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Old 5th June 2006, 16:18   #1
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Default Can you avoid slipping the clutch during reverse ?

The reverse gear is much faster than is required most of the time (i.e. to or from
parking, when you don't need to move much). As a result I can't help slipping
the clutch at such times in order to control the car. Since this is supposed to
be bad for the clutch, -- is there a way one can avoid this during reverse ?
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Old 5th June 2006, 16:40   #2
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never faced any such problem!
reversing is just a bit complex (w.r.t. looking back and the synchronisation of clutch and accelerator) than driving ahead, nothing else!
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I think ratio used for reverse is usually very close to 1st gear. Regarding clutch slipping, yes it is bad thing... but then clutch is meant for slipping after all, isn't it? So it should be fine when you can't avoid it while reversing or dead slow traffic or starting on an incline. If you try to avoid even that then engine will knock, which I think is more undesirable! What you should avoid is unnecessary slipping.
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i too face the same problem, i have a curve with 50 degree incline to my house..... and the clutch always slips or the engine will knock......
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Default New to stick shift !

I'm fairly new to stick shift driving. Thus, although I'm comfortable driving now,
I may not always use the best practices. Also, I don't necessarily have a valid
reference to compare my Baleno's behavior with, in certain respects. So, please
pardon my ignorance. Thanks for the responses. Here are my comments :

The reverse gear is certainly much faster than the first, so when I need to move
backwards only a few metres in the parking area, I certainly can't use the
accelerator! It is just slipping the clutch, and using the brake, -- or the car bolts.
Is such maneuvring common practice, or am I doing something wrong, and there
is a better way of doing this ? It certainly would have helped in controlling, if the
reverse gear were as slow as the first. But I guess it is as it is, due to a need of
having just a single reverse gear for handling different situations.
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Old 6th June 2006, 09:34   #6
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It would certainly be very difficult to reverse for short distances without slipping the clutch, and normally one would not reverse for long distances. Just go ahead and slip your clutch while reversing, cos thats the only way you'll be able to reverse without jerking. Slipping your clutch when you need it, isn't really all that bad!!
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ya slipping the clutch for such a short distance wont make much of a difference.During heavy traffic we do it sometimes anways so its no big deal.
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Sometimes you'll have to slip the clutch while reversing to get it right, so i dont think that should be a problem.....
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