Shifting the vehicle initially into any gear other than 1 (First) or R (Reverse) can damage the clutch. Shift the manual transmission in the proper sequence, and time the gear shifting with the accelerator to avoid revving the engine and damaging the clutch.
1 (First): Press the clutch pedal and shift into 1 (First). Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
If you have come to a complete stop and it is hard to shift into 1 (First), put the shift lever in Neutral and let up on the clutch. Press the clutch pedal back down. Then shift into 1 (First).
2 (Second): Press the clutch pedal as you let up on the accelerator pedal and shift into 2 (Second).
Then, slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
3 (Third), 4 (Fourth), and 5 (Fifth): Shift into 3 (Third), 4 (Fourth), and 5 (Fifth) the same way as for 2 (Second). Slowly let up on the clutch pedal as you press the accelerator pedal.
To stop, let up on the accelerator pedal and press the brake pedal.
Just before the vehicle stops, press the clutch pedal and the brake pedal, and shift to Neutral.
Neutral: Use this position when you start or idle the engine.
R (Reverse): To back up, press down the clutch pedal and shift into R (Reverse). Let up on the clutch pedal slowly while pressing the accelerator pedal.
Shifting to R (Reverse) while the vehicle is moving forward could damage the transmission. The repairs would not be covered by the vehicle warranty. Shift to R (Reverse) only after the vehicle is stopped.
If you skip a gear when downshifting, you could lose control of the vehicle. You could injure yourself or others. Do not shift down more than one gear at a time when downshifting.
Vehicles equipped with a manual
transmission may have an up-shift light. This light indicates when to shift to the next higher gear for better fuel economy.
For the best fuel economy, accelerate slowly and shift when the light comes on, and if the weather, road, and traffic conditions allow.
It is normal for the light to go on and off if the accelerator position changes quickly. Ignore the light during downshifts.
If equipped with fog lamps, they are controlled by the band on the middle of the turn signal lever. To use the fog lamps, the ignition must be turned on and the low-beam headlamps or parking lamps must be on. Turn the band to to turn the fog lamps on. The band automatically returns to ...
Front Turn Signal/Parking Lamps
To replace a front turn signal bulb: Open the hood. See Hood on page 10-5. Turn the bulb socket counterclockwise and pull it out of the lamp housing. Pull the bulb straight out of the bulb socket. Install the new bulb into the socket by pressing it in. Install the socket into the ...
High-Beam On Light
This light comes on when the high-beam headlamps are in use. See Headlamp High/Low-Beam Changer on page 6-1 for more information. Daytime Running Lamps (DRL) Indicator Light This light, in the display on the top of the center stack, turns on whenever the Daytime Running Lamps are in use. Se ...