In Reply to: Speaking of clutches below,what sorts of things(m) posted by John L. on September 14, 2001 at 15:52:32:
who ride the clutch cause a lot of premature wear. Slipping the clutch to hold your position on a hill is bad mojo. Having to slip the clutch to start off on a hill regularly is bad. When a clutch is slipping, it generates a lot of heat. If enough heat is generated, it will scorch or "hot spot" the flywheel. This will cause the clutch to slip more which will cause more heat....etc. Slipping also causes the clutch plate to wear. The sooner it wears, the sooner you'll have to replace the clutch. BTW, the way a clutch works is similar to brakes. There's a disc, that's made of similar material to brake shoes/pads. The disc is clamped between the flywheel and the pressure plate, both made of steel. The springs in the pressure plate are also adversely affected by heat.
There you go....Clutches 101