For a manuel car. Mine has a stage 6 performance. and is very expensive. I am a new learner. Doin pretty good so far except stalling when i get going outta 1st. What are some things i need to avoid in order to keep clutch good?
As someone old enough to have learned to drive before automatic transmissions were ubiquitous I'll give a few pointers. It is easy to tell if you are in neutral. Try moving your shifter side to side. If it moves side to side you are in neutral; if it doesn't move than you are in gear. Don't rest your left foot on the clutch between shifts. Even if you don't think you are depressing it you actually are a little and the clutch slip will wear out your clutch quickly. Don't use your partially engaged clutch to hold your position when stopped on a hill. Actually, you should do this once or twice to get a feel for when your clutch grabs but after that don't because it also will quickly wear through your clutch's friction material. Instead learn to use your parking brake to keep your car from rolling back on uphill starts. While stopped engage the parking brake. When it is time to start take your right foot off the brake and press the accelerator then release the clutch and parking brake at the same time to prevent your car from rolling back. Definitely take your car out of gear at long stop lights. If you drive correctly your throwout bearing will wear out long before the friction material so saving wear and tear on the bearing is most important. When I plan on a quick start like when the I'm the first car in a left turn lane I sometimes do sit in gear with the clutch down though. My record so far is 174k miles on my car's original clutch when it was totaled by a hit-and-run driver. Most manual transmission cars do not have syncromesh for reverse. The reason for this is so it is hard to accidentally shift to reverse while traveling at speed. A side effect of this is sometimes you won't be able to engage reverse. If it won't go into gear try double shifting. Put your car back into neutral and let up the clutch before pressing it again and trying to select reverse. Always leave your car in 1st or reverse when parking so if your parking brake fails your car won't roll away.
Downshifting to first or neutral is a debate among manual drivers. Some people say it can damage the clutch spring when you keep in first gear at a stop. Others say you're causing more damage to the spring by shifting down to neutral then back to first.
In my opinion, you should do what feels right to you. Listen to the throttle and watch the RPMs. You can stay in any gear, but the trouble comes in doing a little damage to the engine. You'd also have to keep the clutch open to get to said gear. I wouldn't keep it in 5th though because that's too much stress, more like 2nd or 3rd.
You can put the car in neutral at a light and let go of the clutch. Or you can stay in 1st and push the clutch. If it's stalling in first then you can shift directly to 2nd from neutral and see if that changes. Some people on the BMW forums also say it may be caused by low RPM in the lower gears as it's a known issue in the older models.
Performance clutches have a higher spring pressure to allow better shifting and less clutch slippage. Generally this also means that pushing down on the clutch pedal will be harder too because of the pressure.
If you were thinking of replacing the clutch, you could try a smaller stage or even an OEM clutch. Performance clutches are great if you have other performance mods like Catback exhaust, headers, CAI/SRI, or if you feel like the clutch slips often.
^^^^ pretty much nailed it. The only reason for a higher performing cluctch would be, you have modified your vehicle to output more horsepower and need more pressure to transfer that power, ie. higher stage clutch. Your left calve muscle will get alot stronger pushing in that higher stage clutch too! :) Just depends on how much more power your adding to your car. Moderate modifications, a stage 2 would be plenty.
That's y if you hear a gear head complaining about a clutch pedal on the car he is test driving felling mushy he knows that while it would be fine for everyday grandma driving it would not be as much fun as the car he had with the stiff clutch pedal. (stiff means more high performance clutch, mushy means granny driving)
Ok i see. Nah i want my clutch. But i heard while stopping to never down shift. Just put in neutral and stop then put back in the appropriate gear when you go. But how do i know when to put it in neutral? When i start stopping. what if i just slow down? from 60mph to 45mph? I can stay in 5th gear right?
Man i am horrible at getting it goin in 1st gear. I just spent my hole lunch hour practicing... I got stuck at a stop sign lol. People waiting. After the 3rd try i finally got through. man i need more practice
Great thanks :) imma practice at lunch. Just putting it in 1st and going lol. Hopefully it doesnt take me long to grasp it