Kia Forte: Driving your vehicle / Manual transmission

Kia Forte 2019-2020 (BD) Owners Manual / Driving your vehicle / Manual transmission

Manual transmission operation

The manual transmission has 6 forward gears.

This shift pattern is imprinted on the shift knob. The transmission is fully synchronized in all forward gears so shifting to either a higher or a lower gear is easily accomplished.

Depress the clutch pedal down fully while shifting, then release it slowly.

If your vehicle is equipped with an ignition lock switch, the engine will not start when starting the engine without depressing the clutch pedal. The shift lever must be returned to the neutral position before shifting into R (Reverse).

Push the button located immediately below the shift knob and pull the gearshift lever to the left sufficiently, and then shift into the reverse (R) gear position.

Make sure the vehicle is completely stopped before shifting into R (Reverse).

Never operate the engine with the tachometer (rpm) in the red zone.

CAUTION

• During cold weather, shifting may be difficult until the transmission lubricant is warmed up. This is normal and not harmful to the transmission.

• If you've come to a complete stop and it's hard to shift into the 1st or R (Reverse), leave the shift lever at the N (Neutral) position and release the clutch. Press the clutch pedal back down, and then shift into the 1st or R (Reverse) gear position.

CAUTION

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