Why You Should Never Ride the Clutch

March 22nd, 2016

An estimated 4% of cars on US roads are stick shift. If you happen to be among the minority, then you might want to carefully examine the way you operate the vehicle. Most importantly, are you riding the clutch when you’re behind the wheel? Many manual car drivers ride the clutch without even realizing they’re doing it. If you happen to do this, then you’re causing premature wear to the clutch.

What Does It Mean to Ride the Clutch?

Riding the clutch basically means having your foot partially pressing down on the clutch while the car is in gear and moving with your other foot pressing down on the gas pedal. Why is this bad? It places undue stress on the clutch disc, which transmits power from the engine to the transmission.

When you ride the clutch, excessive friction is placed on the gears. Over time, the friction can cause wear and tear and eventually cause the gears to slip out of place. It may also cause the clutch cable to warp or even break.

Get in the habit of keeping your foot completely off the clutch when the car is in motion. Of course, there are times when you may need to ride the clutch a bit, such as when you’re shifting or slowing down for a turn. Beyond that, though, your left foot has no business pressing the clutch even a little bit when the other foot is hitting the gas pedal.

Cost of a Clutch Repair

Most automotive repair services provide clutch repairs and replacement. The cost varies depending on the car model and generally ranges between $500 and $2,500. Typically, a manual car will need to have its clutch replaced at least once during the vehicle’s lifetime.

Clutch Problems? Leave It to Us

If the gear is constantly slipping, then there’s definitely a problem with the clutch. Let Ace Auto Repair & Tire in Seattle take a look at it. Our financing options can help make payments manageable. You may also qualify for one of our special offers to further cut down on the cost. The whole ordeal, though, can be avoided by simply not riding the clutch.

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