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Old 18 Aug 2009, 02:01 am
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Default i need help with driving a stick?

my dad got me a 89 honda crx si with a manual, i have driven it a few times and i really suck at it and fear i will break the new clutch. is there any way for me to practice without using my car and if i never get it is there a way to turn it into a automatic?
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 02:16 am
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It's a new experience, so you'll likely suck at it at first. Does your dad know how to drive it, and is he a patient, good teacher? Or do you know someone who is? If so, it's best if they can help you.Hopefully, the clutch is in good shape.Start by sitting in the car, but have it off, and practice using the clutch and shifter. When you've gotten that down, try taking it out to a large empty parking lot or somewhere when no cars are around, then just practice starting and stopping it without stalling or having it lurch. It may take a bit of practice, but you'll get it. Just take it easy, stay calm, and you'll get it. It'll also make driving much more engaging, and you'll be one of an increasing minority that knows how to drive one.Here's a cool link with some in-depth instructions:http://www.dmv.org/how-to-guides/driving-stick.php
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 02:31 am
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Practice.I have never found anyone that has not learnt how to drive a manual car. All it takes is practice and even then, seasoned drivers will have the occasional "fluff" with the gears.Since it's all about the feel of your feet, then you need to spend time in the car. The best suggestion is two move your foot off the clutch as slowly as you can, whilst balancing the throttle. If you can take seven seconds to take your foot off the clutch, you'll feel the plates "bite"A "few" times isn't enough. You need about 30 hours in total. PS: If you never learn to drive a manual, will you forgive yourself?
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Old 18 Aug 2009, 02:46 am
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Keep trying, youll get used to it soon. Dont bother trying to swap to auto, its a pain in the ass. If you really cant figure it out, it will be easy to trade the car for an auto civic or something.
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