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Old 03-06-2010, 03:53 PM   #1
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Just bought a JK, need advice!

Hi All
New here, and just bought my first jeep!!!! It's a 6 speed and well this is my first manual tranny. I have a few questions for you if you don't mind:
1) If you give the jeep to much gas when starting in first will that damage the clutch?
2) Shifting seems kinda hard sometimes when it's cold. Is this normal?
3) Once warmed up the jeep seems to only have about 2" worth or less, of a clutch pedal. Is that normal or did I do something to mess it up already?

I love the jeep and it's fun to drive! Just want these few questions answered so I don't do something stupid and damage it!!! Any advice would be great to!

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You can do a lot of damage to your clutch if you give it too much gas when you are releasing the clutch. It will cause your clutch to begin to slip over time from the gears not being able to safely engage.

When it is colder out, you will notice that your clutch does feel a bit stiffer, but as you drive the Jeep more, you will feel it loosen up a bit; basically because the engine is warming up, despite the outside temp.

What year is the Jeep?

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Old 03-06-2010, 04:06 PM   #3
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it's a 2010
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Let me make sure I understand, Where are you feeling the clutch engaging? 2 inches from the floor or from the resting position?
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Let me make sure I understand, Where are you feeling the clutch engaging? 2 inches from the floor or from the resting position?
From the resting position...sorry!
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You're going to have a little play at the top of the clutch pedal. It doesn't sound like there's been any damage done to it yet. Just be sure not to casually rest your foot on the clutch when you drive. Even holding the clutch in by a cm when it's not needed, will damage the clutch.
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Old 03-06-2010, 04:38 PM   #7
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ok thanx! I don't rest my foot on the clutch at all.....been told not to by others. It's just hard to figure out everything at first....and plus you hear so many different ways of how people drive a standard, that you easily get your head spinning.
Do you have any tips or advice? Maybe things I shouldn't do or should do?
TIA!
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Old 03-06-2010, 05:27 PM   #8
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When I first learned to drive a clutch;

1) find a big parking lot.
2) don't play with the gas at all, just practice with the clutch only. You need to know where the clutch begins to catch. Once you feel yourself moving, do it again.
This will teach you what to feel for when you are using your clutch, and know when to apply your gas pedal, as to not over-rev the engine as you were describing.
3) practice practice practice, and eventually you won't want to drive anything else except for a manual transmission.

After my first manual transmission, it's just not as much fun to drive in anything else.

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