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Sunday 4 December 2016
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Ford Offers Instructions On How To Shift a Manual Tranny

Ford Offers Instructions On How To Shift a Manual Tranny

Normally, cars don’t come with instructions. Of course, you have an owner’s manual, but there are things people decide before they buy a car, and that assumes someone buying a manual transmission can actually drive one.  That’s why this little shifter hangtag above, seen on a 2016 Ford Fiesta, is so puzzling. Not sure I have ever seen anything like this.

It seems to be die-cut exactly like a hotel Do Not Disturb sign, and the fundamental message isn’t so different, in that it warns you not to disturb the shifter, especially when going into reverse.

Here’s the full text if you can’t make out the picture:

PROPER SHIFTING OPERATION 

TIPS TO AVOID TRANSMISSION DAMAGE

  • BEFORE APPLYING ANY GEAR THE CLUTCH PEDAL MUST BE FULLY PRESSED

  • SHIFTING INTO REVERSE:

    • THE VEHICLE MUST BE STATIONARY PRIOR TO SHIFT INTO REVERSE
    • BRING THE VEHICLE TO A COMPLETE STOP. THEN, WITH THE CLUTCH PEDAL FULLY PRESSED TO THE FLOOR, WAIT FOR TWO SECONDS BEFORE SHIFTING INTO REVERSE (THIS WILL ALLOW THE GEARS TO STOP SPINNING). THE LENGTH OF WAIT TIME WILL IMPROVE THE SHIFT FEEL AND AVOID UNWANTED NOISE DURING THE SHIFT.

DO NOT DAMAGE YOUR TRANSMISSION 

GO FURTHER

Reading this over, the first bullet point is common sense about driving a manual – push the clutch, then shift. They seem concerned that the clutch gets fully pressed, which should always be done.

Ford must be dealing with some complaints about noisy shifts into reverse for them to go through the trouble to print this.  There’s some great advice here, too: do not damage your transmission.  That’s really good advice!