Tips

Downshifting

Hill Holder – Traffic Light or Stop Sign

Left Foot Placement

Entering a Parking Lot – Feel the Shakes?

Shifting Technique

Traffic Lights

Cost Saving Clutch Tips

Downshifting

Avoid excessive downshifting, especially into 1st and 2nd gear, if you need to slow down use your brakes.

Whenever you downshift, you subject the clutch to unnecessary wear which is removing miles from the life of your clutch. Remember, you have one clutch and four brakes on your car. Brakes are engineered specifically to stop your car. The clutch is engineered to transfer power from the engine to the transmission, enabling the car to move.

Left Foot Placement

When the car is in gear and moving, take your foot left foot off the clutch pedal.

If you even slightly rest your foot on the clutch pedal after shifting you are causing unneeded wear to your clutch components. Take your foot off of the clutch pedal after shifting; this will extend the life of your clutch, saving you time and money.

Traffic Lights

When you come to a traffic light put your car in neutral and take your foot off the clutch pedal

Even though you have the clutch pedal depressed, your clutch will still wear because the clutch components are engaged. Each time you sit at a traffic light with your foot on the clutch pedal you are removing miles from the life of your clutch.

Entering a Parking Lot – Feel the Shakes?

When entering a parking lot always be in the proper gear for the speed you are going. When traveling at less than five miles per hour, you should be in 1st gear.

If you are in a higher gear than what the vehicle is designed for you will feel a “shake”. When you feel that “shake”, your clutch is hammering against itself take miles off of your clutch system.

Shifting Technique

When you start out in 1st gear you “feather” the clutch pedal for a smooth start. When shifting through the rest of the gears, do not “feather” the clutch. The clutch pedal should be “in” and “out” in gear 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th.

If you “feather” (letting the pedal out gradually) the clutch between gears you will cause excessive wear to the clutch components. When shifting between 1st & 2nd, 2nd & 3rd, 3rd & 4th, and 4th & 5th, the pedal should be “in” and “out”.

Hill Holder – Traffic Light or Stop Sign

When you are on an incline (up hill) waiting for traffic to clear or a light to change, do not use your clutch as a hill-holder. Hill- holding is keeping the car in 1st gear, feathering the clutch to hold your position, while at a light or for traffic to clear.

Using the clutch as a hill holder you can wear the clutch equal to 5,000 miles in just one intersection.