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864X4
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Clutch in or out at stoplights?
#1055157 - 09/20/05 10:38 PM

Just wanted to know what you guys do while seating at stoplights. Do you sit at a stoplight with the car in gear and the clutch pressed in or do have car out of gear and the clutch pedel up? Which is better? Any opinions?

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GetBooby151©
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055160 (Re: 864X4) 09/20/05 10:40 PM

i just sit with the clutch in, and in gear so i'm ready to go when the light turns green...

there really is no "better" method, it's more of personal preference. i'll sometimes do it the other way too, if i know the light is a longer one.

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Beowulf
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055167 (Re: 864X4) 09/20/05 10:51 PM

I spin the wheels until the light turns green.

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Rishodi
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055187 (Re: 864X4) 09/20/05 11:16 PM

When I learned to drive, I was taught to keep the clutch pressed in when stopped. However, now I sometimes just take the car out of gear instead, so when I drive I use a combination of the two.

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rearden
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055217 (Re: 864X4) 09/20/05 11:44 PM

I've heard that keeping the clutch in can be hard on the throwout bearing. However when I'm at a stoplight I usually keep it in until there are a few card behind me.. I've been rear-ended 4 times before, so I'll trade off some possible wear on the TOB to be able to quickly get out of the way!

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owen_SVT
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055244 (Re: rearden) 09/21/05 12:21 AM

about 95% of the time im out of gear with the clutch out...

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JeSiZZle
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055263 (Re: owen_SVT) 09/21/05 12:57 AM

im out of gear to keep the leg rested for those times you never know when some fag ricer will want to get blown away...

its your pref

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Guitarman19853
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055282 (Re: JeSiZZle) 09/21/05 01:14 AM

hasn't there been 1,000,001 posts about this already?

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Rouar
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055298 (Re: owen_SVT) 09/21/05 01:31 AM

Originally posted by owen_SVT:
about 95% of the time im out of gear with the clutch out...



Same - because usually I coast in neutral to stop. Techically illegal, I believe (coasting in neutral), but old habits die hard.

In a standard vehicle, of course. The Contour's ATX is no fun.

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SVT3Rivieres
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Re: Clutch in or out at stoplights? new
#1055304 (Re: Rouar) 09/21/05 01:42 AM

when im at the stoplight i pick my nose

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