Five bad stick shift driving habits.

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Some drivers who still own manual transmission vehicles do some simple mistakes which can damage the gearbox or the clutch pretty easily. So in this video I will tell you 5 things which you shouldn't be doing.

1. Rest your arm on the shift knob

It's not a great idea to rest your hand on the gear shifter. You basically add pressure to it, and over time, wear signs will appear. I know it's comfy, sometimes, when I don't realise, I also rest my hand on the gear shifter. Anyways, bad habit, so avoid it.

2. Shift slower when it's cold

When the engine is cold, the engine oil is also cold. The same thing applies for the transmission fluid within the manual transmission. I'm pretty sure you've seen for yourself that it's harder to shift, and sometimes, the gearbox makes a spur sound when you shift from 1st to 2nd gear when it's extremely cold outside and you just started the engine.

And guess what, it takes longer for the transmission fluid to warm up, as there is no combustion within it. It heats up just by friction. When the transmission fluid is at the optimum temperature, shifts are fast and smooth.

So, for around 15 minutes after you start the engine, don't be brutal, shift gears slower.

3. You don't have a synchroniser for the reverse gear, so you need to be completely stopped unless you don't want to experience a spur noise. You can actually damage the transmission by repeatedly doing this. For the sake of this video, I do it to show you. So the wheels should not move.

Also, if the car is stopped, and you're in neutral. After several seconds, if you try to put in reverse quickly, the same spur sound will come again. So, to avoid this, put it in first and then in neutral. In 1st gear, you have a synchroniser, so everything is smooth. This tip is available for any manual transmission, even if it's brand new.

4. Engine Start - the best way to start a car with a manual transmission is to press the clutch pedal and the brake and then start the engine. If you have a newer car, you won't be able to start the car if you don't press the clutch. That's because it's easier for the engine to start without having to spin the transmission in neutral, especially when it's extremely cold outside.

5. Do not keep the car steady up a hill through the clutch. Like I'm doing right now. It's one of the worst things you could do to damage the clutch disc or to wear it out prematurely. Simply pull the handbrake, and when you need to go, release it. Lots of drivers do this, and it's an extremely bad habit. Stop doing it.

If you want to see more videos about manual transmissions or how to launch a car with a manual transmission, you could watch my playlist on this topic.


    • 66Vehicles

      Guys, let me know if you would like to see more videos on manual transmissions - give me a thumbs up on this comment if you want to see videos such as

      driving a manual for the first time
      manual transmission maintenance
      how to diagnose a worn out clutch
      double clutching
      manual transmissions tips and tricks
      & more

      Just let me know here what you want to see in the future!

      about 2 years ago
    • ch anish
      ch anish In reply to 66Vehicles

      What is that car. Its lovely

      about 6 months ago
    • deo ganes
      deo ganes In reply to 66Vehicles

      Please do

      about 7 months ago
    • Super Saiyan 3
      Super Saiyan 3 In reply to 66Vehicles

      couldnt even hear what you mumbled in the first thing

      about 8 months ago
    • Thor Loki
      Thor Loki In reply to 66Vehicles

      Hill start without using hand brake, in a manual transmission. 😊 please sir.

      about 1 year ago
    • cosmin2468
      cosmin2468 In reply to 66Vehicles

      99Vehicles TV stiam ca esti din Romania, pt ca doar acolo sunt Logane .

      about 2 years ago

      0:23 he looks like little bit CR

      about 13 days ago
    • Olaosebikan Sam
      Olaosebikan Sam

      I just bought my Ford modeo manual transmission, pls how do I drive. I have never drive manual before. But have automatic several times

      about 2 months ago
    • Unknown 9173
      Unknown 9173

      this whole video makes no sense and the faces you make made me feel uncomfortable asf

      about 2 months ago
    • Cristian Preda
      Cristian Preda

      Tot respectul!

      about 2 months ago
    • Dani Constantin
      Dani Constantin

      Se vede ca e Roman

      about 2 months ago
    • Mir S
      Mir S

      Im watching this video just to have the feel that i mastered the all driving experiences which im proffesional truck driver this is fun to watch lol ugh made me unconfortable

      about 2 months ago
    • Goodman Mandlenkosi
      Goodman Mandlenkosi

      You so fast can't hear

      about 3 months ago
    • Crazycraigy

      start in neutral with hand brake would i wanna press clutch and brake...

