Does your car have manual gearbox? These 4 bad habits may be destroying it

The moment most feared of all driver is the one in which your car has to go to the workshop for a breakdown. Feared especially if it is a serious malfunction, and as a result their cost of repair is high. That’s probably one of the problems that, along with its aesthetics, more directly affects the purchase of a car and the reason why many buyers tend to stay loyal to the brand of your previous car, if it has suffered a few breakdowns, and to reject certain brands if their experience has been negative. Spain remains a country faithful to the manual changes. But did you know that these 4 bad habits may be destroying your car with manual transmission?

1. to Force too much the motor using gears that are too long.

The first thing that you have to be very clear is the revs at which the engine of your car works properly. There is No general rule by which to set the revs at which you should reduce one or several gears to get the thrust that you need, and protect the engine from unnecessary efforts. The modern diesel push with energy from far below, the petrol engines with turbo also, unlike the atmospheric (non-turbo) that require us to move in a regime more cheerful. If you use a gear too long, and you find that you have to accelerate to a fund to make your car move, and still takes time to gain speed, obviously you need to reduce one or several gears in order to avoid unnecessary effort in the engine of your car. Do not be lazy, and play with the change, the engine of your car will thank you.

This is especially important in the modern diesel, and one of the reasons why many diesels are running out in the workshop with problems in the systems anti-pollution, that require to achieve high temperatures to regenerate (see article: did you Know that revolutionize the engine of your diesel avoids breakdowns?).


2. Revolutionize in excess of the engine, especially in cold.

So dangerous is force the engine of your car to work to a regime of revolutions very low, with a ratio of change is not appropriate, such as to revolutionize in excess of the engine, especially in cold. Many automatic changes have systems of protection which, first, prevent the motor reaches cut-off injection up to start automatically and, second, to advance the gear change in cold to avoid that the motor reaches a revs very high before the engine reaches the operating temperature.

So that the components of the engine of your car to work properly it is necessary that these are well lubricated. The lubricating ability of the oil directly depends on its viscosity, and hence the temperature at which it is located. If the oil has not reached an appropriate temperature, its viscosity will not be adequate to lubricate the engine, and therefore the stress of working to a regime of revolutions high will be much higher
(see: why it is so important not revolutionize the engine is cold to prevent failure?).


3. Support the hand on the shift knob.

Another very common habit, but no less dangerous, is to support the hand on the gear lever when we’re not going to change gear. Many drivers do probably without realizing it, because they find it comfortable, or because so save your hand to move the steering wheel to the shift lever each time you want to engage a gear. This habit is not only is not recommended by the fact of requiring us to drive with only one hand, which we will subtract agility in certain movements, or even in emergency maneuvers to avoid an accident, but also by generating a premature wear in the elements that broker, in gears and bearings. This stress can ultimately make our gearbox is not working correctly, lose accuracy, increase the clearances, costing us engage some gears, or even that these will fall off on their own when the consequences of the failure were exacerbated (see:
the right hand off the shifter: it prevents bad habits that will damage your car).


4. does Not control the clutch pedal.

One of the problems most feared in a conductor is the means to have destroyed the clutch. Which is why it is extremely important to be careful and avoid some common errors, such as support slightly with the foot on the clutch pedal when you’re not going to change gear, or not tread on the bottom of the clutch pedal when you change gear. Releasing it too fast is harmful, or even keep the gear engaged and the clutch pedal stepped on when we stop at traffic lights, or not to control the famous “point of the clutch” to stop on a steep slope. Are bad habits – unfortunately too common – that can cause a failure and is really expensive, and that in the long run may shorten the life of the clutch of our car by subjecting it to unnecessary stress (see: 5 bad habits that can destroy the clutch of your car).

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