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Old 02-03-2010, 01:51 PM   #1
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A habit I have...

Hey guys/gals
I was just wondering if any of yall have the habit of keeping your foot on the clutch? Like not pushing the clutch in but having it on top of the pedal ready to shift even though you don't need to... (If that makes sense)

Another thing I do is keep my hand on the shift knob at all times.. I don't know what it is but I do it in EVERY car I get into, even if my girlfriend wants to hold my hand... I pull away quickly and shift and keep it on lol..

Another..(lol) is when I hop into an automatic transmission car I always put my left foot and "stump" it like there is a clutch and I say out loud "Oh wait what am I doing?" And my friends laugh at me when I do it too.. I just say it's a jeep thing.

I just thought I would share with yall some habits I have with my jeep..
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:00 PM   #2
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yessir, i do all three. hand always on knob, foot always touching clutch, and left hand never on steering wheels... knees ftw!... and completely agree on getting in someone elses car, its just so weird..

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[QUOTE=Bignuke;537697]Hey guys/gals
I was just wondering if any of yall have the habit of keeping your foot on the clutch? Like not pushing the clutch in but having it on top of the pedal ready to shift even though you don't need to... (If that makes sense)

^^ Yup, do the same thing.
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It may not be the safest thing, but If I'm in an automatic in the summer time, I have the habbit of driving with my left foot on the seat (basically my knee is right beside the window) I find it extreamly comfy.
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I can't fit my leg up there lol... I don't think I would either way lol
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:13 PM   #6
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i do all three of them.
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Keeping your foot on the clutch pedal between shifts can help accelerate wear on the throwout bearing. 45+ years of driving sticks & I always put my foot back onto the floor once I shift into the final gear.
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:26 PM   #8
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^^ Good to know, gonna break my habit starting tonite on my way home from work
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Old 02-03-2010, 02:34 PM   #9
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While the second two aren't a big deal, and in fact you're just letting your girlfriend know who you love more it's not good to keep your foot on the clutch after you're done shifting. Causes wear very fast.

I have the terrible habit of when I drive an automatic, looking for the clutch. It's been so bad that one time I took the Commander out for a drive with my mom and as we got to the end of the driveway I screamed thinking I'm missing a pedal. It was... yea real embarrassing.

I have the bad habit of pulling my left foot into the seat, not on it, lord knows I can't fit it there. Or when the doors are off, I have a habit of putting my foot on the side step. Also one time in my Cougar, I got pulled over on Ft. Dix for having my foot out the window Got off with a warning and a but that solved that habit pretty quickly.

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correction.... i dont keep the clutch depressed at all, just my foot rests touching the pedal so im always ready for action
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I dunno but holding my left leg in the air at all times so I can shift faster doesn't seem like the way I'd ever want to drive. With a few emergency stops/situations encountered over the years, I've yet to run into a situation that demanded faster-than-light clutch work.
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Old 02-03-2010, 03:12 PM   #12
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I dunno but holding my left leg in the air at all times so I can shift faster doesn't seem like the way I'd ever want to drive. With a few emergency stops/situations encountered over the years, I've yet to run into a situation that demanded faster-than-light clutch work.
haha i agree, just a habit.... think ill try foot on the floor on my way home from this amazingly fun (not) marketing class
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Was taught not to keep my foot on the clutch when I was a youngun, and it stuck with me. I always put my foot back on the floor. You may not think you are putting any pressure on the clutch, but even a little is enough.
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Keeping your foot on the clutch pedal between shifts can help accelerate wear on the throwout bearing. 45+ years of driving sticks & I always put my foot back onto the floor once I shift into the final gear.
+1. The first thing my dad told me when learning to drive a manual. He would literally yell at me in between shifts to "get my damn foot off that pedal". 20 yrs later and as soon as i shift, my left foot is back on the floor...no matter which gear.
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I keep my right hand on the wifey's knee at all times. Just in case we have to make an emergency stop!
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My foot is off the clutch unless I'm actively shifting. I do rest my hand on the shifter knob a lot but I'm trying to break myself of that habit. I do "stomp" the non-existent clutch in my truck on occasion.
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I do "stomp" the non-existent clutch in my truck on occasion.
Hahaha. I've done this before, but unfortunately for me, the automatic I was driving had a wide brake pedal and I ended up testing my seat belt. Since then I try to remember to keep my clutch foot firmly planted when driving an automatic.

