Clutch Neutral- Clutch Gear......... Clutch Neutral- REV - Clutch Gear

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Tractor Man's Comment
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If you have been through Driver Training, you know what that means. If not, It is learning to Double Clutch and Shift an Unsynchronized Truck transmission. I won't get into the mechanical details. Suffice it to say, I felt like an incompetent fool this morning learning this "Dance"! I have driven manual transmission vehicles most of my life. I'm now trying to unlearn 40 years of proper shifting habits (for an automobile that is), that are improper shifting habits for a Semi Tractor. I have read on this site and others, that knowing how to operate a manual transmission in an automobile is a liability and not an asset. In my case this is 100% TRUE. If you have only driven cars with an automatic transmission, this will be easier for you to learn. We practiced this for about 3 1/2 hours today, I only began to get the hang of it in the last 30 minutes or so. Back at it again tomorrow!

Now if I could only get rid of this Ear Worm before I go to bed tonight smile.gif

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Sam the Wrestler's Comment
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Don't forgett to go back "home" lol . Good luck, I'm sure you'll get it .

miracleofmagick's Comment
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The funny part is, most people who complain about having a hard time learning shifting, come back just a couple of days later saying about how much better they've gotten at it. Just give yourself a little time and don't get too hard on yourself

RedGator's Comment
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I had a trainee once that drove a manual at home. She grinded every last one of her gears up until the day she got out of my truck. Shes been out here over a year now. Dont worry its not the end of the world.

Tractor Man's Comment
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Thanks Miracle! I know ill get the hang of it. Have 3 or 4 more hours tomorrow. There is definitely a Learning Curve!

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Tractor Man's Comment
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Thanks Red! BTW my left thigh and calf are KILLING me! rofl-3.gif

RedGator's Comment
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Oh trust me i remember those days. Its because your clutching to hard. It happens. When you get more comfortable you will loosen up and so will your leg. Just remember the clutch has about an inch of freeplay. Find the free play then you only have to push the clutch in about an inch beyond that to shift. If your clutching too deep shifting takes forever and its ackward. Find the rhythm in your head. Like a song. It does get easier.

Thanks Red! BTW my left thigh and calf are KILLING me! rofl-3.gif

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.

OOS:

When a violation by either a driver or company is confirmed, an out-of-service order removes either the driver or the vehicle from the roadway until the violation is corrected.

6 string rhythm's Comment
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Memories.

You'll be able to get to a point when the only time you use the clutch is when you're at a stop. And it is a very satisfying accomplishment. No clutch, when shifting up or down. Like butter. All it takes is practice and an understanding of rpms and the relationship to road speed, and the "feel."

Annee's Comment
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If you have been through Driver Training, you know what that means. If not, It is learning to Double Clutch and Shift an Unsynchronized Truck transmission. I won't get into the mechanical details. Suffice it to say, I felt like an incompetent fool this morning learning this "Dance"! I have driven manual transmission vehicles most of my life. I'm now trying to unlearn 40 years of proper shifting habits (for an automobile that is), that are improper shifting habits for a Semi Tractor. I have read on this site and others, that knowing how to operate a manual transmission in an automobile is a liability and not an asset. In my case this is 100% TRUE. If you have only driven cars with an automatic transmission, this will be easier for you to learn. We practiced this for about 3 1/2 hours today, I only began to get the hang of it in the last 30 minutes or so. Back at it again tomorrow!

Now if I could only get rid of this Ear Worm before I go to bed tonight smile.gif

I remember learning to double clutch and wondering if I would ever get the rhythm down, downshifting was the worst for me. But I'm here to say I did learn and in fact I find it kind of fun. You will be fine......

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

OWI:

Operating While Intoxicated

Jeff B.'s Comment
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Tractor Man, today we were learning how to double clutch as well. I got so aggravated with myself because I operate farm equipment and drove with a clutch around 30 years and can't figure why this is so difficult for me. Even the instructor mentioned about those who have never drove stick have an easier time with double clutching than those who have in their personal vehicles. We are back at it again Monday and I am determined to get this down and I am sure you are as well. I am curious how you did today. Good luck.

Double Clutch:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

Double Clutching:

To engage and then disengage the clutch twice for every gear change.

When double clutching you will push in the clutch, take the gearshift out of gear, release the clutch, press the clutch in again, shift the gearshift into the next gear, then release the clutch.

This is done on standard transmissions which do not have synchronizers in them, like those found in almost all Class A trucks.

HOS:

Hours Of Service

HOS refers to the logbook hours of service regulations.
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