in while you are slowing down.
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Old 06-01-2005, 01:32 PM   #11
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do what he said...I can double clutch into 1st going 10mph (not that I would do it all the time)
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Here's a tip, if you are rolling and need to go into first, give the car a little bit of gas, everything lines up better and the gear slides right in.
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Old 06-01-2005, 04:48 PM   #12
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Here's a tip, if you are rolling and need to go into first, give the car a little bit of gas, everything lines up better and the gear slides right in.
bingo!
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Old 06-01-2005, 08:42 AM   #13
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Holding it in place is just waiting for the synchro. That causes wear on the synchro. It's better to rev match, as he describes.
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