Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: How do you use the manual transmission?

asked by on

How do you use the manual transmission?

A: If your car is equipped with a manual trans...

If your car is equipped with a manual transmission, there are a few things you’ll need to know about using it. It’s pretty similar to any other stick shift you’ve driven, but let’s cover the most pertinent parts quickly:

  1. Make sure you have the clutch pedal pressed to the floor before shifting out of or into any gear.

  2. Reverse is at the top left.

  3. First gear is up and left from neutral.

  4. Second gear is down and left from neutral.

  5. Third gear is directly up from neutral.

  6. Fourth gear is directly down from neutral.

  7. Fifth gear is up and to the right from neutral.

  8. Sixth gear is down and to the right from neutral.

Nissan rates gear shifting speeds as follows:

  • From first to second: 8-9 MPH

  • From second to third: 17-19 MPH

  • From third to fourth: 25-26 MPH

  • From fourth to fifth: 31-36 MPH

  • From fifth to sixth: 37-51 MPH

Tips

  • Shifting speeds vary depending on the engine in your car.

  • If it’s hard to get the car into reverse, first or second gear, let off the clutch and then press the pedal again.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: I just bought a f150 1993 truck and I had it on cruise control going about 70 and lost power like something not catching.

There could have been something that went wrong with your transmission. Try driving in 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and reverse to see if the vehicle will move. If the vehicle only moves in 4th gear, then the counter shaft has burned...

Q: How do I change the display?

You can change the display based on what you would like the audio system to show you. The display has two available options: Title (the song name or program title will be displayed), and Name/Title (artist and song name, or...

Q: How do you check the engine oil?

Checking the level of oil in the engine is a critical part of general maintenance and something that you should do regularly (with every fill-up, ideally). Here’s how to do it the right way: Park so the car is...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.