Manual car vs truck

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  1. tscottme

    tscottme Road Train Member

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    Shifting a car and shifting a semi-truck are not at all alike. If you shift a car like you ARE SUPPOSED TO SHIFT A TRUCK your car will need a new clutch by the end of the week. If you shift a truck like a car you will never leave the parking lot because it will stall every attempt to move. The 2 vehicles have some components in common, but that is it. Experience shifting a car before driving a truck will make it harder to learn to to shift a truck. Someone with no experience shifting gears in anything is better prepared to learn to shift a truck.
     
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  3. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    i have driven manual passenger vehicles before but i could probably count on 1 hand how many times ive had that opportunity. the last time it was a chevy S10 parts chasing pickup at the one trucking company i worked at. i caught myself double clutching (a habit from trucking)
     
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  4. ad356

    ad356 Road Train Member

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    i think the clutch use is probably the biggest difference, in a car you want to push the clutch in all of the way..... with a truck if you do that your clutch brake wont be long for this world. why does a car not have a clutch brake? is the because a truck doesnt have a syncro and a car does? i always wondered why a syncromesh heavy duty truck transmission was never developed.
     
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  5. AModelCat

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    I hardly ever touched the clutch to take a car out of gear and just tap it to grab the next gear. Never got any gear clash.
     
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  6. special-k

    special-k Road Train Member

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    Every car is different on how far you to need to push the clutch in. It's like anything you'll figure it out.
     
  7. Chinatown

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    Long time ago I had a Subaru Brat and I floated the gears in it.
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  8. AModelCat

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    My car didn't like floating. Always clashed if I tried.
     
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  9. Val_Caldera

    Val_Caldera Road Train Member

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    What is "Double Clutching" a Semi?
    NEVER Did Such although I've read here and other Sites about such activity.
    I wasn't taught such activity in Truck Driver training.

    Sounded like Steve McQueen "Double Clutched" the Mustang in Bullitt which seemed weird.
    CHEERS!!
     
  10. Plantfoam

    Plantfoam Medium Load Member

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    When I was in truck driving school, they told me that I was caching on faster than the other guys because I did not drive a stick already and didn't have those habits. I learned for a day earn I got my license in high school, but that was it. The other guys were a bit overconfident because they drive manual cats, but they struggled a bit more.
     
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  11. Dockbumper

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    But....those Subarus are on the top of the list for rainbow bumper stickers!:biggrin_25517:
     
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