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Old 14 Oct 2008, 08:01 am
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Default Learning to drive a 1992 Honda Accord (Manual Transmission)?

I'm 15 and currently my dad is teaching me how to drive his 92 honda accord. When I get my liscense it will be my car! I'm learning on a stick shift, because I think it's something everyone should learn and it's sad to see how many kids/adults don't know how to do it in the US! I lived in europe and everyone drives a stick shift there, it's no big deal! I do agree that it's A LOT more fun too ) Anyways, It's old and it has a little over 150,000 miles on it. (How much longer do you think it will last?) I've stalled the car quite a few times when I've tried going from a dead stop, I don't do that anymore, now It's just really bumpy and jumps and I can't get it to start off smoothly. Can you give me adivce on how to do it better?I try giving it gas and letting out the clutch slowly, but I don't think i'm doing it right! I think i'm giving to much gas and letting the clutch out to slowly How can I do better? Is it true that you can left off the clutch completely then give it gas? And that other stick shift cars have a better clutch and you can start off easier? Should I buy maybe a newer version of a manual transmission and it will be easier? ( I think i'm stuck with this one though lol!) So for now, I need to learn how to drive this car! Thanks! Advice/tips are very much appreciated!
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Old 14 Oct 2008, 08:16 am
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The car your learning on is OK.You need to practice your clutch control.The Accord clutch is OK. The secret is to use the rev counter. For a smooth get away you need about 1500 RPM you adjust this with your right foot. Then gently lift your left foot off the clutch to achieve a smooth getaway. Assuming the road ahead is clear then add a little more throttle to achieve a sensible road speed.Practice makes perfect. If necessary practice on a private road till you have the confidence to go on the hiway.Ian M
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Old 14 Oct 2008, 08:31 am
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What? you having someone teach you? lol I learned myself, and its probably the easiest thing in the world to learn.
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Old 14 Oct 2008, 08:46 am
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Practice! That's what makes this you good at this maneuver. If you are bumpy/jumpy you have too much clutch and not enough gas. The engine is trying to catch up to the car's speed. Now the other way- if you rev the engine too high and the car starts slowly but is still revving, then the clutch is slipping. A newer manual transmission equipped car is no different than the one you are learning on. The Honda at 150,000 miles has about 200,000 more miles left on it! Hondas are notoriously reliable and last a long time, so you will have this car a loooonnngg time! My hats off to you for even attempting this! So many people don't know how to drive a stick shift car.
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Old 14 Oct 2008, 09:01 am
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Everything is technique and you just have to practice on some deserted road or parking lot. I taught myself how to drive stick on a 1956 International Pickup truck and when I stalled it I did it wrong and when I shifted properly the truck ran fine. If you want some real fun try stopping on top of a hill and restarting
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