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Old 04-07-2016, 04:14 PM
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Question Learning to drive a manual

I ordered a new JK with a manual transmission. Something I don't know how to drive. I have other reasons for ordering a stick but one is just for the experience. Are there any videos that you know of that could really help me prep? It kills me that my husband will be the first person to drive my car until I figure out what I'm doing.

I don't know anyone with a manual transmission so borrowing a car is not an option. I also looked into hiring someone but no one offers classes around here in Houston that I could find.

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Re: Learning to drive a manual

I have one and it's great. You can start with reading the Wrangler's owner's manual. Believe it or not, they have some info in there on the acceptable method to shift. Then once you know how to do from reading, I bet you can find some good videos on You Tube. The best is practice as it is completely a "feel" type thing.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

The dealership can take you on a backroad and show you how to drive it (since you are buying it from then especially). That's actually how I learned to drive a manual - I got my license not long after The Fast and the Furious movies, so I was all about a manual sports car.


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Re: Learning to drive a manual

A big parking lot and a helpful co-driver OTHER than a spouse helps.
The trick is just coordinating the clutch and shift movements.
Once it stops grinding and jerking, you've picked up the body memory and should never lose it.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

Not sure why you ordered a manual if you can't drive one.
How do you know if you're going to like it?
Personally I've had a manual car in the past and wouldn't buy one again for everyday driving.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

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Not sure why you ordered a manual if you can't drive one.
How do you know if you're going to like it?
Personally I've had a manual car in the past and wouldn't buy one again for everyday driving.
I guess it's a risk. Just like buying a car I've only test driven. I have other reasons as well.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

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.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

Go rent a car, make sure to get there full coverage insurance. it is a challenge to find a stick from a rental company but some still have them... That way if u mess it up its not your car... The other thing is Carmax has a 5 day return policy, go buy a cheap car that's a stick drive it for a few days then return it.... Just a couple ideas for ya...... : )
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

I bought my YJ with the manual, and learned to drive a stick on the way home from the dealer (during freezing rain too).

Its not that tough.
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

It is not as challenging as you probably think it is. BUT...DO NOT LET YOUR HUSBAND BE YOUR INSTRUCTOR UNLESS YOU ARE READY TO SLEEP IN DIFFERENT ROOMS!
I suspect there is someone at the dealership that can take you on a test drive and give you some basics. Then, practice, practice, practice in a large parking lot after hours. Jeeps, just like VWs of old are very forgiving and you will master it in no time. Kudos for jumping in to it. I suppose I am of a different generation, and I beg your forgiveness, but I don't think dmv should issue licenses to anyone that cannot drive a manual transmission. I'm just saying!
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Re: Learning to drive a manual

I bought a YJ new and I had never driven a manual. This was Atlanta where it is very hilly.

A couple of hours in a parking lot was all it took to get comfortable enough to drive on the roads and then if you drive it daily it will be second nature in no time.

I'm saving up for another Jeep. It will definitely be a manual!

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Go rent a car, make sure to get there full coverage insurance. it is a challenge to find a stick from a rental company but some still have them... That way if u mess it up its not your car... The other thing is Carmax has a 5 day return policy, go buy a cheap car that's a stick drive it for a few days then return it.... Just a couple ideas for ya...... : )
tsk tsk tsk.
The rental car companies that carry stick shift models tend to make you demonstrate at least basic stick shift driving skills before they allow you to rent one.
Hertz started this with the old Shelby Mustangs.

For the OP, one huge mistake beginning stick drivers make is keeping your foot on the
clutch pedal while driving. Even the tiniest pressure can produce wear in the
clutch throwout. If you use enough pressure to partially open the clutch, you also get wear on the clutch plates themselves.

Make sure that after you shift or start moving, get your foot off the pedal and keep it off.

As you engage the clutch [particularly on start up from a stop] don't be too afraid to suffer a few jerks from pulling back your foot too fast. You'll quickly learn the speed that just avoids the jerks. It is pulling your foot back too slow plus leaving your foot on the clutch that causes premature wear.

If you avoid both, there isn't any real reason why your first clutch couldn't see normal life.

Other tip--avoid off-roading until you get really good at using the clutch.
If you find yourself feathering the clutch [leaving it partially engaged but slipping a bit], you are using too high a gear--the Wrangler rarely needs that tactic which can also cause clutch wear.

Have fun, and enjoy. You will have more control with the stick for sticky situations so just relax and learn to use it.
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