Tips for Driving a Manual Transmission

Manual Transmission School for the Novice 

We all love our city. Its location as a northern suburb of Seattle and proximity to the Olympic Mountains, Cascade Mountains, and Puget Sound offers something for almost everyone. As great as this is, the local geography can also pose a challenge to novice drivers of manual transmission vehicles. Simply stated, there are a lot of hills. Though they generally aren’t extremely steep, hills of any sort require a little getting used to until you become comfortable with the gear shift and clutch. Regardless of how long you’ve been shifting your own gears, Jeff’s Auto Repair in Lynnwood, Washington, is your single stop for all transmission repairs.

Manual Transmission Do’s and Don’ts

When you’re operating an auto with a manual transmission, your actions as a driver can make your experience more positive. Proper driving will reduce wear on your transmission and clutch, so we’ll offer a few pointers. Strategic operation will also help you take advantage of all a manual transmission has to offer for driving enthusiasts. The old adage “practice makes perfect” certainly applies here. You’ll gain confidence and become more comfortable when you drive a manual more frequently or for extended periods of time. You’ll learn to shift seamlessly and not put unnecessary stress on your vehicle’s components.

Additionally, don’t make a habit of “riding” your clutch (keeping your foot on it while driving or sitting still). Doing so results in premature clutch wear. The better option is to remove your foot from the clutch completely when your car is moving and shift to neutral when stopped. The clutch should only be depressed when you’re shifting gears.

Further, make a conscious effort to get to know your auto. This will enable you to learn which gear is most appropriate in any given driving situation (cornering, low speed, or high speed). When you use the correct gear, your vehicle performs optimally. The correct RPMs allow it to operate without undue stress. Finally, you can reduce wear on the transmission by downshifting to slow down instead of putting the auto in neutral.

Your Best Resource for Transmission Repair

Even after you’ve become experienced with your manual, you’ll occasionally need service or repair. Make Jeff’s Auto Repair your one-stop shop for all transmission needs. In business since 1980, we can take care of any make or model, including domestic, foreign, or luxury cars. You’ll benefit from our state-of-the-art equipment and advanced technology because we can quickly and accurately diagnose your vehicle’s issue. Over the years, we’ve grown from a single location to five facilities (40 bays). We’ve won multiple awards, including being named a AAA Top Shop for eight consecutive years. Visit us for transmission repair and learn for yourself what makes us special.

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