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to clutch or not to clutch?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Sandhopper, Jan 21, 2011.

  1. Jan 21, 2011 at 7:47 PM
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    Sandhopper

    Sandhopper [OP] Well-Known Member

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    I have had a few manual transmissions in my years of ownership and I was taught to clutch every shift but with modern transmissions, once rolling, it is much easier to shift with out the clutch. I imagine this saves the clutch plate but is there additional wear to the synchronizers? Semi drivers rarely use a clutch, so is it recommended to shift without the clutch in the taco?
     
  2. Jan 21, 2011 at 9:10 PM
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    DCtaco05

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    use the clutch thats what it is there for. its unless you are having clutch problems and you need to get to a shop or home. lol
     
  3. Jan 21, 2011 at 9:16 PM
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    I think that if you don't use the clutch to shift it kills your syncro gear. Something I read in car and driver
     
  4. Jan 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM
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    i use the clutch in my tacoma but i used to drive my work rig that way fuck double clutching 10 hours a day lol.
     
  5. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:12 PM
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    You mean slip shifting? Big rigs don't have syncros. You do. Double clutching or slip shifting a semi are almost the same thing for them. For you its putting stress on your syncros every time you aren't perfectly syncing the gears.

    Like guy above said. You can get tired double pumping a super duty clutch through 10 speeds all day.. but with a lo-performance clutch on hydraulics? Best way to save your clutch is to drive sanely. I've never replaced a clutch on a car that I bought with a good clutch. EVER.

    Unless you value your clutch more than a transmission rebuild, or are missing your left leg, you just ought use the clutch. You'll be replacing something in 50-120k miles anyway.. Might as well make it a 20 dollar clutch disk. You mess up a gear, sometimes they just aren't available to replace.

    EDIT: I just realized, this is probably a troll post.. Eh.. some kid will think about it someday and read this I suppose.
     
  6. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:14 PM
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    Use your clutch.
     
  7. Jan 21, 2011 at 10:37 PM
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    The only time I don't is when I'm coming to a full stop and I can feel that there is no more load holding the gears. Else I'm sure it's no good for your synrcos,
     
  8. Jan 21, 2011 at 11:14 PM
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    im with everyone else use the clutch, im sure you will get more life out of your clutch and trans
     
  9. Jan 21, 2011 at 11:21 PM
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    Tractor/trailer drivers don't use clutch ?? They use it twice when double clutching, no synchros in those 18 - 23 speed Allisons, IH, etc;
     
  10. Jan 22, 2011 at 1:31 AM
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    They should use them. When I learned the 18 speed, the instructors taught us that yes, you can shift without using the clutch if you're really good, but even then, everyone has bad days and screws up and clutches are a helluva lot cheaper than transmissions. Screw up a little and you take that transmission that should last 300,000 miles and you take it down to less than half that
     
  11. Jan 22, 2011 at 5:21 AM
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    Thanks for all the responses and it sounds unanimous. Sounds like slip shifting should be reserved for when the clutch is not functional.
     
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