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Old 05-14-2002, 06:24 PM   #1
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Default Is it bad to not step on the clutch all the way?

I have this habit of being lazy and not stepping on the clutch all the way when I'm at a stop light for instance. I push it enough so that the car does not rool when I release off the brake petal. Some one told me this is bad for the clutch. Is it?

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Old 05-14-2002, 11:17 PM   #2
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It is hard to say for your particular car, but in general, a new car doesn't have to have the clutch pressed to the floor to be completely disengaged, but just because you are not rolling at a particular light does not mean that there isn't a tiny bit of slip going on. It can add up. I came from (among other things) 2G DSMs. Consequently, I always pull it out of gear and sit at the light in neutral without touching the clutch.
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Old 05-15-2002, 01:30 PM   #3
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Question Why do people do this?

If I understand your post correctly, It seems that you slip the clutch a little to hold your car from rolling as opposed to using the brakes and putting it in neutral. I have to ask the question: Why?
What you are doing is every so slightly engaging the clutch. This will cause extra wear on the disk and also the possibility of glazing the disk which will eventually cause the clutch to slip under accelration/engine braking.
For what time it takes to put the car in neutral, release the clutch and hold the car with the brakes at a traffic light IMO is far better than causing extra wear on the clutch.
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Old 05-15-2002, 01:57 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is it bad to not step on the clutch all the way?

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I have this habit of being lazy and not stepping on the clutch all the way when I'm at a stop light for instance. I push it enough so that the car does not rool when I release off the brake petal. Some one told me this is bad for the clutch. Is it?

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This will destroy your clutch in short order. It will most likely, destroy the flywheel and throw out bearings as well.

My advice...Stop now before you cause further damage.
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Old 05-25-2002, 10:53 PM   #5
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Ah, I just reread his post. Indeed, if you are slipping the clutch to keep the car from rolling backwards you are wearing the clutch and FW badly.
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