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      01-03-2018, 11:22 AM   #1
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6MT and the Neutral Jiggle

Does anyone else jiggle the shifter when putting it in neutral just to make sure?

I've always had a habit of doing this but now the damn thing keeps rev matching to 2nd gear when I do the jiggle.



Maybe I need to cut the habit. xD
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      01-03-2018, 11:55 AM   #2
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I usually do it when starting the car and taking it out of gear to let the car warm up a bit.
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      01-03-2018, 12:26 PM   #3
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Yes - habit my dad taught me, of course the dash tells you now what gear you're in so the jiggle may be a bit redundant and I find myself checking the dash. I've never set off rev matching...how hard you jiggling it?!
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      01-03-2018, 12:29 PM   #4
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Oh yes, I definitely do the jiggle.

It doesn't rev match for me when I jiggle it, but it does rev match when I take it out of gear. I guess the car thinks I'm going into the gear directly above or something.
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      01-03-2018, 12:32 PM   #5
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Yup, I still do it to this day when driving manual cars.
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      01-03-2018, 12:42 PM   #6
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Me too - I do it all the time.
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Absolutely I do the jiggle. It's muscle memory. Never set off the rev match though.
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Premature rev match when jiggling the stick too hard. Not something I thought I'd have to worry about at my age.
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      01-03-2018, 01:28 PM   #9
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I do the jiggle, i dont even notice i do it ... lol

Depending on the car, I have a habit of going into a gear before i go into reverse too.

"Save the Manuals"
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A few premature rev matches here and there, doc said not to worry about it.
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I jiggle it every time I touch the knob.
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      01-03-2018, 01:44 PM   #12
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I never do the jiggle but virtually every mt driver I have seen does for some reason.
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      01-03-2018, 01:51 PM   #13
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I used to do it, but I've fallen out of the habit lately. Perhaps that's why my toilets are always running.
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I feel like you have to jiggle it. I remember someone taught me it. Otherwise you never know if you're in neutral. It's prevented so many stall outs!
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Guess I'm way too strong and I'm hitting the gear gates.

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I do the jiggle, i dont even notice i do it ... lol

Depending on the car, I have a habit of going into a gear before i go into reverse too.

"Save the Manuals"
You must have come from driving manual Hondas haha because I still do that too to align the syncros for easier entry into R. I throw it in third then into R.
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100% of the time!
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I do the jiggle as well. It's something my dad used to do in the old Supra I learned to drive manual in. Frankly I kinda like hitting the gates and forcing a little off power rev match blip. Certainly wakes up the soccer moms next to me in the school car drop off line.
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Premature rev match when jiggling the stick too hard. Not something I thought I'd have to worry about at my age.
It happens
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      01-04-2018, 03:44 PM   #20
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I was watching an episode of Smoking Tire not to long ago and Matt Farah checked for neutral (the "jiggle") at least 10 times while talking to the cars owner. I never really got the jiggle, especially the multiple times back and forth.

Once you the pull shifter out of gear and let go, it naturally centers so I don't give it a second thought as I know it is in neutral, no jiggle necessary. If it doesn't center I leave the clutch in and then check, but that is fairly rare.

Last edited by Pic18; 01-04-2018 at 05:16 PM. Reason: spelling
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      01-04-2018, 03:47 PM   #21
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jiggle, yes; rev match, no
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Once you pull shifter out of gear and let go, it naturally centers so I don't give it a second thought as I know it is in neutral, no jiggle necessary. If it doesn't center I leave the clutch in and then check, but that is fairly rare.
Same here, dont understand the need to jiggle as the shifter snaps into place and centers perfectly.

Seems like many on here though are indicating that they picked up the habit from watching someone else drive stick and/or teaching them.
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