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As a new 8 MT owner and this being my first manual car, it's been an awesome first week! Can the more experienced manual drivers here please let me know what not do to. I've read a lot about what to do...what about what to avoid...thanks
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don't ride the clutch (drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal), rev match, don't use the engine for braking in ordinary driving (OK on the track, or in the mountains for sustained decents), don't rush shifts if not necessary, and don't drive around with your hand resting on the shifter.
Whatever you do, don't shift fast if the tranny is cold. If your shift isn't buttery smooth when you first start driving, make sure to shift very slowly (clutch all the way in of course) until the oil is all warmed up and spread around the tranny. You should notice a difference between the shift feel of when its cold or warmed up. This should extend the life of your trans.
i fail to see how engine braking is more harmful to the life of the engine/clutch/tranny than "driving" is, especially if you are rev-matching/double-clutching for down shifts.
It puts opposite strain on all the power train parts. No, it's not going to make something break, but why bother doing it if it's not needed? It has been proven time and again that it does increase clutch wear, even with rev matching - EVERY use of the clutch causes clutch wear, and you're more likely to cause wear when downshifting because no matter how good you are with rev matching, it's not an exact science.
Brakes are one helluva lot cheaper than the engine/clutch and transmission.
Of course if you lease like me, that matters little. My clutch needs to last 48,000 miles, no more.