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Old 31 Oct 2007, 07:48 am
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Default 5 Speed Question

I have been driving since 1970.....& this is my first manual shift car....
Does it wear the clutch faster if you shift gears at the point when the clutch engages (about 3/4 down) or do you have to step totally to the floor? My shifts are smoother at the point, as oppose to totally down.....also the way this car is designed....at my comfortable driving postion....gas , brake & wheel are perfect....but I have to extend to my toes to fully drop the clutch to the floor. Also in the rain when rubber shoes are wet & clutch rubber petal is wet ....not so easy to slip off......does changing to metal petals an advantage or "just for the look"?

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Default Re: 5 Speed Question

As long as you have pushed the pedal far enough for the clutch to completely release it is safe to shift.

You only really need to go all the way to the floor before shifting into first or reverse when stopped.... that lets your foot re-learn the engagement point, the point where the clutch first starts to engage and the car will begin moving.

The neatest part about the manual transmission (aside from better performance, better gas mileage, longer brake life) is a better sense of involvement with the car.

As for slippery pedals: The aftermarket pedal covers, like many things, have wide variation in quality. The good ones work. The cheap crappy ones are just for show.

Happy Shifting!
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