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#1 (permalink) Old 10-09-2003, 12:48 AM
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hi all,

I was debating with a friend of mine the other day and I was wondering if any of you can provide any insight. When I usually turn off my car I never leave a gear on my manual Bimmer because many years back someone had told me this is not good for the clutch. I was wondering if this is a myth or if there are any real implications to leaving the 1st gear in the car in such situations.

I appreciate any replies.

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umm, usually, i leave it in neutral.

now when its on a hill; if its uphill, i leave it in 1st, if its downhill, i leave it in reverse. this basically is a safe measure if the ebrake fails, the gear will keep the car stationary and prevent it from rolling.
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When ever I drive a stick shift and park it. I leave the car in the reverse gear. It's tighter than the other gears, less chance for it to pop out. It never hurt a clutch of mine leaving it in gear.

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if i'm on any kind of incline i leave it in second
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the dealer puts the cars in second, so it shouldnt hurt them.

However, im lazy and usuually just use the ebrake.

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I leave it in care with the Hand Brake on, never had any problems on any of my other cars. Reverse if it is parked on a hill.
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I always park it in 1st (or reverse if a downhill slope). I think the only time is might be any strain on the clutch is if there is a slope and thats when you would need it most. If it's a flat surface, I don't see how it would be any wear on the clutch.

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Hey now I just read the BMW maual and it says......NO don't leave it in gear...wears/ruins the clutch.....hey if they say so I guess I'll just use the brake...if on slope then I'll just pull up HARDER!

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i always use me E-brake..its the easy and lazy way to do things

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Hey now I just read the BMW maual and it says......NO don't leave it in gear...wears/ruins the clutch.....hey if they say so I guess I'll just use the brake...if on slope then I'll just pull up HARDER!
Just carry a big rock with you and everytime your on a incline/decline put it behind or in front of the tire!!! Actually though nothing wrong with following the dealers advice but they will tell you to only use thier parts/oil etc? also??? I have never known the practice to have messed up a clutch in the 20+ years I have been driving/working on cars but if you are concerned then just use your E-brake and turn your wheels toward the curb when you park, that should be safe.

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