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I was talking recently to a Ford mechanic about the 3650. He said I should not drive with my hand resting on the shifter. I did a google search to see if I could find some discussion about this. I copied the text from a thread (not from this site) that said, "You can but it can damage the transmission. By having the weight of your limb pulling on the shifter handle you in turn are putting pressure on the shift fork and the slider. This will cause premature wear on those components. After a while you will start to notice that you get a little bit of a rake when shifting. Or start to get hard to put into gear. It's a shifter not an arm rest." What do you guys think about this?
 

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Sounds like complete nonsense. I'd think you'd have to have a significantly heavy arm to cause any sort of damage, and even then you'd have to be pulling it in some fashion. When my hand is resting on the shifter, my arm is usually on the arm rest, so the only weight on the shifter is the weight of my hand. The weight of your hand, or even your arm, wouldn't be enough to overcome the mechanical forces keeping the shifter in place. That's why there's a clutch.

On the other hand (ha!), you should generally drive with both hands on the wheel. But you knew that already. :smile:
 

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its the same thing about resting your foot on the clutch pedal and putting stress on the throwout bearing.
 

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I have owned several manual transmission vehicles. I have never had to rebuild, replace, repair any part of the transmission as a result of my hand resting on the shifter. I have never replaced anything more than a clutch, and that was in my first car that was beat when I bought the thing in the first place. I vote that such advice is best taken with a grain of salt. That's what I figure it is worth.
 

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I agree. I've owned tons of Manuals and have always drove with my hand resting on the stick...except for the 3 on the trees. :lol:

Now driving around with your foot on the clutch is something I've always stayed away from. Good or bad, wrong or right I've just stayed away from it and everyone is going to have their own opinion but I believe it can't be good.
 

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I've been told by no less than a professional Porsche Racing mechanic not to rest my hand on the shifter. Two reasons; first, it really can prematurely wear the transmission components because even though your arm only weighs a few pounds, the leverage action of the arms and forks multiplies this force many times; second, if you aren't actively shifting, your hand should be on the steering wheel controlling the car. Ten and two guys.

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can't go wrong with not leaving my hand on it

I've just taken the advice and follow it about 99.9% of the time.
 

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i agree with it... makes sence to me just like keeping your foot on the clutch petal... ur putting more pressure on it than if you werent resting on it so it is gonna effect something... over time not overnight
 

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I think the alum. shifter ball pretty much serves to save my tranny then. All summer I've been thinking about wearing an oven mit on my right hand cause this thing gets so damn hot!!

2 hands on the wheel? wtf?lol.
 

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If it were a problem wouldnt an aftermarket shifter with the stops (bolts) prevent that. Or does the stock shifter have the stops Ive nver looked at mine.
 

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Pestlnce said:
I think the alum. shifter ball pretty much serves to save my tranny then. All summer I've been thinking about wearing an oven mit on my right hand cause this thing gets so damn hot!!

2 hands on the wheel? wtf?lol.
If you're racing, it's the ONLY way to do so.
 

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Aftermarket shifter with stops would eliminate the worry factor. They are designed to stop the ****er from placing undo stress on the forks during a hard shift when you are racing, so street driving would be a cake walk.
 

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Kempesh said:
... second, if you aren't actively shifting, your hand should be on the steering wheel controlling the car. Ten and two guys.

K
I agree, except for 9 and 3 for performance driving on a course.
 

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Sorry but I don't believe it. The weight of your hand would have to be transmitted thru the shift ball, then thru the shifter stick to shifter mechanism, then thru the ball and socket type of set up that is in our tranny and then to the internals. The whole thing is not without some play in the entire mechanism no matter what shifter you have and even more so in the stock shifter with the thick rubber insulator/isolater of the stick to the shifter. Sounds like an urban legend to me.
 
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