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Old 06-17-2002, 03:50 PM   #1
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Default Silly silly question... A newbie obviously

Yes, I know this question will sound silly to you expert MT drivers. I just got my MT WRX on Saturday. I have mininmal experience with an MT and still having little itsy bitsy troubles. I can pretty much take off smoothly, but slowly... I'm having some trouble going up a hill from a full stop. I can't quite find the spot where the clutch takes over and where I should add some gas. Any suggestions on the WRX?
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Old 06-17-2002, 04:28 PM   #2
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Congrats on your new purchase! I've gotta tell you, the Bay Area's one of the last places I'd want to have to initally learn to drive a MT.

Compared to lots of other MT cars, the clutch engagement point is higher up in the clutch pedal's travel. So you're going to be letting it out for a bit with the revs up slightly before anything happens. This is made a LOT easier if you use your E-brake to just barely hold the car motionless on the hill, so that you can use both feet for the above without the car rolling back.

Practice this on very mild hills, or even on the flats for a bit before you progress to something really steep. You'll learn to recognize when the engine/clutch is pulling the car uphill against the E-brake, which is the cue for you to release the E-brake.
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Old 06-17-2002, 06:33 PM   #3
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what i do when i get into a new MT car...
start the car, put on the ebrake, put it in gear, and let the clutch out until it shakes or stall, when the time you can get your leg to memorize where the threashold is, you are set,

dont' worry about stalling, it will happen and it's inevitable
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Old 06-21-2002, 12:15 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice. I really appreciate it. If you don't know already, I'm a female. And the thought of driving a manual drives my mom up the wall. But I really want to show her... and other people (mostly guys ) that a female can drive a stick too! I practiced on some residential hills yesterday. I did pretty well... But my takeoffs are slow... I don't mean takeoffs as if I'm racing. But just accelerating. It's still a little difficult for me to find the engagement point. My leg muscle hasn't memorized it, but I can watch the RPMs. But like I said... I find that it takes some time just to find that point and start accelerating.

But... Nonetheless... I will learn.
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Old 06-21-2002, 01:24 PM   #5
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Somewhat off topic.

My wife had never even ridden in an automatic car until I had her try a new vw bug I had borrowed.

She DIDNT KNOW HOW TO DRIVE AUTO!!! Tell me thats not crazy

She is from indonesia and from her description 99-99.5% of the cars are stick. As far as she knew it was only 5 or 6 years ago that you could even purchase an automatic, and only the extremely rich have it. After telling this story to a couple people ( I have alot of non american born friends) they stated it was similar where they are from. It seems that america is really off the charts compared to the rest of the world for the amount of automatic vehicles sold.

Good luck! A girl that can drive a stick is always cool.
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Old 06-21-2002, 03:18 PM   #6
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well, my only advice is the old addage: practice makes perfect.

you get my respect for learning stick in the Bay area... had I grown up around there, I'd be dead once I started driving; I'd have rolled backwards into the bay before I really ever made it out on the road.
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Old 06-21-2002, 05:58 PM   #7
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I have driven manuals since I learned how to drive (they are std equipment on most inexpensive cars) and when I rented a Neon on a trip, I had to let my wife drive becaue I tend to "short shift" my cars when I am in no hurry, and with the Neon I stomped on the brake pedal with my left foot wanting to shift the car before the auto trans thought it wanted to. I did this 3 times in the course of a 50 min drive before I finally gave up.

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