Shift Lever Operation
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.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.
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.
The manual transmission has a lockout mechanism that stops you from accidentally shifting into R from a forward gear while the vehicle is moving above a certain speed.
If you cannot shift to R when the vehicle is stopped, do the following:
- Depress the clutch pedal, move the shift lever all the way to the left, and shift to R.
- If you still cannot shift into R, apply the parking brake, and turn the ignition switch to ACCESSORY I or LOCK 0*1.
- Depress the clutch pedal and shift into R.
- Keep depressing the clutch pedal and start the engine.
*1:Models with the keyless access system have an ENGINE START/STOP button instead of an ignition switch.