What is riding the clutch?

What is riding the clutch?

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You've very likely heard the phrase, but what exactly is riding the clutch? We explain it here, and discipline you how to avoid doing it

It’s a common habit among learner drivers, but riding the hold is something that anybody can do while driving a car. The basic principle of clutch put down is to fully disengage the clutch when changing gear by pressing the clutch pedal to the deck with your left foot then and re-engage by lifting off the pedal. Doing so means you can metamorphosis gear smoothly, without letting the gears crash into each other.

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While that’s the basic principle, there are times when you have need of to let the clutch ‘slip’ to get going. This chiefly happens when pulling away uphill, or if you’re exasperating to get a lot of power to the road when it’s wet or in very slippery conditions. However, this affable of slip against the clutch plates can cause excessive wear, which resolution shorten the life of the component, hastening its failure. And as the clutch is considered a wear and zip item (like tyres and brakes), it won’t be covered by your new-car warranty.

Another circumstances that can cause extra stress and wear is when a driver ‘rides’ the snatch. This usually happens when a driver has failed to take their foot of the power pedal after changing gear, so the clutch isn’t fully re-engaged. There may be a few reasons for this, but riding the power is something that you must try and avoid.

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One reason for riding the possession could be a poor driving position. If you’re sat too close to the pedals, you might not have ample legroom to put your left foot in a comfortable position away from the lay hold of pedal. To remedy this, we’d recommend adjusting your driving position. The first way to do this is to press the clutch pedal with your leg locked in a fully even position, then move the seat until you are pushing the clutch pedal against the bulkhead in the driver’s foot acc. Once adjusted, take your foot off the pedal, and you should have plenty room to move your foot to a position on the floor that avoids stirring the pedal.

Many cars have an off-clutch footrest that makes this far easier, but if you’re driving a car with a crowded footwell, see if you can position your foot behind the clutch pedal. It’s not ideal, but at least that means you can pressurize the car without pressing the pedal unduly.

If you do ride the clutch, the one telltale sign that you’re causing wound to the clutch is a distinctive burning smell from the clutch plates as they blurt out on the gearbox shaft will be the biggest clue. If you do notice this smell, set your footing accordingly.

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Having a better driving site is the best way to avoid riding the clutch in a manual car, but the other way to avoid it is by buying a car with an inevitable or semi-automatic gearbox. With no pedal to rest on, and more foot extent as a result, you’ll never need worry about riding the clutch, and facing extravagant repairs if the clutch fails, ever again.

Has riding the clutch ever caused you costly repairs? Let us be inf in the comments section below…


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