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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2017, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Basic question - clutch in or clutch out

Assuming you come to a stop at a red light (or similar) is it preferable for the clutch durability to keep the car in gear or let the clutch out in neutral? Never read any technical wisdom on this subject.
What do the gurus say?
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-10-2017, 06:07 PM
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Clutch out, transmission in neutral. Unless I am in a position where I might need to move quickly (say to avoid being rear ended for example).
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I cringe when I let someone drive one of my Alfas and they sit at the light with the car in gear and the clutch down. I would have failed my driving licence test in England if I had done that.

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I cringe when I let someone drive one of my Alfas and .....
You let other people drive your Alfas? You're a more patient man than I (which isn't saying a lot).
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At the least, idling with the clutch in loads the crankshaft axial bushing, causing extra wear. Cheap part that requires nearly total teardown to replace.

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Out of gear, in neutral. Keeping the clutch in, wears the clutch release bearing and the crank thrust washers,
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