> Should I hold my clutch at stop signs or when I'm coasting?

Should I hold my clutch at stop signs or when I'm coasting?

Posted at: 2015-04-14 
My friend said I'm not supposed to hold my clutch in while at stops signs or when I'm coasting, is he right?

Actually, it is the throwout bearing and the pilot bearing that take the wear of holding the clutch in. They are designed to work for a few dozen hours but normally hold up okay for a couple hundred hours of use. Holding he clutch down can increase the use on those bearings by ten times or more. Lots of people get lucky; some don't.

The only time I press the clutch is when I'm shifting gears or when stopped for short durations while the transmission is in gear. As I slow down, I don't press the clutch because I can use the engine compression to aid in slowing down. As I slow down, I downshift and release the clutch and repeat as necessary. Saves wear and tear on the thrust/throwout bearing (clutch part) and brakes.

Holding the clutch in for an excessive time can cause wear on your thrust washer. However it's a judgement call. For short halts, put the clutch in and apply the footbrake. If you're likely to be stopped for longer, shift into neutral and lift the clutch and apply the handbrake. Coasting is a bit trickier - coasting with the clutch in means you can quickly regain power if something unexpected happens. Coasting in neutral means you have to depress the clutch, shift into an appropriate gear and raise the clutch to regain engine control which could be hazardous in an emergency - only coast in neutral where you know the road well and can anticipate hazards well in advance.

Riding the clutch beyond minimal use for gear changing will deteriorate the thrust washer leading to the need for expensive clutch renewal. It is avoided by wiser owner-drivers.

Coasting is only acceptable in gear , all off i.e. with no pedal depressed ,with braking anticipated when necessary.

At stops, yes. Shouldn't coast.

Stop signs. Yes. Coasting? Depends on how much experience you have driving a car with standard transmission. Never know when you might need to take immediate action to avoid something or someone. How fast you can let the clutch out and either up or down shift to do that could be a split second or two. And it could be what makes the difference in the outcome.

keep clutch pressed if for short time..release clutch,put in neutral if for longer time.

Pressing clutch for longer time can cause wear and tear of clutch plate and you loose pickup

YOu are SUPPOSED to disengage the clutcha t stop signs and yuou can DOWNSHIFT for coasting.