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Old 28 Jan 2004, 03:59 pm
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Default Re: Gear Ratio on 1st and Reverse


I found on quite a few manual transmission cars that the Reverse has a
higher gear ratio than 1st, and this makes it hard to back up a hill --
the engine is easy to die.

Anybody has any idea about why is that? I trust most people do not want
to back their cars out like 007.


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Old 28 Jan 2004, 05:06 pm
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Default Re: Gear Ratio on 1st and Reverse

Since you have only one reverse gear, having it somewhat higher than
first is a nice compromise. I usually back up faster in reverse than I
drive in first.

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> I found on quite a few manual transmission cars that the Reverse has a
> higher gear ratio than 1st, and this makes it hard to back up a hill --
> the engine is easy to die.
>
> Anybody has any idea about why is that? I trust most people do not want
> to back their cars out like 007.
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Old 30 Jan 2004, 05:49 pm
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Default Re: Gear Ratio on 1st and Reverse

I use reverse to help me get out of snow. The automatic won't allow me to
start with 2nd gear. So a higher than 1st reverse gear is really helpful in
those situations.

Paul

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> I found on quite a few manual transmission cars that the Reverse has a
> higher gear ratio than 1st, and this makes it hard to back up a hill --
> the engine is easy to die.
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> Anybody has any idea about why is that? I trust most people do not want
> to back their cars out like 007.
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Old 31 Jan 2004, 06:30 pm
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Default Re: Gear Ratio on 1st and Reverse


Hehe, when I was learning to drive we use a 24-foot open bed truck with
5 forward gears. We always start in the 2nd gear and the intructor
wouldn't tell me what the 1st gear is for. Now I think that it is
probably reserved for starting with a real big heavy load, and may be
too sluggish for normal use.


paul wrote:
> [B]I use reverse to help me get out of snow. The automatic won't
> allow me to start with 2nd gear. So a higher than 1st reverse gear is
> really helpful in those situations.
>
> Paul



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Old 31 Jan 2004, 07:21 pm
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Default Re: Gear Ratio on 1st and Reverse

GusTheCat wrote:
> Hehe, when I was learning to drive we use a 24-foot open bed truck
> with 5 forward gears. We always start in the 2nd gear and the
> intructor wouldn't tell me what the 1st gear is for. Now I think that
> it is probably reserved for starting with a real big heavy load, and
> may be too sluggish for normal use.


Big heavy load, usually on an uphill grade.

I used to drive a big old international refridgerated truck when I was a
kid, loaded with milk.

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> paul wrote:
>> [B]I use reverse to help me get out of snow. The automatic won't
>> allow me to start with 2nd gear. So a higher than 1st reverse gear is
>> really helpful in those situations.
>>
>> Paul



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