Shift into Neutral to save TO Bearing?

Dan DiBiase d_dibiase at
Mon Dec 31 10:18:28 PST 2007

Taka Mizutani <t44tqtro at> wrote: I got an informative lecture from Igor about why not to stop at a light with
the car in gear and the clutch pedal depressed.

It was an engineering explanation which I can't repeat, but I think you guys
have explained the jist of it here already.

That said, after hearing the explanation, I stopped leaving the car in gear
when stopped.

One other thing- I believe that if you rev match your downshifts, you
probably reduce a significant amount of clutch wear over the life of the

It's fairly flat where I live so I always put the car in neutral when waiting at a light. It also affords me the opportunity to save wear on my brake light bulbs by taking my foot off the brake ;-) . (I also put the wipers into intermittent mode when stopped at a light to save wear on the blades ;-) Yes, I am anal). I can get it into gear very quickly, so usually not an issue for the person behind me.

Dan D
'04 A4 1.8Tq MT-6
Central NJ USA

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