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Fully depress the clutch pedal before you shift gears. As
you release the clutch pedal, lightly depress the accelera-
Use each gear in numerical order - do not skip a gear. Be
sure the gear selector lever is in FIRST gear, (not THIRD),
when starting from a standing position. Damage to the
clutch can result from starting in THIRD.
For most city driving you will find it easier to use only
the lower gears. For steady highway driving with light
accelerations, FIFTH gear is recommended.
Never drive with your foot resting on the clutch pedal, or
try to hold the vehicle on a hill with the clutch pedal
partially engaged. This will cause abnormal wear on the
Never shift the gear selector lever into REVERSE until the
vehicle has come to a complete stop.
NOTE: During cold weather, until the transaxle lubri-
cant is warm, you may experience slightly higher shift
efforts. This is normal and not harmful to the transaxle.
Five-Speed Shift Pattern
302 STARTING AND OPERATING