5 Things You Should Never Do In A Manual Transmission Vehicle


Hello everyone and welcome In this video we’ll be talking about five bad habits that you may fall into driving a manual transmission vehicle. And the reason I’m making this video is because you know behind the scenes there’s a lot of things happening with a manual transmission that you may not be thinking about if you don’t fully understand how they work. So we’re gonna get into these bad habits and talk about why exactly you may not want to do them. So the first one is you shouldn’t rest your hand on the gear shift in a manual transmission vehicle you shouldn’t use it as a hand rest instead whenever you need to shift gear, you know do the gear shift and then take your hand of put it back on the wheel, do the gear shift take your hand off put back on the wheel if you need to down shift take your hand off put it back on the wheel you shouldn’t be resting your hand on the gear shift so why shouldn’t you rest your hand on the gear shift? well you have too understand whats happening within the transmission so when you are shifting a gear you have a selector fork and you are pushing that selector fork up against a rotating collar and you press that collar into the gear that you wanna choose So what you have happening is you have static object that just moves back and forth rubbing up against this rotating component thats used to select the gear So you’re gonna have a little bit of wear on that selector fork when you do shift gears. But it’s not much because it’s a very short duration where you pressing up against it now if you’re leaving your hand on the
gear shift while it’s in gear what’s happening is you could be
applying pressure on that selector fork up against that collar so you’ve got a
rotating component pressing up against that selector fork and you can wear out
that selector fork and so you don’t want to be doing that. Now if you just put a
little bit of a pressure on it if you’re not really touching it much if you’re
just kind of holding in place because you’re going to you know select another
gear next it’s not a huge deal but you should know
that putting pressure on it can cause premature wear of those gear for it’s
because you’re pressing up against the rotating component and you can even find
in owner’s manuals it will tell you not to use the gear shift as a hand rest.
now another good reason not to leave your hand on the gear shift is that it’s
also just a good idea to have both hands on the wheel for maximum control
especially in any sort of competitive environment. So moving on to number two one bad habit is to leave it in gear
while you’re sitting at a stoplight so if you come up to a stoplight the best
idea instead of just leaving it in gear take it out of here put it in neutral
and let your foot off the clutch so why should you do this well here is
the pressure plate and this is the diaphragm spring and so this is what’s
going to be engaging and disengaging your clutch and so within your
transmission this is the throw out bearing and so when you push in that
clutch pedal what you’re doing is you’re pushing the
throw out bearing up against this diaphragm spring and you’re relieving
pressure so that it doesn’t clamp down on that clutch disc so when you’re sitting at a stoplight
and you put it in gear what you’re doing is you’re pressing
this up against it and you can wear out these throw out bearing so it’s
unnecessary wear to just have it sitting there so you can just put it in neutral let out the clutch and then you know it
can sit there and it’s not wearing up against it now the other thing is when you do have
your clutch engaged with it in neutral you’re not gonna have your clutch
spinning in there so you know if you did start to have some clearance issues with
your clutch you could have some premature wear just
sitting there with an in gear rather than engaging it now people will
argue hey you know you want to have it in gear just in case you need to get up
and go or whatever but you know there’s plenty of scenarios where there’s going
to be a car in front of you a car behind things like that there’s no need to just
leave it in gear and it doesn’t really take any time to put it into gear it’s a
very quick thing to do and the other thing people say it’s like
hey you know you might get rear-ended you want to have it in gear so that you
know if your foot comes off the clutch your vehicle stops it’s like well you
should have your foot on the brake so if you are going to get rounded your foots
are going to be on the break I’ve had this happen to me twice unfortunately in my Subaru STi where
I’ve been stopped with my foot on the brake cards in neutral and I’ve been hit
from behind and it’s not a big deal you know you keep your foot on the brake
your kind of natural reaction in an emergency situation like that is a
tendency to break because you don’t want to move you’re not trying to move so your thought is I need to stop moving
so you hit the brake when your foots already on it you know obviously you’re
just going to stay stopped but anyways the big point there with leaving it in
neutral when you come to a stop light is to prevent premature wear of this throw
