Most Common Causes of Excessive Clutch Wear
12 Jun 2017
When Ford first announced the right-hand-drive Mustang, there was quite a bit of buzz among Ford dealers in the UK. We knew this car would be a hit on our shores. Guess what? We were right. We also correctly anticipated that most of our customers would prefer manual transmissions over automatic. We have been thinking a lot about manual transmissions since then, including the causes of excessive clutch wear.
It doesn't matter whether you drive a Ford Mustang or any other car with a manual transmission, having a properly working clutch is critical to safe and efficient operation. If your clutch is not working properly, you could be facing a dangerous situation every time you drive. You could also be wasting fuel as well.
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So, what exactly causes excessive clutch wear? Below are the most common causes:
Riding the Clutch
A lot of first-timers – and some veterans too – are guilty of 'riding' the clutch. Riding the clutch is resting your left foot on the clutch pedal rather than taking it off after you are done shifting gears. It only takes a little bit of pressure to cause the clutch plate to make contact. Friction from that contact will wear out the clutch more quickly. If you own a car with a manual transmission, make a point of fully removing your foot from the clutch pedal between shifting gears as well as at cruising speeds.
Taking longer than necessary to shift between the gears also means leaving your foot on the clutch pedal longer than you should have to. Drivers should get in the habit of shifting as quickly as possible to minimise clutch pressure. It goes without saying that fast shifting is something that takes practice, but also something well worth learning.
Shifting Too Often
Common sense dictates that the more often a driver uses the clutch, the more quickly it will wear out. Unfortunately, drivers tend to accelerate too quickly from a dead stops and brake to quickly when approaching junctions and other barriers. A driver with this mindset tends to drive that way all the time, creating a situation in which shifting occurs too often. It is better to develop driving habits that will help maintain a consistent speed more often, thereby eliminating the need to change gears as much.
Leaving the Car in Gear
There are two circumstances under which a manual transmission should be disengaged: when parked and when idling. When you park your Ford Mustang, put the car in neutral and apply the parking brake. Try not to park your car while still in gear (an exception maybe when parked on a steep incline). When you are idling, say at a junction, you should also take the car out of gear and take your foot off the clutch pedal. Leave the car in neutral until you're ready to pull away again.
Excessive clutch wear is something we see a lot. The good news is that it is completely avoidable. Learning to take care of your clutch means saving money by replacing it less often. For more about Ford Direct visit https://JenningsFordDirect for further information.
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