Love AffairsPosted: October 23, 2011
My Toyota Camry was manufactured 2 years before my oldest nephew was born. He’s a junior in high school.
I continue to drive this car, which has nearly 238,000 miles on it. My maintenance costs average $50 per month, and its gas mileage is 32 MPG on the highway.
One client of mine owns a local Chevrolet dealership. He asked about my ride and, upon my response, queried “Are you trying to get into a commercial?”
The transmission is manual, and the car has the original clutch, which amazes people. I think skipping gears when conditions warrant (e.g. going down a hill) has extended the clutch life–as well as not letting my nephew drive it with much frequency. He drives it like a stock car.
A clutch is a pretty simple concept. When you depress the clutch pedal, you have two separated engine components–one spinning dealio and a non-spinning dealio. When you release the clutch pedal, you bring them together, and now you have spinning tires. The trick is not to make the spinning dealio spin too quickly (i.e. too much throttle) when you join the non-spinning dealio by releasing the clutch pedal while not killing the engine.
This guy knows clutches.