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Old 04-08-2012, 11:51 AM   #1
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Best way to get the car moving?

Hi everyone, I've had my MKVI GTI for about 3 months now and it's my first manual. I have a question regarding the best way to get the car moving from a stop. Currently I tend to do a mix of the two ways as indicated below:

1) clutch in, shift into 1st, rev to 2,000-2,500 rpm, then slowly let go of the clutch and give more gas when the car starts moving

2) clutch in, shift into 1st, let go of the clutch until very close to the "bite point", THEN gas to get the car moving while easing off the clutch

Is any one of those ways better for the clutch and transmission in the long run?
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:03 PM   #2
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I personally do the 2nd way listed to get moving. As soon as the car starts, I start giving it gas.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:08 PM   #3
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Hi everyone, I've had my MKVI GTI for about 3 months now and it's my first manual. I have a question regarding the best way to get the car moving from a stop. Currently I tend to do a mix of the two ways as indicated below:

1) clutch in, shift into 1st, rev to 2,000-2,500 rpm, then slowly let go of the clutch and give more gas when the car starts moving

2) clutch in, shift into 1st, let go of the clutch until very close to the "bite point", THEN gas to get the car moving while easing off the clutch

Is any one of those ways better for the clutch and transmission in the long run?
revving over 1.5k just to get the car going unless you are launching just addes extra wear you dont need.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:16 PM   #4
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right before it grabs add a bit off gas and then when your grabbing add some more gas until you feel the "dip" or gear go in
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:21 PM   #5
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Don't do number one. You will kill your clutch like that.
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:54 PM   #6
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Old 04-08-2012, 12:58 PM   #7
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#1, but your goal should be to bring that down to 1200-1400rpms
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:00 PM   #8
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#1, but your goal should be to bring that down to 1200-1400rpms
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Old 04-08-2012, 01:09 PM   #9
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1) clutch in, shift into 1st, rev to 2,000-2,500 rpm, then slowly let go of the clutch and give more gas when the car starts moving
This = buying a new clutch.

Practice #2 until you can release the clutch and accelerate in one smooth motion. The goal is to minimize the amount of time you have the clutch pedal partially depressed while increasing your throttle.
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Old 04-08-2012, 02:16 PM   #10
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Go to an empty parking lot or similarly unobstructed space. Put the car in first. Ease off the clutch gently until the car begins moving. Stay away from the gas pedal entirely. Once it's moving, push the clutch back in, brake, and repeat. Never give gas. Once you've done this for a while you'll nail the clutch engagement point. Then you can start gently giving gas as the clutch engages. Presto, you're driving a manual transmission properly.
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Old 04-08-2012, 03:52 PM   #11
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Go to an empty parking lot or similarly unobstructed space. Put the car in first. Ease off the clutch gently until the car begins moving. Stay away from the gas pedal entirely. Once it's moving, push the clutch back in, brake, and repeat. Never give gas. Once you've done this for a while you'll nail the clutch engagement point. Then you can start gently giving gas as the clutch engages. Presto, you're driving a manual transmission properly.
X2. Pretty much how I learned 15 years ago...
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Old 04-08-2012, 04:28 PM   #12
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You can get it moving at just 800 rpm. Just slowly let go of the clutch and as soon as it engages, give it a bit of gas. It will minimize clutch wear.
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Old 04-09-2012, 09:22 AM   #13
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red line it for a couple seconds and then put it in first gear, then let the clutch about half way out so the engine lows down a bit and the car starts moving, then wait till it redlines again (but don't release the clutch yet) and once you get moving don't shift. if you get on the highway, put it second... but only when passing.

Or, #2, and as you get more familiar with the car, you will find yourself knowing when the clutch is about to grab and be able to seamlessly add some gas and get moving seamlessly and quickly. A good trick to learning your car's "friction zone' is to find a parking lot with a slight hill, and practice just using the clutch and first gear to make the car 'float' on the hill with no brakes or gas, just clutch. once you know how that feels, and can do it on command, you will be able to get your car moving that much faster and surer and smoother from a red light. This isn't something to do a lot, as you are adding more wear to your clutch then normal, but learning where that 'friction zone' point is, and how it feels will make you a better driver and save your clutch in the long run.
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Old 04-09-2012, 11:02 AM   #14
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#1 will prematurely wear out the clutch..that's way too many revs just to get going normally.
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