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Learn2 Drive a Stick Shift (continued)
Step 1: Learn the Gears

Learn the location of and feel of passing through the gears. First learn to shift the gears without the car running (pushing the clutch in each time). Then, from the passenger seat, try it with someone else driving the car and operating the clutch. Be sure to place the stick all the way into gear--until it won't go any more--but don't force it. If you stop halfway, you will hear an incredibly unpleasant grinding sound which means your car is not in gear.

Eventually, you will know when to shift by feel, but early on you'll have to act deliberately. Even if you've never been in a car before, you can tell when a car is in the appropriate gear: the car's not making a coughing and chugging sound (gear too high) but it's not making a high-revving sound either (gear too low). If you have a tachometer, shift around "3" (3000 rpm) on each gear or every 15 miles per hour (1st gear 1-15, 2nd 15-30, 3rd 30-45, etc.). This is only a general rule, of course, and higher powered autos will deviate from this. Shift before you hear that loud revving sound.

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2TORIAL STEPS
Introduction
Step 1: Learn the Gears
Step 2: Start it up
Step 3: Protect the clutch, yourself and the car
Step 4: Find the G spot
Step 5: Now try downshifting
Step 6: Learn the subtleties of reverse
Step 7: Win the hill challenge
Step 8: Remember the parking brake
Step 9: Practice these scenarios

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