Manual transmission models
Do not shift to R before the vehicle comes to a complete stop.
Shifting to R before stopping can damage the transmission.
Before downshifting, make sure the engine will not go into the tachometer's red zone. Should this occur, it can severely damage your engine.There is a metallic part on the shift lever. If you leave the vehicle parked outside for a long time on a hot day, be careful before moving the shift lever. Because of heat, the shift lever may be extremely hot. If the outside temperature is low, the shift lever may feel cold.If you exceed the maximum speed for the gear you are in, the engine speed will enter into the tachometer's red zone. When this happens, you may experience a slight jolt.
Shift Lever Operation
Fully depress the clutch pedal to operate the shift lever and change gears, then slowly release the pedal.
Depress the clutch pedal, and pause for a few seconds before shifting into R, or shift into one of the forward gears for a moment. This stops the gears so they do not “grind.”
- When you are not shifting, do not rest your foot on the clutch pedal. This can cause your clutch to wear out faster.
Your vehicle’s lockout mechanism stops you from accidentally shifting into R from the 5th gear. Always shift to N first, then to R.