What is double clutching?


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How do I double clutch?

Iimagine yourself behind the wheel. In a normal shift, you would depress the clutch, move the shifter to the next gear, and then release the clutch. But in the double clutching dance, there are a few more steps. You first depress the clutch and move the shifter into neutral. Then, you release the clutch, rev the engine to match the RPMs for the next gear, depress the clutch again, shift into the next gear, and finally release the clutch. It's a symphony of synchronizing shaft speeds inside your transmission.

The purpose of this maneuver? It's all about harmonizing the rotational speeds of the input and output shafts in the transmission, allowing gears to mesh smoothly. Not a small task, but one that can be beneficial for the health of your vehicle.

Bear in mind, while double clutching can be beneficial in certain scenarios, it's not a panacea for all gear shifting concerns. It's not the same as rev-matching ( What is rev matching? ), which is another technique used in manual transmissions. Also, for most drivers of modern cars, the additional step of double clutching is often unnecessary, as the synchronized transmission does this work for you. But for those in the driver's seat of a cars with dog box transmissions or driving a big rig, it can be a critical skill to master.

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Last Updated:
2023-05-23 10:21


Cam Dorland | 95 Eagle Talon
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