Also, it's easy to see just how light pressure on the clutch pedal is necessary to change things with the clutch. My throwout bearing is going out, so even the slightest pressure changes the noise. Just another thing to add to the to-do list.
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Old 02-03-2010, 06:27 PM   #18
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My father taught me to drive a stick 40 years ago and back then he would go crazy if I kept my foot on the clutch because he knew that habit would distroy the throwout bearing. Just keeping your foot lightly on the clutch is death for the throwout bearing. Keeping your hand on the shifter is no problem but I would rather hold my girlfriend's hand or knee than the shifter.
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I thought this thread was going to have something to do with Cheetos. Oh well.
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I only hover on the clutch if there's impending need to shift quickly, and that's not that often. I don't keep my hand on the shifter all the time either, tho sometimes I'll have my hand on the shifter just because it's there. I've never had a problem going from stick to auto or vise versa.
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My father taught me to drive a stick 40 years ago and back then he would go crazy if I kept my foot on the clutch because he knew that habit would distroy the throwout bearing. Just keeping your foot lightly on the clutch is death for the throwout bearing. Keeping your hand on the shifter is no problem but I would rather hold my girlfriend's hand or knee than the shifter.
same here,was taught to keep my foot off unless shifting,must have something to do with the age group,I got my license 35 years ago.LOL!
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Keeping your foot on the clutch pedal between shifts can help accelerate wear on the throwout bearing. 45+ years of driving sticks & I always put my foot back onto the floor once I shift into the final gear.
My Dad taught me how to drive a stick. Only took about 3 smacks to the side of my head to get the don't ride the gd clutch message
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Nope. Only habit I guess I'd have is putting my elbow on the door ledge. Doesn't matter if it's cold, raining, or whatnot. My arm is on the top of the door.

As for the "where the heck is the clutch" I can see that happening. But Out of my 6 vehicles. Only 1 is an automatic, and that's the wifes WJ. I don't drive it much.
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Besides the "foot off the clutch" drilled into me by my dad 40 years ago, there was also the "keep your foot off the brake" when driving an automatic. Both lessons have passed on to my kids. Thanks, Dad.
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Besides the "foot off the clutch" drilled into me by my dad 40 years ago, there was also the "keep your foot off the brake" when driving an automatic. Both lessons have passed on to my kids. Thanks, Dad.
I'd never ride the brakes but I keep my foot on the clutch pedal and hand on the grenade shifter (in case I have to pull the pin). I was never taught how to drive a clutch until I bought my Jeep as a project at age 20. Probably tear some stuff up but at least I'm getting a warning only 4 years into the bad habit!
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i do all three of them.
i just hover over the clutch until i get into the highest gear i plan on going to then its on the floor
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same here,was taught to keep my foot off unless shifting,must have something to do with the age group,I got my license 35 years ago.LOL!
When I was a teenager we only had one car and it was a stick. Back then everyone knew how to drive stick and do it right. I tought my two sons how to drive a stick and both of then have cars with a stick.

My only stick now is the wrangler which I only drive on weekends if we are at the beach house. I do find myself jaming on the brake sometimes when I go back to driving a automatic after a long weekend of driving the wrangler.
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I do not have these bad habits but I do know from all my years in the maintenance business is that if you have the habit of holiding on to the shifter (manual transmissions only) and put slight pressure on it you aill wear out the nylon bushings on the shift forks.

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