How to keep your clutch healthy

17th March 2020

If you want to keep the amount you spend on repairs over your car’s lifetime to a minimum, one of the best ways to do it is by protecting the vehicle’s most important components – especially those that are expensive to fix when something goes wrong.

According to Haynes, the car manual publisher, clutch replacement can be one of the most costly jobs any motorist has to pay for, owing to the pricey parts and the work involved.

Prevention is better than cure, so the saying goes, so stick to the following habits to keep your clutch in the best possible condition:

Don’t ride the clutch

This is a common piece of advice, and one that’s particularly important to heed if you want to keep this vital part of your car in good condition.

‘Riding’ the clutch simply means leaving your foot on the pedal when it doesn’t need to be there. Once you’ve changed gear or pulled away from a stationary position and you don’t need to use the clutch anymore, take your foot off the pedal to reduce wear and tear.

Don’t use it to avoid rolling

A common habit many drivers get into is relying on the clutch to stop the car rolling backwards on hills. This puts a lot of strain on the clutch and ultimately reduces its lifespan, meaning you’ll probably have to pay for a replacement earlier than is necessary.

Instead of relying on the clutch, use the handbrake to keep your car stationary on the incline and only engage the clutch when you’re shifting into first gear and using the accelerator to pull away.

Keep revs to a minimum

When you’re moving away from a stationary position and moving up through the gears, resist the temptation to rev the engine any more than necessary. Careful and gentle driving is generally the best way to preserve the health of your clutch, as well as other vital engine and car parts.

It’s also advisable to get your car checked and serviced regularly, which you can do with maximum affordability and convenience with MyService.Expert from Fuel Card Services.