So, my significant other has been asking me to teach her to how to drive my jeep. I've got some 32's on a D35 with 3.73 gearing, so I occasionally have to be careful about lugging the engine. I may be a little overprotective of my baby, but I'm worried about the potential damage to the transmission caused by teaching someone to drive a manual. How durable is the transmission, and how much abuse can it actually take before I need to be worried?
12-17-2009 10:34 AM
Well I have only had my 6 spd wrangler since oct but from what I hear it is a tough transmission...essentially a light-truck trans. With that said, I have taught people on a number of cars and I find that if you teach properly, you dont need to worry about the transmission, more of a clutch issue as I find most people new to manuals either ride the clutch too much or rev too high without being engaged.
The one thing about the wrangler trans that I noticed compared to sports cars is that it is meant to be shifted slowly. Let the synchros do there job and dont force anything
12-17-2009 11:32 AM
+1 for shifting slowly. My trans works great but I make sure to feel each synchro as I go from gear to gear. If you are teaching someone to drive stick, I think the Jeep would be a good start. The clutch is relatively light and it engages smoothly... I tried to teach my friend how to drive stick on my 450hp Mitsu. Evo that had a pucked race clutch and heavy duty pressure plate which was basically an on/off switch, and that was a terrible experience, haha. Good luck!
12-17-2009 01:13 PM
Jeeps are hard to kill too, I know when I had my 1.8L Ford Ranger, it died easily but with a jeep its hard to kill.
12-17-2009 01:19 PM
The transmission itself with be fine, I would worry more about the clutch. Depends on how a good a teach you are, and how fast the student can learn.
12-17-2009 03:41 PM
Find a 1962 Dodge army truck with a 4 speed and 3 foot shifter throw. And you'll need to double clutch on every shift.That's what I learned on. Indestructible.
Seriously though. Just don't let the student ride the clutch and it should be fine.
12-17-2009 03:47 PM
I taught my kid by sitting in the driveway with a slight uphill slope which gets steeper as you go. I would make him use just the clutch and no gas to take off on increasingly steeper sections of the drive. It was easy on the clutch, and he learned how to feather the clutch easily. After that, I showed him how to hold his rpm steady while increasing the clutch engagement. Either he is a quick learner or that is a pretty good way to teach it.