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Old 08-02-2005, 22:01   #1 (permalink)
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Under average driving conditions how many mils should a clutch last (std
transmission)
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Old 08-03-2005, 01:01   #2 (permalink)
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art wrote:

> Under average driving conditions how many mils should a clutch last (std
> transmission)


You would need to more carefully define "average driving conditions". Also
the driver is more of a factor than the conditions.

I have been driving for 43 years, at an average annual milage of around
15,000. The vehicles have been everything from old heaps to brand new. Some
of them I have kept for more than six years. I have *never* had to replace
the clutch in any of them.

OTOH, I know of drivers who regard the clutch as a wear item to be replaced
every couple of years. Just remember that it only wears at all when your
foot is on the pedal!

HTH

Chris

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Old 08-03-2005, 02:01   #3 (permalink)
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"Chris Whelan" <cawhelan@prejudicentlworld.com> wrote in message
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> art wrote:
>
>> Under average driving conditions how many mils should a clutch last (std
>> transmission)

>
> You would need to more carefully define "average driving conditions". Also
> the driver is more of a factor than the conditions.
>
> I have been driving for 43 years, at an average annual milage of around
> 15,000. The vehicles have been everything from old heaps to brand new.
> Some
> of them I have kept for more than six years. I have *never* had to replace
> the clutch in any of them.
>
> OTOH, I know of drivers who regard the clutch as a wear item to be
> replaced
> every couple of years. Just remember that it only wears at all when your
> foot is on the pedal!
>
> HTH
>
> Chris
>


I have also easily gotten more than 150'000km out of a clutch. Rev-matching
on downshifts and *never* riding the clutch pedal makes a big difference, as
does an efficient start in 1st gear (not too much slipping). My sister, on
the other hand, managed to toast one in less than 25'000km.


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Old 08-03-2005, 06:01   #4 (permalink)
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"art" <arturri@inreach.com> wrote in message
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> Under average driving conditions how many mils should a clutch last (std
> transmission)


I put 250,000 kilometres (150,000 miles) on a clutch on a Plymouth Horizon.
Car went to the crusher with its original clutch. It saw a mix of country
and city driving, including commute road-warrior duty.


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Old 08-09-2005, 09:01   #5 (permalink)
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On Tue, 02 Aug 2005 20:54:49 -0700, art <arturri@inreach.com> wrote:

>Under average driving conditions how many mils should a clutch last (std
> transmission)


I'm an "easy" driver: acceleration matching the prevailing traffic,
slow steady use of the breaks. On my 1997 focus 5spd, I had 145,000
miles on the original clutch & breaks when I sold it.

So far that has been the most trouble free car I ever owned.

Now driving an 05 focus 5sp zx4.
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