Column shifter in a Ford Crown Victoria. A knob showing the driver the position of each gear. A knob, variously called gear knob, shift knob, gear shift knob or stick shift knob, forms the handle for the gear stick. Running – Shape Shifter the gear knob includes a diagram of the shift pattern of the gear selection system, i.
Therefore, novice drivers are taught to rock the knob of a manual gearbox from side to side before starting the engine to confirm that the gearbox is in neutral. Many automatic transmission vehicles have extra controls on the gear stick, or very close by, which modify the choices made by the transmission system depending on engine and road speed, e. Some specialist vehicles have controls for other functions on the gear stick. The Land Rover Freelander introduced a button for that company’s Hill Descent Control system feature, which uses the brakes to simulate the function of a low-ratio gearbox in steep descents. In some traditional four-wheel drive “off-road” vehicles there can be a second gear lever which engages a low-ratio gearbox, used on tough terrain. 5 speed gear stick of a manual transmission car. The shift pattern refers to the layout of the gears.
In a typical manual transmission car, first gear is located to the left, and forwards. In many trucks and some sports cars it is instead in a “dog leg” position, to the left and rearwards. There is usually a spring-loading to return the stick to the central position. Reverse gear is commonly positioned in the best choice of location to avoid accidental engagement. Fiat 500L manual gear shift with 6 speeds. Some vehicles have a special button to prevent accidental engagement of reverse. Others require that the lever be lifted, pressed down, or moved with extra force to engage reverse.