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Very good post about using your clutch properly

Most of us obviously know the proper use of the clutch, but I noticed after reading this that I do abuse my clutch somewhat with laziness or poor driving habits. One such example is that I tend to downshift a lot, but fail to rev match the engine speed of the lower gear.

Its a very good read....

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Most of us obviously know the proper use of the clutch, but I noticed after reading this that I do abuse my clutch somewhat with laziness or poor driving habits. One such example is that I tend to downshift a lot, but fail to rev match the engine speed of the lower gear.

Its a very good read....

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EXCELLENT! Thanks for the post.
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The downshifting with the rev-matching is called "Double Clutching"
Definitely a must for anything with a manual transmission!
GREAT POST...Thanks!
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So wait a minute...This may be a dumb question but I'm wondering..The skip-shift programmed in our cars from 1st to 4th..Does that add "Extra" Weight and pressure to our clutch system??
Any help would be appreciated! Thanks
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Actually, double clutching is just that, the clutch has to be engaged and disengaged twice with every gear shift. This was required on older vehicles and even some newer trucks before synchronized manuals were standard. An older Army truck I drove required this, and it was a PITA. Just try doing it for the hell of it. Shift into gear, then disengage clutch and out of gear, then engage clutch while in neutral, then disengage clutch and put in gear, then engage clutch. Yeah - fun.

For new cars, you donít have to match the RPM unless youíre really up there. Even then, you should let the engine RPM drop before taking it out of gear for a downshift. I donít care what that post says, but normal driving should not reach an RPM level that would be any problem for a downshift. If you hit your head on the steering wheel when you downshift, yeah, youíre doing it wrong.
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oops... my poor clutch! Great thread.....
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