I recently got a new Audi A3 2.0T stick shift. This is my first manual
transmission car. My question is what is the best way to drive over
speed bumps since my apartment complex has around 6 of them and I
don't feel comfortable driving them. Here is what I've tried:
1) Drive in first, slow down over bump using brake - car shudders on
braking, does not feel smooth
2) Drive in first, slow down pressing clutch - requires very slow
release of clutch, afraid of clutch wear and if not done correctly,
3) Drive in second, slow down using brake - can't really slow down
much, fear of stalling if revs drop below idle
None of these methods seem to be working very well for me. Please
Thanks for your input.
you are probably in too high a gear and should be moving down
you are still in too high a gear, move down through the gears and use
a combination of brakes, clutch and gearchanging
yes, you are right, move down through the gears
You should be slowing down the car using the gears and brakes. When
you are going over speed bumps the idea is to slow down. Depending on
the type of speed bump will determine how fast you can go over them,
or how slow you need to take them. sometimes you can speed up slightly
as you go over them but not before it.
Try to be responsible and go slow, as they are there to prevent
accidents involving pedestrians.
Dont ride the clutch too often or else you will wear it out. Get used
to going down through the gears to slow down. Its better for the car
too. will take a bit of getting used to though, and expect some high
revs and shudders initially. You will get the hang of it though.
It depends on the speed bump and may take some practice but learn to
approach at just sufficient speed such that if you depress the clutch and
hold it in just prior to coming to the speed bump, your car has sufficient
momentum just to get the front wheels and possibly the back wheels over it.
If it is a really elevated speed bump, then you may only be able to get the
front wheels clear before you need to engage the clutch to get enough
additional momentum to get the real wheels over using the same technique.
Basic rule of thumb on such speed bumps is to get the wheels over them with
the clutch disengaged. It will take practice but don't obsess about clutch
wear in that situation. Clutch wear occurs mostly as a result of bad habits
like "riding" the clutch at stops.
Hard to say without knowing how large or wode the bumps are - but if
you would typically be driving in, say, second gear in the parking
lot, then just push out the clutch pedal as you reach the bump, ride
over it, then resume driving in whatever gear you were in BEFORE the
speed bump. You should not lose much speed over the bump. It's
probably easier to do this in second gear, as first is pretty low in
And if you do slow down while driving by downshifting, make sure you
'blip' the throttle to match the revs. In other words, as you push the
clutch pedal out, you rev the engine slightly to try and match where
the engine will be revving when you release the clutch pedal and
engage the lower gear. It's an acquired skill, and can be more
difficult if your car has a drive-by-wire throttle (which yours, in
all likelihod, doesn't have). Otherwise, just slamming it into a lower
gear will cause excess wear and tear on both the clutch and
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA
The car has an anti-stall, even if you take your foot off the clutch and
have your foot off the accelerator, it will very gradually increase the
revs to prevent a stall.
As you arrive at the speed bump, you should have enough momentum (even
at a slow speed) to put it into neutral, foot off the clutch and let the
car go over the speed bump. Then stick it into second and go. (For a
diesel stick it into first).
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