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1st gear on a hill? Is it possible to lug or nah?


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Hey guys

 

I have just been practicing not riding the clutch as much as possible and I have got a pretty good hang of the bite point now so i don't ride it too much these days in many situations. I was reversing out of a gravel driveway that was on an incline of about 30 degrees so quite steep but was not very long.

 

I didn't want to ride the clutch so I had clutch fully engaged and was just letting the momentum carry the car up. I didn't want to accelerate much either as it was not very far up the hill and onto a main road, so I ended up letting the torque at 500 - 900rpms "take me up."

 

I am just wondering if it is possible to lug the engine in this case? I know in first you basically cannot lug the engine but what about going up a hill and not applying any throttle? I was in reverse and basically had both feet off pedals but car felt like it was struggling for a few seconds before I got onto even ground. I assume the car would stall in this case before any actual lugging would occur or am I wrong?

 

Just a bit worried as I regret not slipping the clutch in this case to get up and am a bit annoyed at myself and worried i caused engine damage as I know lugging is really bad for the car.

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Dont worry its fine. If im sitting in traffic up a hill I just idle up or just give it a tiny bit of throttle to keep the revs up near 1000. However riding the clutch in first or reverse doesn't matter also. The amount of wear on the clutch would be minimal.

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31 minutes ago, Subru said:

Dont worry its fine. If im sitting in traffic up a hill I just idle up or just give it a tiny bit of throttle to keep the revs up near 1000. However riding the clutch in first or reverse doesn't matter also. The amount of wear on the clutch would be minimal.

 

Ah ok so it is better to ride the clutch briefly in these situations?

 

Ok cool so I don't need to worry about the lugging in this situation as it was for such a short time and in such a low gear aye?

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Lugging matters if you do it for like.... kilometres.... every day. Not once, up a driveway.

 

It would just stall. There's not even enough force to make the engine keep going around, let along damage anything.

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