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Old 11-29-2012, 12:45 PM
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Originally Posted by unrealii View Post
Many times while driving I will hold down the clutch to let the car coast when engine power is not needed.
My thoughts are that you're not really in neutral (rather, the car may not think you're in neutral) and you're putting additional wear on your throw-out (thrust) bearing. If you're going to go for Neutral, put it in neutral and don't ride the clutch.

As for fuel economy coasting vs. neutral, technically you'd save fuel coasting vs in neutral, but I doubt you'd be able to discern any real difference in real world usage. That said, clutch and throw-out bearing wear may or may not make a difference as well.
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