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dumb manual transmission question starting on a hill

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by squirrelNUts, Apr 2, 2010.

  1. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:52 PM
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    This is my first standard transmission vehicle. I've driven friends manual cars sometimes, but now that it's my truck i'm in a whole new learning curve. I'm fine except for starting from a dead stop on a hill (ie at a stop light uphill). Any tips/ good reading on learning to drive standard welcome! I either burn out, stall, or buck. I'm sure the answer is just practice, but what do you do in this situation? How do you go from clutch in and brake in to moving forward smoothly? Do you roll back some, if so, how much?

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  2. Apr 2, 2010 at 8:57 PM
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    just gotta learn to be quick on the pedals, and let the clutch slip a bit before you fully let off the clutch pedal. helps to rev the engine a little higher than you normally would.

    most importantly, dont worry about the goofball behind you right on your bumper, if you roll back and hit him, its his fault for not leaving enough space
     
  3. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:01 PM
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    AvsFanTRD

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    I keep right foot on brake and let out the clutch just enough until it engages. You'll hear the truck's idle change and feel it. At that point I switch the right foot over to the gas and go.

    If I don't do that it's normal to roll back a a few inches or so.
     
  4. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:02 PM
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    if they're not an inch from the bumper, they're closer! I'm afraid of rolling back. I had 60 miles on the truck and got pulled over for "showing off" when I peeled out a bit 'cause I was nervous about rolling into the car behind me. He was nice and told me to get some practice! I'm getting better, but just need some experience I'm sure!

    Ted
     
  5. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:05 PM
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    My clutch doesnt' catch until all the way out...is that typical? I know some sports cars that engage just off the floor. I assume all clutch pedals are different. I keep moving my seat back because I have a tendency to rev it too much and not let the clutch out enough on hills!

    Ted
     
  6. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:10 PM
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    what i do usually is i let the clutch out almost all the way staying on the break til it starts to grab a little so im not rollling forward and im not rolling back, then just give it gas and slowly let it out the rest of the way.
     
  7. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:11 PM
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    that's what I seem to do!

    edit: schiz: that's not you in your picture I'm sure!
     
  8. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:22 PM
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    hard to practice in boston traffic...i've got to find a quiet hill to get some laps in!
     
  9. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:29 PM
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    and had fewer problems, probably because I was in 4lo and also didn't have to worry about the 100K mercedes behind me in traffic!
     
  10. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:34 PM
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  11. Apr 2, 2010 at 9:36 PM
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    Practice....and the e brake for well emergencies :p
     
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    very good advice and wording here. let the clutch out till it grabs two revs then go.
     
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    I used to frequently use that "blip the gas" method in all other vehicles. But I've found it doesn't work quite as well in the Tacoma with the dumbass computer controlled throttle.

    I don't really have any problems with rolling back, but actually off hand, I can't even say what I typically do without doing it. I'll have to pay attention next time.
     
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    If firsr gear was a decent low gear then starting on a hill wouldn't be all that hard but since it's a tall gear you gotta give it a little throttle and slip the clutch a little. It does take practice and and ya gotta pay attention to task at hand and not the split tail with the short skirt sittin next to ya:)
     
  15. Apr 3, 2010 at 7:59 PM
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    Use your e brake.

    Engage it and slowly let it out as you work the clutch and gas.
     
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    I"ve always just used my e brake on past standards... I just picked up my taco 6spd. Was suprised, pretty nice!...(the manual) but ya i guess i'll just continue to use my ebrake and when i feel a slight pull i'll let it out. Isn't this okay? i've alwas done this in the past. Just want to know that im not hurting the new beast. Cheers everyone
     
  17. Feb 13, 2012 at 8:14 AM
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    I usually use the car behind me to help out.

    Just slowly, and I mean slowly, let your truck rest against the car behind you. Once you feel that your truck isn't moving with your foot off the brake you're ready to start the climb.

    Hope this helps.
     
  18. Feb 13, 2012 at 8:20 AM
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    Are you serious? I would go nuts if I saw someone doing this to my vehicle. Use the e-brake as the previous poster said. It's simple that way.
     
  19. Feb 13, 2012 at 8:25 AM
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    How is that done w/a e-brake pedal? (I don't have a manual Taco.) Are they both close enough that they can be released at the same time w/the left foot? I do this trick in my car but it has an e-brake lever so it's easy enough for any noob to do.
     
  20. Feb 13, 2012 at 8:26 AM
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    The e-brake is a hand brake. Feet for the clutch and gas, hand on the brake.
     
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