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Hi, welcome to the forums!Hey guys. Just picked up my second patriot. I still have my other which is a 2015 latitude high altitude with the auto.
I just grabbed a 2011 latitude X with the 5MT
Paid 1500 bucks and it came with a new a new clutch
Never driven stick before until today but I got it him, registered, and drove it to work.
I definitely stalled a few times and had to the throw the hazards on once today. Getting the hang of it. Just been “burning” the clutch slowly releasing it with no gas and letting it go on its own power. I’ll get better with it as time goes. Dropping it off on Monday just to get fully checked out beyond my DIY skills. Much thanks everyoneWelcome! Heck of a way to learn a stick shift, on the fly like that. I learned a little bit from a friend in college with his '85 F-150, and alot from CDL training a few years later.
I’ve been getting better today. I’m more used to the clutch and how it works (I guess lol) been giving it a little gas when it starts to bite and I’ve been releasing a little bit quicker. Ended up having to do a hill start and it went a little rough but I didn’t stall. Definitely want to get it dropped off. 100% needs a rear left bearing and I want to get the transmission looked at and serviced.I've owned a few sticks over the years. Generally, when taking off you want to give it gas as you're releasing the clutch. If not, you'll probably be on the receiving end of a horn, a finger, or both.
Aaugh! One more think to complicate the process. Really, Patriot clutches are pretty easy and a good vehicle on which to learn.One trick to use, especially on hills, press the button on the e-brake handle and use it to control rollback while you feather in gas while releasing the clutch pedal. Eventually you'll get quick enough with the feet to not need it, but it helps when learning.
That is awesome. I absolutely love the manual patriot. I haven’t driven my auto since I grabbed it. It was definitely very easy to pick up and learn on the patriot!Aaugh! One more think to complicate the process. Really, Patriot clutches are pretty easy and a good vehicle on which to learn.
I learned to drive on a 1960 Falcon, probably the hardest clutch I've ever driven in the 50 years since. The clutch had a terrible chatter and combined with an anemic 85hp motor, starting on a steep hill was a challenge. The only advantage to learning on that car was that after that I could drive anything.
The next worse was a '52 flatbed on the farm where I worked. With a 6v system and a tired battery, if I stalled it in the field, I had a crisis. I had about 2 sec of cranking power or I'd need the tractor to come pull me fast enough to clutch start it.
Forgive me: Welcome to @11’LatitudeX5MT Lat. Glad you found us.
OMG! It stresses me out to this day thinking about the first time I was on a hill with a manual with some jerk right up on me. Most days I miss shifting until I think of that day.Ended up having to do a hill start and it went a little rough but I didn’t stall.
I don't know if this will help, but some Patriots have "Hill Start Assist", where the system keeps the brakes on for a bit after you take your foot off the pedal:Ended up having to do a hill start and it went a little rough but I didn’t stall.