Transaxle

Manual Transaxle Operation ‌‌

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Neutral position


Neutral position


Neutral position

Manual Transaxle Shift Pattern


The shift pattern of the transaxle is conventional, as shown.


Depress the clutch pedal all the way down while shifting; then release it slowly.


Your vehicle is equipped with a device to prevent shifting to R (reverse) by mistake. Push the shift lever downward and shift to R.


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WARNING

WARNING

WARNING

Do not use sudden engine braking on slippery road surfaces or at high speeds:

Shifting down while driving on wet, snowy, or frozen roads, or while driving at high speeds causes sudden engine braking, which is dangerous. The sudden change in tire speed could cause the tires to skid. This could lead to loss of vehicle control and an accident.

Be sure to leave the shift lever in 1 or R position and set the parking brake when leaving the vehicle unattended:

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CAUTION

CAUTION

CAUTION

Otherwise the vehicle could move and cause an accident.


Ø Keep your foot off the clutch pedal except when shifting gears. Also, do not use the clutch to hold the vehicle on an upgrade. Riding the clutch will cause needless clutch wear and damage.

Ø Do not apply any excessive lateral force to the shift lever when changing from 5th to 4th gear.

This could lead to the accidental selection of 2nd gear, which can result in damage to the transaxle.

Ø Make sure the vehicle comes to a complete stop before shifting to R. Shifting to R while the vehicle is still moving may damage the transaxle.

NOTE

If shifting to R is difficult, shift back into neutral, release the clutch pedal, and try again.

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qRecommendations for Shifting

Upshifting

For normal acceleration, we recommend these shift points.


Gear

Vehicle speed

1 to 2

24 km/h (15 mph)

2 to 3

42 km/h (26 mph)

3 to 4

60 km/h (37 mph)

4 to 5

75 km/h (46 mph)

5 to 6

79 km/h (49 mph)

For cruising


Gear

Vehicle speed

1 to 2

13 km/h (8 mph)

2 to 3

29 km/h (18 mph)

3 to 4

49 km/h (30 mph)

4 to 5

63 km/h (39 mph)

5 to 6

70 km/h (43 mph)

Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or on a steep upgrade, downshift before the engine starts to overwork. This reduces the chance of stalling and gives better acceleration when you need more speed.

On a steep downgrade, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

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