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Q: How do you use the manual transmission?

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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, 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.

  1. Put your feet on the clutch and the brake.

  2. Crank the engine.

  3. Move the gearshift into 1 or R.

  4. Let off the brake and move that foot to the gas pedal.

  5. Let off the clutch while pressing the gas.

  6. Repeat the clutch/gas combination to shift from 1 to 2 and so on.

Tips

  • Don’t use first gear if you’re going over 30 MPH.

  • The speeds Ford recommends for shifting are as follows:

    • 1 to 2: 13 MPH
    • 2 to 3: 25 MPH
    • 3 to 4: 33 MPH
    • 4 to 5: 44 MPH
    • 5 to 6: 52 MPH
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