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How do u lengthen the life span of a clutch?
I was told putting the gear in neutral when waiting at traffic lights help.
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Being gentle when applying/releasing it via the pedal surely?
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Putting it in neutral at the lights will save a bit of wear on the release bearing, but it isnt really that significant. Drag racing style starts and using the clutch to hold the car on a hill instead of using the handbrake are probably the most damaging things for the clutch. The more gentle you are letting it out when pulling away and changing gear the better.
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Who sits at the traffic lights in gear......???
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Who sits at the traffic lights in gear......???
Me.
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Who sits at the traffic lights in gear......???
me too :p:
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Why?
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Why?
Why not? Its one less thing to do when the lights turn green.
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so they can get a quick start.
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I dont see the point in putting it into neutral because the lights never stay on red long enough to make it worth while. I just sit there with my clutch down and foot brake on and them in ready to go as soon as the light goes green.
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Me.
:ditto: sometimes
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I dont see the point in putting it into neutral because the lights never stay on red long enough to make it worth while. I just sit there with my clutch down and foot brake on and them in ready to go as soon as the light goes green.
Hope you use your handbrake, especially in the evening and in the dark, nothing worse than having 3 bright brake lights in your face whilst the guy infront can't use his handbrake!

Normal process for waiting at traffic lights is to be ready, i.e. in 1st, clutch down, handbrake on or footbrake if only a very short time is expected.
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I dont see the point in putting it into neutral because the lights never stay on red long enough to make it worth while. I just sit there with my clutch down and foot brake on and them in ready to go as soon as the light goes green.
In the mean time dazzling the person behind with your brake lights
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In the mean time dazzling the person behind with your brake lights
In the day you don't get dazzled and at night i will put the hand brake on if there is someone behind me.
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I've started balancing it in first more and more since i have passed, sometimes i jsut can't be arsed to use the handbreak, but i know its not good practice!
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Put butter on it.
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Who sits at the traffic lights in gear......???
Me three!

If its dark i leave my foot on the brake lights so that people know i am stopped. In fact i just leave my foot on the footbrake its easier. If its flat i'll just keep my foot depressed on the clutch and take my foot of the brake, no need to have handbrake/brakes on, on a flat road! Your not going to go anywhere, takes more than a bit of wind to get over a tonnes worth of metal moving!

Its just easier having your car already in gear, just bring your foot up and your away, and that couple of seconds without fannying around with putting the car in gear, taking the handbrake of means some lucky person behind you gets through the traffic lights that wouldn't have done otherwise. I am nice like that!

As for lengthing the life span of the clutch, don't slip the clutch and you'll be fine. Of course i am being hypocritical as i do it all the time, i know it is bad for it but i am not going to have the car that long for it to affect me!

Graham
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Try to stay off of the clutch as much as possible. When changing gears, try and do it rather quickly as opposed to slow changes where you've got the clutch pedal half in/half out. Either have it fully pressed, or your foot completely off of it.

You're probably supposed to have it in gear at stoplights, but I usually can't be bothered. Especially if someone else is in front. You can get it into gear and ready to go before the person in front moves off.
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It takes a split second to put it into gear? I don't understand your argument..?
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It takes a split second to put it into gear? I don't understand your argument..?
You should have been taught to do it for your driving test, it's up to you whether you carry on doing so. Being 'ready' at the traffic lights includes being in gear.
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