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Old 09-20-2012, 05:20 PM   #1
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Ok... So my last jeep was a standard and I loved it for the most part. Only thing I ever did in that jeep where I felt like I wanted an auto was some trail driving me and a buddy did down in a the river. It was slow going bc of all the large rocks hidden under the water. It was really hard on my jeep bc I was in first gear with the clutch in and out and I felt like I was burning my clutch up with the way I was having to keep it pushed in half way most of the time. So what are y'all's opinions on auto vs standard

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:21 PM   #2
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And if you have a standard how do you keep from burning the clutch up in a situation like that? Maybe I'm missing something?

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Old 09-20-2012, 05:32 PM   #3
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And if you have a standard how do you keep from burning the clutch up in a situation like that? Maybe I'm missing something?
4-low helps me save my clutch in situations like that.
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Old 09-20-2012, 05:53 PM   #4
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My son in law just got his first jeep, and he commented on one of my utube vids where I was backing down a switchback, that it must have taken a lot of clutch action... What clutch? You pick the proper gear, in this case reverse, in low range, and stay off the clutch... Of course there may be some shifting involved as the terrain changes, but to use the clutch as a method to ease over rocks, or down into gullies? If one continues in the method posted by the OP the clutch will be fried in no time. One tried and true method to slow down, if 1st gear low range isn't slow enough, is compression braking. That is, just pretend it's an automatic and use the brakes right down to the stall point, with practice this is the most effective way to control your crawl rate without using/abusing your clutch. There are many pro/con reasons to have an auto or manual trans. I prefer manual, some prefer auto..
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Old 09-20-2012, 06:22 PM   #5
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Put it in the granny gears and stay off the clutch. Broke the seal in my slave cylinder first time I went wheeling
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:08 PM   #6
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4 low. Don't touch the clutch unless you're coming to a dead stop. It's really that simple. You should never, ever have to stress out the clutch when wheeling. Proper gears and practice is what it takes to perfect it.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #7
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4-low helps me save my clutch in situations like that.
x2 on this. 4L allows you to go at a crawl and not stall out.
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Old 09-20-2012, 07:53 PM   #8
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4 low. Don't touch the clutch unless you're coming to a dead stop. It's really that simple. You should never, ever have to stress out the clutch when wheeling. Proper gears and practice is what it takes to perfect it.
+1. If I need to slip the clutch, its time to shift to 4L. I might get an auto next time, only so the wife can drive it easier. I've tried to teach her stick, but
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Old 09-20-2012, 08:54 PM   #9
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See... I knew there was something I could be doing to help me not use the clutch so much! I think I'm gonna go with another standard bc I really enjoy slinging mud in a stick!! Thanks y'all
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Old 09-20-2012, 09:58 PM   #10
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I also stay in 4lo,although a lot of the time Im in 2nd gear.i barely use the clutch.First time I went wheeling with a friend who has a auto he asked me how my leg was feeling,since I have a manual.I told him it feels just like yours,fine.No need to really use the clutch.

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