In the past, manual transmissions would allow you to get higher MPG than automatic transmissions. This may still be the case, but with new automatic technology coming out the MPG gap is shrinking between manual and automatic.
Regardless of how many miles you get per gallon, manual transmissions are not as boring as automatics. Many people find that driving a car with a stick shift is much more fun than a car without one. However, with more fun comes more problems.
People how drive using manual transmissions have to worry about burning out their clutch or transmissions faster than automatics. This isn’t always the case, but many times first-time manual transmission drivers put a lot of stress on the clutch and transmissions while learning when and how to shift correctly. Even some well experienced drivers will cause extra wear on a manual transmission through things like clutch braking or constantly riding the clutch.
Many experts have different opinions on how long a clutch will last you. Some say that a clutch will last 50,000 miles, others says 100,000 miles, while many professional mechanics have replaced clutches around 30,000 miles. Depending on how well someone drives correctly can determine how long a clutch will last.
A driver should always keep an eye or an ear out for signs that a clutch may be going.
This could be a series of issues such as, oil leaking onto the engine and burning or an electrical issue. However, a burning smell can be a sign that the clutch is creating too much friction from slipping. Regardless of the cause, if there is a burning smell coming from your car, it can be serious and should be checked immediately.
There should be a little bit of free play when putting your foot on the clutch pedal. Usually about an inch or two is good enough room to have before you start feeling the clutch disengage. However, if you find that you need to put the pedal all the way down before the clutch disengages, that is a sign of a bad clutch. A little bit of free play in the pedal is good because it means that the clutch is not riding or partially disengaged.
If you didn’t notice the car shaking before when you shifted gears then that means the clutch doesn’t engage smoothly. Other common signs that involve shifting are hesitations when changing gears. If you find that the RPMs hesitate to go up when you downshift, this could also be an indicator that your clutch needs replacing.
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