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Old 10-13-2006, 03:33 PM   #1
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How far do you push down??

What I was wondering and debating about with my friend was how far you should push the clutch down in between shifts?? I always even when getting on it try and push the clutch down all the way. The only thing I noticed though is it's a little jerky or seems like the clutch is grabbing really hard. My buddy says he pushes his down 1/2 way or 3/4 of the way down and shifts, I figured that would be bad for your throw out bearing or something. So I tried it his way and pushed down 3/4 of the way and it seems smoother. I don't know if it's my way or what that causes the jerking but I notice that from time where in between shifts just regular driving it really grabs hard, do you guys get that??


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Old 10-13-2006, 04:10 PM   #2
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hmmm, I always shove my clutch all the way to the floor...it's not that tall a clutch afterall. I would be WAAYYY to nervous to try a .5 clutch for fear of shredding something bad...
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Old 10-13-2006, 04:12 PM   #3
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Technically, you only need to push the pedal down until the clutch disengages, then shift and release.

The trick with this is you have to be sure to push far enough or you risk grinding/damage.

I always push all the way down, because that is what I am used to. Not the fastest but works for me.

The jerkiness can be solved by rev matching upon engagement.
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I always drive by feel.... I don't think.. ok the clutch is down... let me shift.... etc...

It all just kind of happens....The car will let you know what it likes....
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:32 PM   #5
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I usually push the clutch to the floor in my SVT, the travel is rather short anyway. The zx3 has a tractor-like clutch and I could push it half way down and still be sure that there would be no grinding.
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Old 10-13-2006, 05:38 PM   #6
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Yeah I was just wondering about that because I was a little weary about that as well. But yeah like I said I usually shift between 3 and 4 grand all the time and just sometimes my clutch grabs so hard and it is not smooth at all. Other times it's silky smooth, it's the pickiest car I have ever driven in my life.
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Your friend is right you dont have to push the clutch pedal all the way down. The way i was shown way back when was when you are getting ready to shift start pushing the pedal down and start applying a SLIGHT pressure on the shifter towards the next gear. when the clutch pedal is down far enough it will slide smoothly out of that gear, now this is when you will need to push the pedal a hair more further and it should go right into the next gear and wallah smooth shifting. Another benefit to this is quicker and smoother shifts and prob. a better 1/4 mile time since as soon as you start releasing the clutch pedal you are that much closer to being engaged. Hope this works for you.
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Old 10-14-2006, 12:26 AM   #8
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i do both acutally. depends how i feel, when i push the pedal in only half way its me being lazy :o) oh actually i can push the clutch in about maybe 3 inches and i can shift pretty smoothly.
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Old 10-14-2006, 02:09 PM   #9
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ive grinded mine too many times being lazy, and not pressing it all the way
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Old 10-15-2006, 06:10 PM   #10
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I have grinded my car too much too.. Over the summer iv'e been in Europe, and we rented a 60 Hp Toyota Aygo.. I treated the thing leik shit since it wasnt my car.. but it shifted very nice being that its a 7000 US dollar car.. it needed only a 1/3 of the way down on the clutch and it shifted pritty decently.. it made me get lazy and now i have trouble with my SVT..

The thing i leik about the svt is that I can pop the gear out without the clutch (the toyota didn't let me)

I wanted to kno if that is safe for the car^^
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