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After reading some posts about noise from failing clutch throw-out bearings, I'd like to give my 2 cents to proper driving technique when driving a standard shift. I learned to drive a long time ago when automatic transmissions were in there infancy. I was tought to always shift to neutral and release the clutch when waiting at a light, or any time your stopped for an extended time with engine idleing. I tought my kids this when I tought them to drive. They learned in a standard shift VW. I never had a problem with a clutch release bearing being noisy, and I wore out a few clutches. My son bought a 1985 Trooper in the late 80's. I'm slowly restoring it. It has 270,000 miles on it with the original clutch and no throw-out bearing noise. Sitting at a light, holding the clutch pedal in puts wear on the release bearing over time that can be avoided.
 

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Yep, I was taught that too.
 

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yep....was taught that way too.

didn't make the throw out bearing's last any longer in our 99 chevy 6.0L vortec however....each clutch replacement in that truck was over $1,700 dollars...got rid of it after the first clutch, as the 2nd one started going out only 15k miles later.....figured if I was gonna spend that kind of money on a transmission, might as well have an automatic. Least I've never had to replace any of my automatics.
 

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It not only wears on the throw out bearing but it also wears on the thrust bearing in the engine. Plus it wears on your left leg ;)

The stupid thing is that every driving school will teach you never sit in neutral in case you need to make a quick maneuver. But the kicker is your stuck behind the vehicle in front of you and cant move anyway if someone is going to rear end you.
 

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In most cases that's a good way to save on wearing out parts. But the late model stuff has a pull style release bearing. It's always spinning minde you with no load ,but that pour thing spins when ever the engine is running. That's a whole ton of revolutions in it's life time.
 
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