How to Extend the Life of Your Clutch
Every clutch has a “feel” that you will start to understand pretty quickly. But if you’re new to the arena, it can be tough knowing what is right. Use these tips to get started and maximize the life of your clutch.
Pro Tip #1 – Remove your foot from the clutch pedal.
Always fully remove your foot from the clutch pedal after shifting. If you don’t, the clutch might not fully release and that can quickly ruin it – as well as other parts of your transmission. Same goes for stopping at a light. Pop it in neutral and release the clutch each time.
Pro Tip #2 – Push the clutch pedal all the way down.
On the other hand, make sure you’re pushing the clutch pedal all the way down before switching gears. It’s easy to get into the habit of switching gears before the pedal is all the way down, so observe yourself next time you go to shift.
Pro Tip #3 – Check out your pedal pressure.
It’s okay if the clutch is a little loose, and the pedal moves a little with really light pressure. Once you feel that heavier pressure, it means the clutch is ready to give the engine power to the wheels.
Pro Tip #4 – Uses your brakes to slow down.
Learn to use your brakes, instead of the clutch, to slow down. When the weather is fine outside (no ice or rain), just use the brakes instead of shifting into a lower gear.
Pro Tip #5 – Keep an eye on your feet.
Right foot down, left foot up. Left foot down, right foot up. Basically put, never hit the accelerator when you’re shifting, and when you are accelerating, don’t rest your left foot on the clutch.
You’ll get the hang of things, and pretty soon you won’t even be rolling backwards on hills. You’ll also gain a good understanding of what your clutch feels like – and when something is wrong. That’s when it will be time to bring it in for service at your local Kennedy Transmission shop, where we offer complete clutch care on any truck or car.