How do you use the manual transmission?
If your car is equipped with a manual transmission, you’ll need to shift through gears by hand rather than letting the transmission handle things. Here’s how to work the system:
Always press the clutch pedal all the way down when shifting gears to avoid damaging the clutch.
You have to press the clutch to start the engine.
Put your feet on the clutch and the brake.
Crank the engine.
Move the gearshift into 1 or R.
Let off the brake and move that foot to the gas pedal.
Let off the clutch while pressing the gas.
Repeat the clutch/gas combination to shift from 1 to 2 and so on.
Don’t use first gear if you’re going over 30 MPH.
The speeds Ford recommends for shifting are as follows:
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