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Easy Steps to Make Your Clutch Last Longer
problem was almost imperceptible at first: As you were going up a
slight hill at highway speeds, you noticed that the engine was
revving higher even though your car wasn't going any faster. Backing
off the gas, or dropping into a lower gear corrected the problem
most of the time.
was a month ago. Now you go out of your way to find roads that have
no hills, because even a slight incline causes the engine to rev
wildly while the car slows down.
there's the smell of burnt buttered popcorn in the air as you
downshift in a feeble attempt (the semi driver on your bumper is
blasting his air horn) to reduce the engine load and get the car
going again. Your biggest fear is that you'll end up backing down
problem isn't in the engine or transaxle. All that slipping is
caused by a worn-out or misadjusted clutch.
Before you find yourself in that situation,
here are seven simple
steps that will help your clutch last a good long time.
Make sure your clutch is adjusted properly. Never drive a car
with a misadjusted clutch.
Always press the clutch all the way to the floor to release
it. Never hold the clutch halfway to the floor, and never drag the
clutch while standing at a stoplight.
When starting out, always release the clutch smoothly while
applying just enough gas to get moving. Never "pop" the
clutch or allow the clutch to drag for longer than necessary.
Always release the throttle when shifting between gears.
Never hold the throttle down during a shift.
Always remove your foot completely from the clutch while
driving. Never rest your foot on the clutch pedal.
Always use your brakes to stop the car. Don't downshift to
slow it down, unless emergency conditions require it.
Don't shift more often than necessary. Feel free to skip a
gear (shift from first to third or second to fourth) if you can do
so without putting a lot of strain on the engine or drivetrain.
isn’t going up hill by yourself better than having that semi
behind you give you a push?
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farther than the inner wheels, and this is an important function of
with Transmission Problems -learn about some common
transmission problems for manual and automatic transmissions.
the Suspension and Steering -relatively dependable and
trouble-free; however, there are a few things you should do to keep
both in good working order.
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-some must-know questions
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