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Old 03-31-2005, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi,
i've started to notice that around 20 mph or below, if i m in 4th, my car starts jerking and feels like it's about to stall. is this normal or something is going wrong? fuel injectors? plugs?
i mean i normally keep my rpms above 2000 and don't run in this situation, but lately i've been getting lazy in traffic and don't want to shift that often and found this problem...

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Old 03-31-2005, 12:43 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Your car is jerking because you are in too high a gear! I don't think that anyone drives 20MPH in 4th! (Well, I guess you do) Stop it!

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Drive how you want, but I don't think you should be doing that.
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I think to be honest it's the car trying not to stall, I couldn't drive mine @ 20mph in 4th, even 30 you can feel it struggle - all cars being different though * mine is manual btw, don't know if that makes any difference.
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Which engine do you have, and how many rpms are you doing in 4th at that speed?
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my guess would be 1000rpm, and engine management trying to keep it going. - hence jerking/stall.
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Wow I feel sorry for your clutch....


How old are you? and how long have you been driving a clutch?


1st gear- 0-15 mph
2nd gear - 15-30 mph
3rd gear - 30-45 mph
4th gear - 45- 60
5th gear - 55- however fast you can get it to

Numbers might be a little bit high/low since I'm guessing, it's beeb a while since I've driven a manual. I just know that you SHOULD NEVER be in 4th gear at 20 mph. :

Don't learn how to drive a 5-speed in a bmw...........
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lol
mine's a manual too and i've been driving manuals for a few years now... n like i said i usually don't do that - 20 mph in 4th.. iz jus the damn traffic during commute hours kills you...
n when i said i keep the rpms up i meant keep it in lower gears which translate to higher rpms for that same speed.. not pressing the clutch to keeping higher rpms in 4th at 20mps..

so basically with the post i wanted to make sure it wasn't just my car.. looks like my baby is aight... just gotta keep it in lower gears...

btw.. some cars will allow you to go as low as 10 mph in 4th without showing signs of stalling...
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Now, if you really feel like just not using the clutch pedal, that can be arranged. I started practicing about a week before I came to Germany. That was fun. It was in an article in "Sport Compact Car" called Your Mom Can't Drive or something like that. Just "unload" the transmission, and the shifter should just slide out. Then you rev-match to your next gear (usually down), and the shifter will slide in again. Voila! no clutch!
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Shouldve brought an automatic if you're feeling so lazy that you can't shift in traffic. You'd rather cause a break-down of every moving part in your car, and spend lots of money.

You must be made of money. Or love to work. Plan on not having any time to be lazy if you continue to try and drive your car in 4th gear at 20mph.
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If you don't want to shift rev the engine in 2nd or 3rd rather than bogging it in 4th. It will be much easier on the engine. The manual for my 2.8L says not to run it below 1500rpm uphill which implies you need to downshift if you intend to accellerate.
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i agree.. iz jus those day when u had enough already at work that you don't even want to drive at all let alone shift..
believe me i love driving manual cars.. reason its my third one...

i just got worried that something in my car was going wrong when it started doing that.. my A4 never did that even at 15 mph...

like i said b4 normally i wouldn't be driving 20 in 4th..its jus these damn days... like today i'd be revin the crap out of my car jus cuz its a beautiful day to drive...

n no i don't have that much money to spend... i just wish i did... i should pick a copy of that article, what is it? oh yea, "Your Mom Can't Drive"...

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my A4 never did that even at 15 mph...
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Thats for having an A4!

Thats for being in 4th at 15 mph!

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i would kick anyone's butt here with that A4 driving in 4th at 15mph... lol.. jus kiddin... thas why its gone now...

gonna b in 4th again today.. the day sucked...
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