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1995 993 Follow up regarding 993 cold shifting problem

Transmission and Clutch

Vehicle Information: Model: 993; Year: 1995; Body Type: Cabriolet; Total Mileage: 56000;

Thanks for your informative response. Other than learning to drive a stick 20+ years ago, I am new to manual transmissions. If you don't mind, I have a some follow up questions for my education:1. Is the gearbox and the manual transmission the same thing or two different things?2. Is there a dipstick that I could use to check the gear oil level (I have a slight oil leak and I want to make sure it is motor oil and not gear oil). The dealer previously fixed a big leak from my valve covers but there is still a small drip coming from somewhere. Do the oils look the same and smell the same?3. Is the gear oil (and/or clutch fluid)something that should be routinely changed like oil? I have no service records on this car.4. If the problem is cold gear oil, shouldn't I have a problem moving the gearshift with the motor off? I don't. The problem is just that when the car is cold, if I try to go from 1st to 2nd, the gears will grind unless I shift very slowly or double clutch.5. What does double clutching actually do? For whatever reason, the problem does not happen when I double clutch.6. Is it damaging anything to have the clutch fully depressed when waiting at a stop light with the car in gear?7. When slowing down from highway speeds, I often downshift and skip gears due to the rapid deceleration. Is this damaging anything? Do you have to go in gear order?8. When the car is warm, I still can't shift from 1st to 2nd very quickly. It seems like the higher the gear, the quicker I can shift. Is this normal due to the higher torque in the lower gears?9. When slowing down using engine braking without downshifting, at what rpm should the clutch be depressed to avoid damaging the clutch? I usually do not let it go below 1500 rpm but I was wondering if that puts too much of a burden on the clutch.Thanks again for the education.

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