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Old 11-13-2013, 09:01 AM   #1
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New to manual trans. Hard thud when shifting. Tip?

So I just got my first stick shift car. Was bored of auto. This problem doesn't happen when my dad drives, so I'm assuming it's my fault and not my car's. Whenever I'm shifting later, as if I were "racing" (6-7k rpm) from 1st to 2nd, I get a loud thud that sounds bad for the car. What am I doing wrong? Am I releasing the clutch too fast? Am I pushing the gas down to early before I fully release the clutch? What am I doing wrong to cause this thud? Ideas?
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Number one: DONT DRIVE LIKE THAT. 1st gear is not for going fast its meant to get you going into 2nd. You'll wear out your tranny faster than a hooker burns rubber.

The loud thud is more than likely you releasing the clutch too hard. Slow down Mario Andreotti
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Sounds like your diff is hitting the bump stops on changes.
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So I just got my first stick shift car. Was bored of auto. This problem doesn't happen when my dad drives, so I'm assuming it's my fault and not my car's. Whenever I'm shifting later, as if I were "racing" (6-7k rpm) from 1st to 2nd, I get a loud thud that sounds bad for the car. What am I doing wrong? Am I releasing the clutch too fast? Am I pushing the gas down to early before I fully release the clutch? What am I doing wrong to cause this thud? Ideas?
You haven't learned how to synchronise engine speed with drive line speed.
Also, release the clutch slower.
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x2 to what 1987 iroc z28 and navyvet said. Does it do it under normal driving; shifting around 1500/2000rpm? if so replace the tranny mount.
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x2 to what 1987 iroc z28 and navyvet said. Does it do it under normal driving; shifting around 1500/2000rpm? if so replace the tranny mount.
To add to what 01camaro said, look at the condition of the torque arm bushing
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So I just got my first stick shift car. Was bored of auto. This problem doesn't happen when my dad drives, so I'm assuming it's my fault and not my car's. Whenever I'm shifting later, as if I were "racing" (6-7k rpm) from 1st to 2nd, I get a loud thud that sounds bad for the car. What am I doing wrong? Am I releasing the clutch too fast? Am I pushing the gas down to early before I fully release the clutch? What am I doing wrong to cause this thud? Ideas?
The problem is you're shifting to soon. The engine needs to hit at least 9 grand before you shift to 2nd. Then slam it into gear as hard as you can to make sure it shifts. Then sidestep the clutch, it's that easy. One or two times shifting this way will eliminate all the noises you hear, because the engine, transmission, and rear end will all be scattered all over the road. Just kidding, don't do any of that.
Seriously though, you're driving your car way to hard. Sounds like you may have a bad transmission or motor mount. Who knows it could be anything.
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Well, learn to drive normal better before you try to do intermediate stuff. This is how bad things happen.

Also check your tanny mounts. Could be bad, allowing movement under massive stress..
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The problem is you're shifting to soon. The engine needs to hit at least 9 grand before you shift to 2nd. Then slam it into gear as hard as you can to make sure it shifts. Then sidestep the clutch, it's that easy. One or two times shifting this way will eliminate all the noises you hear, because the engine, transmission, and rear end will all be scattered all over the road. Just kidding, don't do any of that.
Seriously though, you're driving your car way to hard. Sounds like you may have a bad transmission or motor mount. Who knows it could be anything.
Hahahaha I was reading this thinking WTF?? And then finished and it made me laugh
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