Car Clutch: Here’s How To Avoid Wearing Yours Out Prematurely

You’re using your car’s clutch more than any other part, component or mechanism. As a result, it’s put under a lot of stress. Repairs can easily cost up to £500, so it’s important to look after it. Here’s five ways to stop your car’s clutch from wearing out…

Be In The Right Gear At All Times

Good drivers can minimise the amount of gear changes they need to make by planning ahead. Think about the roads you’re using, the traffic you’re facing and other obstacles. This means you can adapt your speed to the circumstances; eliminating the need for constant gear-changing. In addition, don’t buy into the notion that you need to successively go through all the gears when changing. This used to be standard advice when slowing down a car, but it’s totally unnecessary and will wear out your clutch at a faster rate.

Don’t Ride The Clutch

Most drivers have probably come across this phrase through their driving instructor. Simply put, it means compressing the clutch and leaving it down needlessly. Drivers usually get into it as a bad habit, either because they’re driving too quickly or are in too high a gear for a turn or manoeuvre. It’s probably the worst thing imaginable for your clutch.

Use Your Handbrake Once Parked

This is a controversial point, but it’s worth considering. Some drivers swear by leaving their vehicles in gear, usually first, whilst parked. Why? Because in theory it’d make the car harder to roll should the handbrake fail. But modern handbrake systems are reliable and advanced. They’re designed to work comfortably on their own. If you’re worried about rolling, it’s probably because you’re on uneven terrain. In this situation, you could simply turn your wheels slightly into the kerb; this would be enough to stop it in its tracks.

Put Yourself In Neutral When Idle 

When you’re stuck in traffic or at a red light, don’t keep your foot on the clutch. Not only is this uncomfortable for you, it’ll place unnecessary stress on it. Put your gear stick into neutral and, if you’re stopped for a while, use your handbrake. Many modern cars now come with stop / start technology, which also means you can save on fuel costs by being in neutral.

Change Gears Decisively 

New drivers struggle with this, as they’re still getting used to the gear system. For regular drivers, however, it’s not problem. Make sure you change from gear to gear decisively. Changes should be seamless and smooth. Why, you ask? Because gear changes require pushing the clutch pedal down. Whilst this is probably only for a second or two, you’ll be making hundreds of gear changes on even the shortest of journeys; dithering means needless stress and straining.

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