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Daddy was an independant dealer who had to fix our cars, with much cursing involved on his part. He never replaced a clutch on any of our Beetles, Rabbits, Jettas, Golfs etc. It's the way I was taught to sit still on an upslope.

I understand and use engine braking to slow down on a decline, but what is the point of using the clutch to keep the car still on an incline? I'm not sure why, but I used to do it all the time. Now I simply apply the brakes.

My Volkswagen manual -- I own a 2000 Golf -- discourages the use of partially releasing the clutch to hold the car still on an incline. It claims premature wear on the clutch will result.


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