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by phantomD
Mon Oct 26, 2009 5:35 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Shifter not going smoothly into first..
Replies: 24
Views: 2344

Re: Shifter not going smoothly into first..

I've done that to my third gear a few times where I haven't pushed hard enough and I crunch gears. Quickly learnt to push a bit harder. My gears used to be really smooth, but very crunchy. We added some helper fluid to the gearbox and while it doesn't crunch anymore, it is a little harder to select ...
by phantomD
Thu Sep 10, 2009 12:11 am
Forum: Rants and Raves
Topic: What are you listening to?
Replies: 1932
Views: 104062

Re: What are you listening to?

by phantomD
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:19 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: My synchros
Replies: 18
Views: 1272

Re: My synchros

Recently all my gears were crunching badly - I guess because the car hadn't been driven regularly for a long time before I got it. My mechanic added some "helper" fluid and now they don't crunch at all. Except for reverse gear...no synchro...sometimes it crunches really badly even though I'm not mov...
by phantomD
Tue Aug 11, 2009 9:12 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: squeaky sound when pressing the clutch
Replies: 36
Views: 5026

Re: squeaky sound when pressing the clutch

I wouldn't be overly concerned unless the noise gets worse. My clutch pedal has recently started making a little noise when I move it. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doens't. I was more concerned that my engine oil had gone a rather black colour shortly after a service...

Yeah, I'm back.
by phantomD
Wed Oct 22, 2008 10:23 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Three Pedal Driving
Replies: 8
Views: 982

Re: Three Pedal Driving

Some people on here should know by now that neutral is NOT a gear... :twisted:
by phantomD
Fri Sep 12, 2008 11:21 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: I can now get smooth strong acceleration in my Mazda 3
Replies: 18
Views: 1779

Re: I can now get smooth strong acceleration in my Mazda 3

Im confused, i thought that you were suppose to add some gas as you let up on the clutch?? There is a difference between giving it a little gas to rev-match and just planting your foot. The Mazda 3 does seem to take a bit of practice to drive smoothly as the engine seems to be extremely sensitive t...
by phantomD
Mon Sep 08, 2008 8:07 pm
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Clutching in and speed bumps
Replies: 28
Views: 2279

Re: Clutching in and speed bumps

Know your car. I haven't yet met a speed bump that I couldn't get over in second gear. Know at which point your car will stall and only clutch in and downshift if you can't get over it.
by phantomD
Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:22 am
Forum: International
Topic: MISC: What's on your Mind?
Replies: 222
Views: 71672

Re: MISC: What's on your Mind?

Maybe there was something good about digging this thread back out after all! :)

Welcome back StandardShifterMz3s. (and I'm not being offtopic, that's what's on my mind!)
by phantomD
Sat Jul 19, 2008 2:18 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Driving with A/C
Replies: 28
Views: 2418

Re: Driving with A/C

Well...there's the story of a V8 Holden Commodore belonging to a friend...a/c would always cut out whenever we got onto a hill and revs got over 1500...

The car was an auto.
by phantomD
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:16 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Driving with A/C
Replies: 28
Views: 2418

Re: Driving with A/C

Can be quite dangerous in a small car - got a shock once when the a/c cut out and I suddenly jumped forwards!
by phantomD
Thu Jul 17, 2008 9:15 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Question on presing in clutch pedal
Replies: 20
Views: 2492

Re: Question on presing in clutch pedal

I use my toenail.
by phantomD
Wed Jul 02, 2008 10:16 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Handbrake as an auxiliary brake
Replies: 31
Views: 3003

Re: Handbrake as an auxiliary brake

Well you're the one who is obviously worried about looking "like the tards who hit their brakes every few seconds". :roll: So either you're a tailgater or you were just asking a random question. Myself, I've done handbrake stops a few times, and I do it particularly when I've just lifted off the han...
by phantomD
Wed Jul 02, 2008 5:37 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: Handbrake as an auxiliary brake
Replies: 31
Views: 3003

Re: Handbrake as an auxiliary brake

Don't tailgate or "gas it" too much. Problem solved. Sheesh.
by phantomD
Wed Jun 25, 2008 8:12 am
Forum: Tranny Talk
Topic: Electronic Throttle Control
Replies: 82
Views: 5134

Re: Electronic Throttle Control

ETC is the reason why a fleet of buses were off the road recently over here -they would randomly and dangerously accelerate at full throttle without input.
by phantomD
Tue Jun 17, 2008 4:12 am
Forum: Manual Driving Tips
Topic: What causes bucking during upshifts
Replies: 15
Views: 4028

Re: What causes bucking during upshifts

jomotopia wrote:AWD tends to buck and stuff more than 2WD as well.
Are you serious? :shock: