make use of the handbrake, and keep the car in first gear. Use a 4 wheel drive vehicle. dont seat any passengers in the back seat(unless they are strong enough to push the car up the slope in case you need help) [ October 11, 2007: Message edited by: Chunnard Singh ]
If your car is powerful enough, you can just start at the bottom of the hill, keep it on the first gear and just feed the right amount of gas making sure to not to stall the engine! If you have a small engine car, you might want to start a bit far, pick up some momentum, and as soon as you start slowing down, shift to second or first, and if you started rolling backwards, try keep the wheels straight.
When I was a student we had to beg or borrow a car whenever we wanted to go out. One night we had a friend's uncles car, but it only fired on 2.5 cylinders out of 4 (one never worked, another only intermittently) and the handbrake was near useless.
On our travels we had to stop on an incline waiting for the lights to change. Once they did my friend attempted a hill start, but without the handbrake he was unable to get enough power from the engine to get started and kept sliding back down the hill each time he tried. Eventually we ended up resting against the roo-bar (bull bar?) of the 4WD (SUV?) sitting behind us. From there he was able to generate enough revs to slip the clutch and make it up the hill.
Dave's pointer: find an open car park with a long, slight incline and go there when the car park is not being used. Start at the bottom and do a hill start then stop, hill start, stop, hill start, stop all the way to the top, then drive back down and start again. Repeat until bored.
It was scary initially, but I do this everyday on a slope next to our home now effortlessly. Be on first gear, keep the brake pressed and then start releasing the clutch ever so slowly. You will soon feel the engine shudder, that's your cue, the car won't move either way if you now release the brake. Take it from there by accelerating slowly and releasing the clutch further. If you do it too fast as a beginner, engine might switch off. I have tried practising this on reverse gear up the underground garage, it works perfect
With most cars you can sense that moment when the clutch engages enough to start dragging the engine down and get off the brake to the gas without rolling back at all. Not the first time, but eventually. I grew up with a stick shift in Nebraska - flat as a pool table except for one underpass. Even with only one place to practice, I finally got it down.
I just saw a review of some new car - Mercedes maybe? - that knows it's on a hill and keeps the brake engaged when you take your foot off until it senses you're getting it together for forward motion. Wonder how much that feature adds to the cost and weight.
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Darnest thing, your friend must get a driving instructor, that will really help, that's how I learnt, Just couple of classes and it was easy.
However, my roommate wanted to learn manual using my car (almost new with 10k miles on it). I asked him to get a rental car when he was about to blow the clutch plates out driving up a hill and to his bad luck there was a stop sign half way up and you know how the feeling is!
Remember: If you do not know how to drive a manual, do not try it yourself and use a beat up car to learn. The important thing is to balance the clutch by releasing it slowly so that the car does not move. If you drive a motor cycle it should be a piece of cake. [ October 11, 2007: Message edited by: Harsha Jay ]
posted 12 years ago
I didn't realize this was about hill start, and that most cars in US don't have gear stick. Most cars here are manual, every morning reversing out of the drive way is up hill, and yeah, clutch break balance is quite easy one you get used to it!!