The Clutch Issue...
September 20, 2012 3:43am CST
I'm learning to drive. I'm getting a hang of everything. But not totally able to understand the situations, when the clutch is applied. Please help me. Here's what I understand, correct me if I'm wrong:- 1. Clutch is applied to shift gears and bringing the car to neutral. 2. Once it is on gear. If I slowly release the clutch, the car moves forward, even without acceleration. So when the car is moving without acceleration do I need to apply brakes to stop it, or will it stop if I apply the clutch again? 3. To gain speed, we need to release the clutch and step on the accelerator. Do I release the clutch entirely, or a little less than full release? 4. Suppose the clutch is released fully. I apply the accelerator. What will happen if I apply the clutch now, without releasing the accelerator? Will it slow the car? 5. Clutch + Brake = Car stopped, without stopping the engine. 6. What happens if I apply the brake without applying the clutch? Will the engine stop too? Please correct my above sentences, if I'm wrong. I know there are many more details and purposes of the clutch, which I'm missing. Please include those too, if you have time. Thanks in advance!
• Omagh, Northern Ireland
5 Oct 12
Learning clutch control is one of the most important things when starting out driving a Manual transmission car. Simply put,as in an automatic car,you use the accelerator to make the car go faster,and the brakes to stop it. Good drivers can anticipate the road ahead and back off on the accelerator coming up to an obstruction in the road ahead so that they don't need to stand on the brakes when the time comes.. Using the clutch disengages the engine,so the car will slow down if it's already moving,though not as quickly as by using the brakes. Technically,the car is freewheeling when you're using the clutch,and Legally,freewheeling on the road is a no-no..as is having your hand(s) off the wheel while driving..so You should be learning to make smooth gear changes and getting your hands back in control on the wheel ASAP. Always fully release the clutch after completing a change. (Unless you're moving the car VERY slowly in first Gear..you control the "biting point" of the clutch so the car is hardly moving..)Your left foot is used for Clutch and Brake pedals.you shouldn't have your foot riding on either pedal when not using either.most cars have a foot rest beside the left foot-you should use it. You could damage your gearbox and the engine if you stopped the car without using the clutch.It is recommended that you don't use the clutch pedal in an emergency situation until you are nearly stopped,as the engine also has a braking effect as it slows..you can sense a vibration or shudder when you should absolutely be using the clutch.. Take Lessons,and ask many questions of your instructor who can demonstrate better than Me telling it here!
• United States
20 Sep 12
I am not yet driving for years, but I do drive for a couple of months now and I already have my driver's license. I learned how to drive on a stick but my car is an automatic one lol. I do drive my dad's car though once in a while which is a manual. So I will try to answer your questions based on my experience: 1. Yes, before you can shift gears you have to apply clutch first 2. You have to break, especially if the road is tilted and the car lurches forward or backward on gravity 3. Slowly release the clutch, you will experience a sudden jolt or drag on the engine if you release it fully at once. Release slowly then apply gas. I only half clutch and apply gas on the first gear. From the second gear onwards, I release the clutch in full. 4. The car won't speed up 5. Yes, or go to neutral and apply brake. That won't stop the engine either. 6. Yes, most likely. It happened to me. Hope this helps. But to other mylotters there who think I'm wrong, please do correct me. My answers above are just based on my own experiences as a driver.