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If the oil level is full and the transmission does not move in drive or reverse, then put the transmission in low. If the vehicle moves in low, then the transmission burned the clutches and needs overhauled. Also, there could be an issue with the brake system if the vehicle will not move with the engine not running.
Diamond Member. It will not hurt anything if the motor is off. And as mentioned above, you can, with practice, shift smoothly between gears without the clutch, especially during upshifting. It can be done on downshifts as well, but it takes a bit more skill to do.
When you do bring the car to a stop, do not leave in the car in first gear with your clutch pedal pressed in. This, again, will wear out the clutch and transmission parts over time, so we suggest just leaving the car in neutral with your foot on the brake.
RAY: You most certainly DO want to leave the transmission in First or Reverse when you park a car with a stick shift. And First gear or Reverse always have the highest ratios (they’re actually very close, so, practically speaking, you can use either one).
A manual transmission car doesn’t have a gear called “park” like an automatic does. That means you must but the parking brake on when you park the car. To park a manual, turn the engine off and keep holding the brake pedal in. If you’re on a hill, put the clutch in and move the shifter into reverse gear.
The principal benefit of leaving your car in gear is that doing so prevents it from rolling away. This means that, while it isn’t necessarily a bad idea to keep your car in gear when you’re on flat ground, it’s most important to do so when you’re parked on a hill. Put your car into ‘park’ if it has an automatic gearbox.
If parking downhill – turn your steering wheel toward the curb. Leave the gear in reverse (manual) or park (automatic). If parking uphill – turn your steering wheel away from the curb and let your vehicle roll back to touch the curb gently. Leave the gear in first (manual) or park (automatic).
If the clutch was slipping badly enough to provide “no resistance”, the car would be un-driveable. Usually it will roll a few inches at most, until the backlash in the gears and motor mounts is taken up, at which point it will stop. In first or reverse, this resistance should be highest.
When driving the handbrake must be off, that is usually down. Its normal use is to hold the car when parked, or, in exceptional circumstances to gently try to slow the car if the foot brakes fails.
The emergency brake is your best assurance that the car won’t roll either forward or backwards when you’re parked on a hill. Use a wheel chock. When you are parking on a steep slope, you can use a wheel chock to stabilize your car and prevent it from rolling backward.