Chad Jester wrote:
>I think one major key to long clutch life is keeping
>your foot off the clutch (i.e. don't sit at red lights
>with your clutch depressed.....put the car in neutral
>and let up on the clutch). Also, start the car in
>neutral with foot OFF the clutch. That goes more
>toward preserving your thrust bearing though.
This summer, on the way to my brother's house with 8 year old Ben in the
TR4 passenger seat, I made a quick but not sudden stop on a yellow light
on a divided two-lane-each-way suburban main street. I'd checked that
the 'classic' Bronco in our lane was way behind us before I braked, but
he must have been enjoying the mountain view -- just after I stopped I
heard his tires lock up. I let out the clutch and got on the gas and we
crawled across the right turn lane (I'd been in 2nd) then onto the side
street, looking back to see the Bronco stopped in the space we'd
occupied a moment before.
Personally, I'm okay with replacing the clutch more frequently. Keep it
in gear at least till other traffic is stopped. And I'm a big fan of
torquey low-rev engines on the street.
Littleton, CO USA
'62 TR4 x 2