      about 3 months ago
    • TheGinajekul

      Can someone explain #3? I don't get what he's saying at all

      about 3 months ago
    • daria biber
      daria biber

      This is the 66Vehicles and in the intro is 99Vehicles it' funny baiatu meu ;)))

      about 4 months ago
    • M1A 1911
      M1A 1911

      Don’t rest your hand on the gear shift! 320k miles on my 02 Cummins and there’s no sign of wear. Putting a new motor in her now I bet I’ll get another 300k on the transmission before it needs rebuilt. And yes it’s a work truck heavy loads and stop and go traffic daily.

      about 5 months ago
    • himalay baruah
      himalay baruah

      Very good video.

      about 5 months ago
    • emmanuel muwema
      emmanuel muwema

      #1. simply put the gear in neutral, and step on the break. i dont agree on lifting the hand break.
      imagine traffic going uphill

      about 6 months ago
    • Yoo Zeus
      Yoo Zeus

      Lol I like this guy.. 😊😊😊

      about 6 months ago
    • Syed'S Universe
      Syed'S Universe

      Automatic Cars are boring..

      about 7 months ago
    • Jimmy Clery
      Jimmy Clery

      HEY FYI! WHEN TURNING LEFT ! NEVER EVER SHIFT GEAR LEAVER INTO NEUTRAL!.always into FIRST GEAR! ITS called rolling into first gear, you can roll into first from 3rd gear second, but never from a crushing gear IE 4&5

      about 7 months ago
    • Damian Vosloo
      Damian Vosloo

      Man they gear level thing has never been proven and Ed China from wheeler dealers said it's fine to do so.

      about 7 months ago
    • birch alley
      birch alley

      can someone explain first ?

      about 7 months ago
    • b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f

      Scrolling through the comments on this video, i'm amazed by the amount of amateurs on the road. Maybe a full driving lesson on Youtube would do a lot of goodness to the world.

      about 8 months ago
    • My beautiful and amazing Princess
      My beautiful and amazing Princess

      Why would anyone go through all this trouble when they can simply drive an automatic

      about 8 months ago
    • birch alley
      birch alley In reply to My beautiful and amazing Princess

      lmao there isnt that much trouble

      about 7 months ago
    • b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f
      b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f In reply to My beautiful and amazing Princess

      Putting the 'fun' argument aside. Automatics consume more fuel and are more expensive to maintain.

      about 8 months ago
    • Preston Blake
      Preston Blake In reply to My beautiful and amazing Princess

      Cause automatics are less fun, and transmissions go out faster

      about 8 months ago
    • Filip Barać
      Filip Barać

      Idiot first learn how to speak english then speak.

      about 8 months ago
    • b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f
      b8e71fcbe2e195c67d8d16734013d20f In reply to Filip Barać

      It's a second language for him.. His second language is at least better than the way Americans drive manual cars.

      about 8 months ago
    • Pangolo Marvel
      Pangolo Marvel

      #5 is a comfortable bad habit that we all love doing.

      about 8 months ago
    • Mr. Said
      Mr. Said

      Well, i like to rest my left hand on the doors while just keeping the steering wheel stiff with it and use right to rotate it, way more comfy and is actually great when the trouble pops up, cause you are calm and can react instantly, i like to drivet it 70 to 90km/h max, cause i like to be calm and be able to steer keeping myself straight between the lines and not cross the middle line like truck drivers, do those sickheads even care about their childrens dad? Obviously they don’t care that they could kill a 22 year old driver or someones dad or mother

      about 8 months ago
    • Ian Reynolds
      Ian Reynolds

      Tailor made for yanks this

      about 8 months ago
    • Mm 1
      Mm 1

      Ik this is advice video but you give me this vibe where I feel like am begin told off ?

      about 8 months ago
    • Omar Card
      Omar Card

      Great Conent

      about 8 months ago
    • Bruh

      Roses are red violets are blue
      There will always be an asian who shifts better than you

      about 8 months ago
    • BE-vali024

      Are you Romanian?
      Because i see common cars that Romanians use

      Dap, ești român
      Mai fa videouri din astea, sunt chiar interesante

      about 8 months ago
    • Mihnea ROYAL
      Mihnea ROYAL

      Esti cumva din Râmnicu Vâlcea?

      about 8 months ago