The manual transmission is synchronized in all forward gears for smooth operation. It has a lockout so you cannot shift directly from fifth to reverse. When shifting up or down, make sure you push the clutch pedal down all the way, shift to the next gear, and let the pedal up gradually.
When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
This can cause the clutch to wear out faster.
Come to a full stop before you shift into reverse. You can damage the transmission by trying to shift into reverse with the vehicle moving.
Push down the clutch pedal, and pause for a few seconds before shifting into reverse, or shift into one of the forward gears for a moment.
This stops the gears so they won’t ‘‘grind.’’
When slowing down, you can get extra braking from the engine by shifting to a lower gear. This extra braking can help you maintain a safe speed and prevent your brakes from overheating while going down a steep hill. Before downshifting, make sure the engine speed will not go into the tachometer’s red zone in the lower gear.
Rapid slowing or speeding up can cause loss of control on slippery surfaces. If you crash, you can be injured.
Use extra care when driving on slippery surfaces.
Recommended Shift Points
Drive in the highest gear that lets the engine run and accelerate smoothly. This will give you good fuel economy and effective emissions control. The following shift points are recommended:
Engine Speed Limiter
If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer’s red zone. If this occurs, you may feel the engine cut in and out. This is caused by a limiter in the engine’s computer controls. The engine will run normally when you reduce the rpm below the red zone.
The engine speed limiter only works when you upshift; engine speed is not limited during downshifts.
Before downshifting, make sure the engine will not go into the tachometer’s red zone.
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