Kia Carens: Manual transaxle operation / Using the clutch

Kia Carens RP (2013-2018) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Manual Transaxle / Manual transaxle operation / Using the clutch

The clutch pedal should be depressed all the way to the floor before shifting, then released slowly. The clutch pedal should always be fully released while driving. Do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal while driving. This can cause unnecessary wear. Do not partially engage the clutch to hold the vehicle on an incline. This causes unnecessary wear. Use the foot brake or parking brake to hold the vehicle on an incline. Do not operate the clutch pedal rapidly and repeatedly.

CAUTION

Half clutch?

A condition where the clutch is half-engaged and sliding. It may occur when the clutch pedal is partially depressed (not fully depressed), or vehicle power is transferred to the clutch before the pedal is fully let go.

CAUTION

When operating the clutch pedal, depress the clutch pedal down fully. If you don’t depress the clutch pedal fully, the clutch may be damaged or noise may occur.

WARNING

Downshifting

When you must slow down in heavy traffic or while driving up steep hills, downshift before the engine starts to labor. Downshifting reduces the chance of stalling and gives better acceleration when you again need to increase your speed. When the vehicle is traveling down steep hills, downshifting helps maintain safe speed and prolongs brake life.

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