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Re: Learning to drive a manual

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Cover the tach and turn off the radio when you learning on the street, but first try letting out the clutch in a parking lot without any throttle. You will stall it a couple times, but taking it easy on the clutch through all the gears is going to make driving it a lot nicer in the long run. Once you start feeling better about it, and the engine is broke in, try doing a couple WOT pulls, then you know how the clutch grabs at different RPM. As I'm sure you have been told, your first clutch isn't going to last like it normally would, so if you can, get it replaced under warranty. Doubt they will go for it, but maybe. And definitely learn with someone other than a spouse or equivalent. Definitely.

I agree with letting the clutch out in a parking lot and learning how the Jeep just gets going. Let it stall a few times so you learn how to easily restart it and it won't fluster you while in traffic. Remember it can only stall if it gets down to a few hundred RPM's. Also, my opinion is its better to peel a little rubber on an incline than to roll back into the car behind you.


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Re: Learning to drive a manual

That's awesome that you decided to get a manual...that's what I wanted, but settled for the automatic. You'll get the hang of it quickly. Once you get the hang of it, it comes naturally. The Wrangler is actually a pretty forgiving manual compared to a lot of other vehicles out there. See if your husband can rent a manual since he knows how to drive one, and take that around first. Once you're rolling in first gear, you just alternate pedals. Foot off gas, clutch in, gear changed, clutch out slowly as you start to press on the gas...rinse and repeat.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

The one thing I was instructed when learning to drive a manual was this: Your foot goes on the clutch pedal ONLY when shifting. Other than that, your left foot stays on the floor, even BETWEEN upshifts.


I have put hundreds of thousands of miles on manual transmission vehicles and NEVER replaced a clutch. Every manual I had (except one) went 100K miles plus on the original clutch.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

Here's a video i found on JK shifting.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

Learning to drive a stick on a flat road is pretty easy! However, starting from a stop on a steep hill without stalling & rolling backwards takes a lot of practice! Good luck!
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

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Here's a video i found on JK shifting.
That guy is a little rough on his shifts. Relax, let the shifter glide into gear, don't have to pound it in.

My 16 year old son learned in 3 days, and we live in a hilly area, it's not that hard. Good luck, kudos to you for buying a manual and fighting the good fight.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

congrats on the decision...
driving a manual is pretty easy.. rush hour stop and go traffic sucks sometimes... you will have fun though... one pointer...
dont rest your foot on the clutch pedal as a foot rest... it can cause your throw-out bearing to wear out faster and some times allow the clutch to slip ...
i learned a as a teenager in the early 80s.. lol...

my 2007 jk went over 100000 miles on the original clutch...


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Re: Learning to drive a manual

Awesome job on choosing manual transmission. You won't regret. When I was 16, I bought my first car stick, had no idea how to drive it. The dealership actually delivered it to my house. I had a friend take me around the block once to show me the fundamentals, then I practiced a few times in the neighborhood and picked it up real well. Like others mentioned, you may stall or jerk a few times, but don't worry you will pick it up in no time! I wish I was closer, I would have loved to drive your new jeep and show you lol
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If you're looking for an instructional video... check this out. This is considered mandatory viewing when it comes to standard transmissions. And if anyone asks... you can always say Steve McQueen gave me a quick lesson lol. This'll get your blood flowing.


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