1989 Trooper R/S
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.