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Driving a manual car???

Post by thecoolkid213 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:38 am

Hey am new at driving stick shift and I have one question. how long can I leave my rx8 on a single gear? For example, on the highway if I am going at a constant speed of 60mph on gear 6 and my rpm stays at around 4000 can I just leave it there for a long time? Or do I have to bring it back to neutral and then back to gear 6 again?

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Post by potownrob » Wed Oct 21, 2015 1:42 am

you can leave it in gear. your engine is higher revving than a regular car engine, and it is designed to run at and handle higher revs (as long as it has enough oil).
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Post by tankinbeans » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:06 am

Keep it out of the redzone for extended periods and you're golden. Engines are designed to revolve; it's their only job.
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by theholycow » Wed Oct 21, 2015 8:16 am

thecoolkid213 wrote:Or do I have to bring it back to neutral and then back to gear 6 again?
I'm curious where such an idea would come from, if you don't mind indulging my curiosity.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:46 pm

theholycow wrote:
thecoolkid213 wrote:Or do I have to bring it back to neutral and then back to gear 6 again?
I'm curious where such an idea would come from, if you don't mind indulging my curiosity.
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Back when we first went to lock-up torque converters, they found they had to perform an occasional "un-lock" to free-up the splines on the input shaft so they could adjust position longitudinally as the warmed components changed size. If they didn't do this, they might end up with a significant thrust toward the crankshaft that could wear the thrust bearing surfaces.

I think my folks made me divert away from the TV every so many hours so my eyes could focus on things at a different distance and I wouldn't end up wearing glasses.
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by thecoolkid213 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:53 pm

potownrob wrote:you can leave it in gear. your engine is higher revving than a regular car engine, and it is designed to run at and handle higher revs (as long as it has enough oil).
Thank you this was helpful

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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by thecoolkid213 » Wed Oct 21, 2015 10:55 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
theholycow wrote:
thecoolkid213 wrote:Or do I have to bring it back to neutral and then back to gear 6 again?
I'm curious where such an idea would come from, if you don't mind indulging my curiosity.
I honestly don't know. Like I said I am new so that idea just popped into my head. Anyway thank you for your comment it was helpful.

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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Squint » Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:04 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:I think my folks made me divert away from the TV every so many hours so my eyes could focus on things at a different distance and I wouldn't end up wearing glasses.
Well? Did it work?
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:30 pm

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:I think my folks made me divert away from the TV every so many hours so my eyes could focus on things at a different distance and I wouldn't end up wearing glasses.
Well? Did it work?
It worked for about 27 years....until when I started working at a CAD terminal.

I guess I can't really blame needing to wear glasses on the CAD work, but that is when I noticed that my distance vision wasn't so good anymore.
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Squint » Fri Oct 23, 2015 1:17 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:I think my folks made me divert away from the TV every so many hours so my eyes could focus on things at a different distance and I wouldn't end up wearing glasses.
Well? Did it work?
It worked for about 27 years....until when I started working at a CAD terminal.

I guess I can't really blame needing to wear glasses on the CAD work, but that is when I noticed that my distance vision wasn't so good anymore.
Seems like if it worked for 27 years, you could have watched a lot more TV as a kid... :lol:
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Rope-Pusher » Fri Oct 23, 2015 9:52 pm

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote: Well? Did it work?
It worked for about 27 years....until when I started working at a CAD terminal.

I guess I can't really blame needing to wear glasses on the CAD work, but that is when I noticed that my distance vision wasn't so good anymore.
Seems like if it worked for 27 years, you could have watched a lot more TV as a kid... :lol:
Yanno, a good portion of that time away from the TV was spent on "hopping-up" slot cars, I actually enjoyed coaxing speed and handling out of them more than I enjoyed racing them. Probably a good background for someone to go on to become an engineer from.
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Squint » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:56 am

Rope-Pusher wrote:Yanno, a good portion of that time away from the TV was spent on "hopping-up" slot cars, I actually enjoyed coaxing speed and handling out of them more than I enjoyed racing them. Probably a good background for someone to go on to become an engineer from.
You hooner.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Oct 29, 2015 10:45 pm

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:Yanno, a good portion of that time away from the TV was spent on "hopping-up" slot cars, I actually enjoyed coaxing speed and handling out of them more than I enjoyed racing them. Probably a good background for someone to go on to become an engineer from.
You hooner.
In what sense?
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Re: Driving a manual car???

Post by Squint » Thu Nov 05, 2015 5:40 pm

Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote:You hooner.
In what sense?
A jest in regards to your tricked out slot cars.
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Post by Rope-Pusher » Thu Nov 05, 2015 7:06 pm

Squint wrote:
Rope-Pusher wrote:
Squint wrote:You hooner.
In what sense?
A jest in regards to your tricked out slot cars.
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