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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old Dec 8th, 2012, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Question Mach 5 Reverse

Well, not really. But it seems like reverse gear, if I let up the clutch the entire way (even slowly), the car shoots backward really fast. I need to ride the clutch in reverse to keep it backing up at a steady pace. I'm worried that I'm going to wear out the clutch prematurely; or is this normal? Thanks.

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If the car goes ok forwards then theres nothing wrong with the clutch except what youre doing with it with your feet maybe.
The car in reverse, being low geared will kick and jerk more and thus seem to be more rapid if youre not smooth with the clutch and accelerator controls.
I think its due to how youre operating it rather than anything wrong with the car itself?
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Thanks for the reply! I seem to be able to control it just fine with the clutch-- my concern is just that I might be prematurely wearing it out. But it sounds like you're saying the clutch does control the reverse speed? I'm relieved to hear it-- thanks again.
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sounds like a heavy left foot , you need to control accelerator more.
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^^ Yeah, I think you might be on to something there... been a long time since I drove manual. Thanks, I'll keep playing around with it!
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I always use the clutch to control speed in reverse however on the flat you need no revs just let the idle speed do the work. If you reverse often and up hill I can see why you would be concerned about clutch wear. I have been driving manual cars for 23 years and have never replaced a clutch.


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