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Is it bad to rest your foot on the clutch pedal while in gear?

Every now and then I find myself resting my foot on the clutch pedal while driving in traffic. I only do this when I know that I'm going to have to shift often. It seems like there is a little bit of play when the pedal isn't engaged so I doubt it hurts anything but I was just curious if this could potentially cause a problem. Thoughts???


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Don't sweat it. You're probably not putting enough pressure on it to hurt anything and even if you did put enough pressure the throwout bearing would just spin on the pressure plate fingers. I guess after a really long tome it could affect the bearing but I doubt it


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Not a good idea. Even if you aren't putting enough pressure on it to disengage the clutch you could still put added pressure on the throwout bearing and cause premature wear. You wouldn't drive around with your foot lightly resting on the brake pedal and the same should be done with the clutch pedal.
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I think back to when I was learning to drive 27 years ago on our Dodge Omni and my dad would yell at me, "Get your foot off the clutch!" every time I rested my foot there. "Unless you're shifting, your foot doesn't belong on the clutch pedal while moving" I was told over and over. Resting your hand on the shifter while driving was another big no-no.

Not sure if it really matters to the life of the clutch or not but to this day I've never needed to replace a clutch on any of my vehicles....including that Omni that had almost 150k on it when we sold it.

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Not a good idea to keep your foot on the clutch. It may not be a problem every time but it could be sometime. Why take a chance.

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Wears out the throw out bearing, disc and pressure plate prematurely. Believe it or not, you might think you do not have a lot of pressure on it but if it moves a little it is putting pressure on it.
BTW, during a ride along with my old boss, if you left your foot on the clutch you did not get hired.

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Yep, like everyone else said, it's poor form to rest your foot on the clutch. I just keep my foot on the carpet to the left of the clutch. I've been meaning to add a dead pedal but haven't done it yet.

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Contrary to what everyone is saying you're fine as long as you're just resting it there. If you put enough presure to partially engage the clutch that's another matter, but your question was about just resting it there.
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Contrary to what everyone is saying you're fine as long as you're just resting it there.
Contrary to what you are saying, it's not fine. The OP mentioned the slight bit of play at the top of the clutch pedal travel. Part of the reason it is there is to prevent preloading the throwout bearing when the clutch pedal is fully released and ensure complete clutch disengagement when the pedal is depressed. When you rest your foot on the clutch pedal you are taking that 1/4" or so of freeplay out of the pedal and as soon as that's gone you begin loading the throwout bearing. Whether the bearing lasts 30,000 miles or 150,000 miles you are still putting an unnecessary load on the bearing and wear on the clutch. This is the same reason a clutch cable is inentionally adjusted to provide a small amount of play in the pedal.
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^This. You are putting a load on a bearing that is not supposed to be loaded for any length of time, and at much higher rotational speeds and torque loads to boot. It's only meant to carry it intermittently. Not to mention you are wearing out the pressure plate belleville spring a well. The fingers are not supposed to be loaded like that all of the time, even if you are barely pushing on it. That and you run the risk of inducing clutch slip if you ride it any heavier.

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Blazin72 is correct, and your foot has no business resting on the clutch pedal. That's what a dead pedal is for : resting your foot beside the clutch pedal.

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Not a good idea. Even if you aren't putting enough pressure on it to disengage the clutch you could still put added pressure on the throwout bearing and cause premature wear. You wouldn't drive around with your foot lightly resting on the brake pedal and the same should be done with the clutch pedal.
^^I agree^^ Funny thing is, my late step dad would drive around all the time with one foot on the gas & the other on the brake. He was so used to driving a stick shift car that he never could get used to driving an automatic & this was back circa 1956. He put more than a few brake sets on that old `56 Olds.

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^^I agree^^ Funny thing is, my late step dad would drive around all the time with one foot on the gas & the other on the brake.
Whenever I drive an automatic (my truck) I always brake with my left foot. I'm not sure why I started doing it but I've been doing it for the last 15 years or so. I don't ride the brake pedal though, just like I don't drive around riding the clutch pedal...
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Regarding resting your foot on the clutch pedal:

I don't know if you watch Myth Busters, but you may recognize this line from their show;

"Don't do it, EVER!"
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Contrary to what you are saying, it's not fine. The OP mentioned the slight bit of play at the top of the clutch pedal travel. Part of the reason it is there is to prevent preloading the throwout bearing when the clutch pedal is fully released and ensure complete clutch disengagement when the pedal is depressed. When you rest your foot on the clutch pedal you are taking that 1/4" or so of freeplay out of the pedal and as soon as that's gone you begin loading the throwout bearing. Whether the bearing lasts 30,000 miles or 150,000 miles you are still putting an unnecessary load on the bearing and wear on the clutch. This is the same reason a clutch cable is inentionally adjusted to provide a small amount of play in the pedal.
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If you're not actually performing a shift, your foot should be on the floor (unless of course you are anticipating a shift). I don't even rest my foot on the clutch pedal between shifting gears; it hovers a half-inch over the pedal. It takes a conscious effort to train yourself but after a while it becomes second nature.

Also, if you get into the habit of putting your left foot on the floor you have less of a chance to plant your face in the steering wheel next time you come to a corner in an automatic car. Done that once; trying to press the clutch in on an auto (out of habit; all 3 of my cars were standard) and slamming that extra-wide brake pedal. lol


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