Oh boy is this fun stuff. She got her permit on Friday and had decided the only thing she wants to drive is the Silverado x-cab because it's an auto. She makes the zuk jump like a frog and flat refuses to drive the 5 spd Solara (not a bad thing really). Now I know I'll be doing the clutch this summer!
Some things said so far while she's driving the zuk:
That was a good stop, next time push in the clutch too...
Usually we don't shift from 3rd to 2nd on the highway..
Slow up a bit for this curve......slower..........SLOW NOW
You can stop a little closer to the stop sign (30ft back)
40 is just fine for now in 3rd.. (4K rpm)
Hmm...never hit that curb with the chevy...
Please do not drive with 1 foot on the gas and 1 on the brake..
YES I'LL DRIVE HOME NOW [img]images/graemlins/chairfall.gif[/img]
hahahaha I was almost rolling around cause of what you said, I tried to teach a friend on my zuk who had never drove stick, she made it hop like a grasshopper, I nearly pushed her outta the drivers seat, then apologized....TO THE ZUK...went home and gave her some EFI treatment and an oil change, she got over it the next day...the zuk that is [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
I'm 17 and still only got my permit!! For some reason sticks were not that hard to get the hang of after raming my bro's trooper into a pole (in front of a parking space) cause he was telling me to push the clutch in before i stopped (I did not realize he meant put brake in at the same time) So I did just that instead of just putting the brake like on an automatic, I just pushed the clutch in (like he told me) and free wheeled into the pole 5-8 mph. I heard about that one from all his friends for a while (escpecially when he felt like clowning on his freshman bro at the parties [img]images/graemlins/40BEER.gif[/img]). But I think the best way to learn is to drive ALL different types of cars with sticks, and do alot of wheeling to get used to the clutch.
Hey toy, been there done that x5. All of them took the test with a clutch and passed first time. Find a new housing development and teach her how to back around corners. When she can go around an entire block, both ways in reverse using mirrors, it's time to go forward. And for you, I learned a good liking for Irish Whiskey. Tellemore Dew or Glenlivich if you like Scotch
Good Luck and have patience [img]images/graemlins/beach.gif[/img]
Yup, teach her to use that clutch out in some big space, stadium parking lot, the biger the better. And empty of course. Just do starts, one after another till she gets it, then starts and one shift, then stop.
My son learned in about 2 or 3 hour long trips, now I can't get him out of my Tracker!
Ditto on the practice in a big space. My dad took me to the high school parking lot in his 67 1 ton 4x4
international. As soon as I could get it going in forward without jerking, he made me stick it in reverse.
We stayed in reverse for what seemed like a half hour splitting parking stalls til I could do it without effort.
I thought my neck was going to break from being twisted. Paid off though. I recomend the proceedure.
I got the job of teaching a future sister in law how to drive a stick , I'm still dealing with a starter issue . Don't ever buy a reman starter from Auto Zone , they owe me a flywheel now after 3 starters . I was even real nice and put it in 2lo for her, she still managed to kill a good starter and the battery in the same afternoon . This was the first time I'd ever seen a Zuk engine diesel backwards , she had it hopping across the main highway in reverse while in 1st gear after I had push started it . Didn't know that was possible ....