out bearing which is going to be pressing up against that diaphragm
spring moving on to number three you should
never use the clutch to hold yourself on a hill and this may seem pretty obvious
but plenty of people still do it where you basically feather the throttle and
the clutch pedal to get that sweet spot where your vehicle doesn’t roll down the hill but what you’re doing
is you’re burning up the friction material on your clutch disc so your
clutch is spinning at one speed and your engines is the pressure plate here which
sandwiches this clutch disc between the flywheel this is going to be rotating at another
speed based on your throttle so you’re rotating this at one speed in
order to bring this up to speed and in doing so you’re just gonna be wearing
out this friction material because this is rubbing up against the pressure plate
and flywheel and so you’re going to be wearing out your clutch and there’s just
absolutely no reason to do that so instead what you should be doing is
just holding the brake when you’re on the hill that seems pretty obvious but
the next question is okay well how do I accelerate well there’s two things that you can do
actually probably three things a lot of modern cars now come with break hold and
so when you’re on a hill and you have the clutch pressed in when you let your
foot off the brake they’ll tend to hold you now plenty of
vehicles do not for example I don’t believe this nissan 370z has it and so in that case if it’s not a big
hill you know you can just kind of wait and then get on to the throttle fairly
quickly bring out your clutch a little bit so you know you’re ready to do that
and have a transition you may roll a little bit back but not much where it
matters now the third scenario let’s say you’re on a pretty steep hill and you
don’t want to roll back because there’s a car right behind you well what you’re going to do is pull the
brake you’ve got your clutch pedal and your foot on the brake you can now let your foot off of the
break assuming your brakes going to hold you and so then what you want to do you can
put it in gear now you’re going to start to ease off of the clutch where it
starts to bite and you’ll feel this because the car is going to start to
talk a little bit and then you’re going to let off the brake and then you’re off
now it’s a good idea to practice this on flat ground so you get the hang of it
before you’re actually on a hill and you need to actually do it for real so you know you can just find an empty
parking lot something like that pull the ebrake start to let the clutch out you can feel it start to grab let me
break down and you accelerate you don’t roll back at all number four didn’t apply a lot of throttle when
you’re not at a very high engine rpm so for example if you’re in sixth year
and I’m going 40 miles per hour right now it’s not a good idea to floor it
because what you’re doing is you’re lugging the engine it’s not a huge
gearing disadvantage and you’re telling it to accelerate as hard as it can and
so you’re kind of conflicting there so rather than you know flooring in 6th
gear it’s a much smarter idea don’t be lazy just down shift if you need more than 50
or you know go down the second gear if you need you can skip gear so long as
you rub match i have a separate video explaining that but it is important that
you know if you need to accelerate don’t be lazy just down shift because you’re
going to lug the engine if you have it in you know 60 or 40
miles per hour in the engine RPMs are really low and you’re telling it to work
really hard but it’s that such a huge gearing disadvantage that it doesn’t
work out it can cause problems and finally number five one thing you don’t want to do is while
you’re driving rest your foot let’s see here on the highway rest your foot on
the clutch pedal and that also seems pretty obvious but it’s also something
that some people commonly do and so there are several reasons why don’t want
to do this first of all resting your foot on that clutch pedal means your
clutch may not be fully engaged in so you can have a little bit of slip with
their clutch disc you’re not putting down full power and
you can be wearing out your clutch another reason there is you can be
wearing out your throw out bearing once again because you’re pressing that throw
out bearing against the diaphragm spring as i showed earlier in the video so those are five habits that may be
fairly common for some people if you don’t fully understand how manual
transmission works hopefully that cleared up the confusion
and hopefully you know you can learn from that if you are applying any of
these bad driving techniques you know from time to time i’ll always find
myself resting my hand on the gearshift lever it’s not the end of the world you
know I’m not applying a ton of pressure on and wearing out that fort but there
are some little things like that what you may not always be thinking
about which you you know but should put a little bit of thought into while
driving a manual transmission vehicle as you could wear it out a little bit
sooner so thank you guys for watching and if
you have any questions or comments feel free to leave those below I guess it really need to make the
noises i mean it’s got a great sounding engine.

100 thoughts on “5 Things You Should Never Do In A Manual Transmission Vehicle

  • To everyone commenting that I'm wearing out the parking brake, I made a video for you! 🙂 https://youtu.be/1ePcNfx1UEw

  • This is literally the worst tutorial on how to fillet a fish I have ever watched! I ended up with a $2,000 hospital bill when they had to remove my penis from the Chinese finger trap I got at Dave and Busters after spending $445 on arcade games to get 110 tickets. On top of everything, I ended up burning out my clutch on the way to the hospital because I kept it in gear at every light while my hand was on the shifter and I was on a hill the entire time!

  • Okay, so I don't do any of the things except maybe the lug engine thing. I'm not new to driving a manual but I'm kinda lost at what he meant. So are you supposed to be in the clutch that allows the engine to go? Like for example first gear obviously doesn't allow to go that fast, so should I give the car more throttle where the RPM is at 4? My car is a older car like a 2001 Acura and it's a bit modified. So whenever I'm in first gear and give the car gas it makes the car Rev up and that's when I switch gears. Also is it a good idea to go neutral when going down hill?

  • Dude, your argument on your automatic transmission about keeping it in neutral was because it takes your control away (and its illegal). Pick one dammit

  • In the UK official advice is not you leave your foot on the brake, due to glare from brake light and the possibility of it slipping off. You should use the parking brake.

    I love the way you have to tell people how to hill start. Can't pass a test for a manual car without doing that (if you pass in an auto you can only drive auto).

  • I love the way you simply explain things! My clutch, when i put it in neutral, while on a hill, makes a whining noise, therefore, i've been pressing down on the clutch pedal on a hill because the whining then goes away. Why am i getting this whining noise? thank you

  • Though I think I have watched this video before:
    My parents car will not allow you to downshift when exceeding speeds the lower gear can not handle, there is a plate in the gear-system actually blocking the stick shift in those cases (something my driving instructor explained when I was having trouble doing that when feeling in a hurry).
    Actually, revolution matching, I have not heard of a car sold in Europe that does not do this on it's own, you can safely shift down from 5th or 4th gear in a speed that might get you into the reds and let the clutch come up (preferably while using the brake pedal to stop the clutch grab aggressively and slowing you down abrubtly).
    Having kilometers an hour as speed gauge is actually pretty handy, because cars that come without a revolution gauge tell you something about the gear you are in through the sound they produce at the 10, 20, 30, 40 and 50 kilometer mark on the speed gauge.
    10 kilometers is considered safe to shift up to second gear, where 20 kilometers an hour becomes the safe lowest-border value to downshift from second gear to first gear (and be able to slow the car down by either using only the drag of the first gear).
    The list basically goes on from that, where 50 kilometers an hour can be seen as the lowest speed cars can easily maintain in 5th gear (this will depend on the type of car though, I have driven a rental that allthough being perfectly fine being driven 50 kilometers in 5th gear, did make an awful low frequency hum when doing so (not the stuttering kind of hum, and there are cars that are not able to sustain this, without a doubt, a really old van I have driven for work once did not have power steering and required to really step on the gas and then shift instead of what I learned in driving school, that cars can easily shift up between 1500-2000 rpm's :P).

  • If you rebuild your own transmission, you'll be doing everything to prevent it from wearing out prematurely.

  • in my car the first gear is sometime effortless getting in but some times i have to put effort in in to push it in 1st gear is this a problem?

  • Don't rest your hand on the gearshift.
    2. Put car in neutral while sitting at a traffic light.
    3. Never use clutch while stopped on a hill.
    4. Don't apply a lot of throttle/acceleration when you're in low revs, downshift first (Don't be lazy!!!!)
    5.

  • Question: I am cruising at a high speed at 6th gear but then I have to slow down. Is it okay if I shift to 5th gear (gradually letting go of the clutch) so as to apply engine break, while also gently depressing the foot brake?
    Please respect my comment 🙂

  • @6:08 revs are at 2k moving off then drop to 1k when clutch is let out as if easing off the gas pedal before raising back upwards to 1.5k.. anyone know why this is? I have this happen on my own car and it feels an issue

  • 5:54 is a common thing to learn in Dutch driving lessons and is called "hellingproef" translates to slopetest where this technique is used.

  • Im in driving school and I release clutch everytime my instructor is telling me something and car is stopped…. They should teach us, how transmission and clutch works… I know it from school, so I dont have a problem with it, but there are guys/girls they dont know things like theese :/

  • Why do Americans have to change the name of everything? Throwout bearing? 🤦🏼‍♂️ it’s a clutch release bearing stop trying to be special!

  • We shouldn't keep the car in gear at a red light but is it okay to press the clutch pedal all the way while being in neutral? That way when it's a green light, you just switch to 1st gear and let go. You don't have to worry about pressing the clutch first.

  • I'm new to driving stick so I'd appreciate some help. What's the difference between applying clutch and neutral? I thought both release the transmission from being engaged.

    A side question, I live in a very hilly era so I often try to save gas by pressing the clutch all the way in when I'm going downhill while keeping it in gear. I make sure to completely floor the pedal to prevent any wear on the clutch. Bad idea and if so why?

  • I mean if you're resting your hand on your stick and its causing wear I think you may need to see a doctor.

  • One more good reason to NOT wait in gear at a traffic light is that the little time you need to gear into first, might be enough for you to avoid the guy that tried to catch up a red light and failed…saved me a couple of times

  • Well, it seems I've done a good job using a manual trans. I always held my knob, but not rested on it.

  • My dad, 35 years ago, preached to me and my sister to never rest our hand on the shifter because it needed to vibrate. I guess dad was right all along.

