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Today was the first time I drove a manual...

So, as some of you know, I'm getting my 5sp swap done to my lude...I know it's about time. I'm dropping it off to the guy on Friday and on Sunday it would be finished. So, until Sunday is the amount of time I would have to learn to drive stick. Today, a good friend of mine began giving me lessons on manual, he drives a 2000 civic Si.

After about an hour of driving, I'm still a bit stuck upon the clutch point/1st gear part. I slowly let go of the clutch, waiting for that shake, then when I feel it, I slowly give it some gas. Sometimes it goes smoothly, but yet, most of the time, I somehow make the car shake violently, or just die out.

Tomorrow, I would be practicing again, but I now know the concept of how to shift, hopefully I would pick it up faster this time and before Sunday, because its about an hour and a half drive from the guys place for the swap.

How did you guys do when you first started on stick shift and how long did it take for you to get the hang of it? Do you think its possible for me to learn by Sunday?
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

you can easily learn. I've taught a few girls and literally just about taught myself driving my far home. first off stay calm, dont he nervous. second, rev it to like 1500 and slowly let the clutch out, don't do what you're doing. the rest is just practice man
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

First manual car i drove was a 5th gen prelude, the guy was expecting me to move his while he test drove my automatic 5th gen.
I had taught myself before by watching other people drive(as i sit shotgun in the front)
im not an expert but the trick is dont let the clutch out to fast or to slow. Or the car will stall on you.
At times I do remember the car just over revving itself when I tried putting it in reverse or foward.(i think this happens when you hold the gas while your press the clutch)
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MORE GAS!!!! Dont be scared, its not a drag car.
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MORE GAS!!!! Dont be scared, its not a drag car.
I wouldnt necessarily yell "MORE GAS!!!!" but he is right, what you are doing is typical of needing to apply more gas. It was rough for me at first too, but once you get it it just kind of clicks. Doing what upsluder said might help you. Also, just sit there with the car off press the clutch and let it out nice and slow plenty of times. Get a feel for that catch point. Next with the car on put it in first and let the clutch out and don't wait for the car to shake, but rather when the clutch feels different (hint: the car should feel like its starting to lurch forward) IF you do it slow enough the car should barely shake at all. I can get my car up to about 8mph in first without ever touching the gas...Anywho, do that quite a few times. Then once your comfortable, do it some more. THEN at that point when the car starts to lurch (aka the clutch starts grabbing) give er some gas. around 1500 rpm and you should be good. From there is just fine tuning and learning not to ride the clutch.

goodluck, and congrats on the swap!
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

Taught my brother how to drive and seems like he was more nervous about what i would say if he stalled, so don't be nervous, listen to the guys above, they gave out real good instructions.
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

i think the fear of stalling is something everyone had at some point. you just need to get used to your own clutch and listen/feel the car it will become second nature to you. i was 15 when i drove my first 5 speed. it was a 91 Ls integra
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

Imo the best way to learn how to drive a stick is to practice on a hill.. You'll be able to "feel" the clutch engaging more..

You'll get used to it..don't worry

It took me a few days to really get use to it.. But my buddy that learned how at the same time was still stalling after a month lol. Everyone is different... But you won't even realize that you're even shifting once u get the hang of it.. It just happens naturally lol
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

not that i recommend it but just sayin, you could rev it as high as you wanted as long as you let the clutch out slowly and evenly and you wouldn't have a problem as far as lurching or killing it.

what i'm tryin to say is, don't be afraid to give er some gas! and listen to the previous posters, they know what they're talkin about!
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Re: Today was the first time I drove a manual...

Getting going in first is always the hardest to learn. 2-5 are cake. just keep practicing, if you already have the concept down and have a little practice, you should be ready for your 'lude. I bought an '98 Civic EX manual as my first car (not knowing how to drive it). my dad took me to an empty parking lot and said "watch me". then got out of the car, into his, and left me there. 45 minutes from home on country roads when I was 17!. That's how I learned.

There's some good advice in this thread, wish I had it when I learned.
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I was taught by leaving my clutch foot away from the clutch and gas my engine till it was about 2000rpm. Did that a few times then finally added the clutch and SLOWLY let go of the clutch. It wasn't good for the clutch but I had to learn on a Stage 2 clutch so the engagement point was shorter.
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just pin it and dump it....LOL

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