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Old 12-25-2002, 12:49 AM   #1
wrexsta
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My driveway is on a 40 degree uphill. When I push in the clutch to start the engine, the car starts to roll backwards. Keep in mind that the parking brake is still on and the car is still in 1st gear(I park the car in 1st gear). Is this normal? Is the car supposed to roll back even with the e-brake and 1st gear engaged?

P.S This is my first manual tranny car. I had never driven stick previously. I had to learn how to drive stick on this car. Could I have somehow messed something up? There was this one time when I drove about a block with the e-brake on(accidentally).. could this have worn out my e-brake or something?
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Old 12-25-2002, 01:20 AM   #2
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Don't worry, everything you describe is normal. A 40 degree incline is a lot, so when you push in the clutch to start the car, it disengages 1st gear and unless you really crank up on the e-brake, the car might roll back. And driving for a block or so won't hurt the e-brake.

Because of your steep incline, you'll probably have to step on the brake every time you start your car to keep it from moving.
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Old 12-25-2002, 01:34 AM   #3
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That is normal. Just remember whenever you step on the clutch all the way, the gear is practically in neutral.

It's good idea to step on both pedals (brake and clutch) whenever you start the engine. That way you will not roll back or foward. Be safe.
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Old 12-25-2002, 01:47 AM   #4
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yea, do what willo saids.... it's a very GOOD IDEA to start the car with your feet on the clutch and the brake!!!
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Old 12-25-2002, 01:50 AM   #5
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wooohhh... thanks guys.. i got a little worried there for a second. Me = noob
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Old 12-25-2002, 03:15 PM   #6
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I disagree that it does not hurt to drive for a block with the e-brake on.

I do agree to use the e-brake, but only long enough to get you moving. Hold the e-brake up with the button depressed. Then as you feel the clutch grab, ease the e-brake down.

Another way is to use heel-toe. You need a little more skill to do that properly, but practice makes perfect.

Is it really a 40 incline, or is that exaggeration? That would be steeper than ANY driveway I have ever seen.

Better get used to a burned clutch smell.
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