  • See in the UK (where most cars are still manual transmission) it's generally taught that when you stop (say at a set of lights) you put the car in neutral and put your handbrake (parking brake) on.

    If you get rear ended the car should be held on the handbrake (unless it's a more severe collision).

    It allows you to rest your left leg and better still it means you aren't blinding the driver behind with your brake lights.

    And with a little practice and familiarity it takes maybe 2 or 3 seconds to put the car in gear, release the handbrake and then move off safely when the lights change.

  • My 6th gear pops back to neutral when I shift it to that gear. Is it ok for me to drive 70-80 mph on 5th? I have a 2012 Scion tC

  • 5:35 – whilst we are talking about unnecessary wear and tear, please please please push the button on your handbrake before pulling it up. It will wear the ratchet down in no time.

  • I start on hills by letting off clutch enough where idle holds me then letting off brake and gassing

  • It has been 7 years of agressive driving and still the clutch and gearbox have never been replaced

  • Don't apply throttle when you're at low RPMs and in a high gear—unless you have an engine that generates LOTS of torque at very low RPMs. My 2000 Chevy with the LS1 engine, a small-block pushrod Chevy 350 ci. V8, put out over 90% of its 350+ lb-ft of torque at only 2,000 RPM. As one magazine said, the LS1 had a torque curve "as wide and flat as the Mississippi river". You could smoothly accelerate in 4th gear (out of 6) from little more than idle speed (though not maximum acceleration, of course).

  • Dont rest your hand on the gear shift of u have big huge heavy hands that make the spring go down …

  • What if you ride a motorcycle with a dry clutch and the rattle noise of a disengaged dry clutch in neutral embarrasses you at stoplights, is it OK to engage the clutch in neutral?

  • 5:05 "A lot of modern cars now come with break hold". Yeah, I tried a car like this once, it was horrible because I didn't have the habit. I was like "Ok let's go, stop breaking and accelerate right away", which would make the engine to stall because the car was still breaking, trying to "help" me. Damn that was a day full of stalling on the hills 🙁

  • Also make sure to not break but go through red lights when possible because it wears the braking system. I also never use wipers in rain to not wear the plastic and I exit from the window because opening and closing the door causes the lock to wear.

  • I have been building sticks for over 50+ years. This was slightly true many many years ago. The detents inside the transmission hold the gear in place whether you have your hand on the shifter or not. So it's your choice to have your hand on the shifter or not. and not be concerned whether you are going to wear out something here in the transmission.

  • Honestly, I took my entire transmission, shifter, engine, and wheels off my car. They caused constant unnecessary wear and I’m glad they are out of the way

  • WHY WOULD ANYONE NOT DOWNSHIFT TO ACCELERATE!? That's the whole point of driving a manual…. Thank you for listening.

  • if just resting the hand on gear box(which weights about 350grams) makes a problem then this makes me wonder what is happening to the gear box of aggressive type of driver🤔🤔🤔

  • I would argue that it's harmless to rest your hand on the stick as long as you're mindful enough to apply only downward and not lateral pressure.

  • 5:41 “assuming your e-brake is going to hold you” and that’s where you’d be making a wrong assumption 💀

  • As someone looking to learn manual, this vid was very helpful (and well made); I'll be checking out some of your others too

  • If your getting rear ended you don’t want to break, if you let your car get hit and roll your gonna prevent injury to you, if you know your gonna get rear ended always take foot off the break

  • My truck has a 'clutch side' footrest I put in. It rests half an inch above the clutch pedal so that I have my foot near to it at all times to shift up and down quickly. My foot can rest comfortably and it doesn't get in the way since it's a half-inch rubber nub on the frame. Had people hiring me to do the same with their own manual transmission vehicles.

  • I understand why you'd put the car in neutral when stopped, but does it actually matter if the clutch is in or out?

  • A few more things, holding the clutch pedal down at rest is also putting maximum load on crankshaft trust bearing, you should also not start the engine pressing the pedal as that bearing has no oil pressure yet.
    Don't shift the transmission without the engine running as you can damage the soft synchro rings literally dent them.

  • …..Sorry but in Europe these are basics you learn in driving school. Why would anybody need tutorial about it?….. Oh yes….. Americans….

  • I'm guilty of 3 things out of 5 on this list lol.. Good thing my new car arrives next week, with automatic transmission 😀

  • I always reset my hand on the gear stick. It's fine if you live in bumfuck nowhere in America, but in the UK you're constantly having to change car because you're stopping or people are pulling out in front of you etc.

  • what about feathering the clutch in stop-and-go traffic where 1st gear is too fast, but you are constantly moving slowly? what is an alternative?

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