Miles on a clutch

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by siklid1066, Dec 21, 2007.

  1. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    On the average,about how many miles do you guys get out of a clutch.(meaning, a dump truck towing a trailer set up)
  2. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    depends on the driver or # drivers we just put a clutch in our 1500 dodge 99 4wd it pulls a trailer everyday and it has 124,00 miles on it. and I bought it new in 99
  3. backhoe1

    backhoe1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 41

    I agree w/yardman, drivers have as much to do with it than anything, I've had them last anywhere from 5,000 to 200,000.
  4. siklid1066

    siklid1066 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 148

    I thought this would be a good topic.I guess alot of guys are running auto matics.
  5. Bigred350

    Bigred350 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 807

    1994 f 450 460 motor pulling 25 foot trailer and skid steer. 105,000miles
  6. lwcmattlifter

    lwcmattlifter LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Messages: 859

    Got 110,000 out of my F-350 PSD before the springs on the pressure plate went out. The clutch still had lots of material left on it. Got a 01 Ram 2500 CTD that just turned 100k with the original both tow/haul heavy on a regular basis.
  7. P.Services

    P.Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,319

    if you want a clutch that will last even with bad drivers make sure to use a ceramic one in stead of the full organic. im doing mine in my kodiak right now
  8. 2k1yzfr1

    2k1yzfr1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 539

    2003 Dodge 2500 cummins with 93k all in town pulling 7500k. Over the past few weeks I have been putting in a gravel driveway to my shop and hauled about 30-35 loads that weighed anywhere from 13-15k without any burning clutch smell.
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    50 to 100k easy, really at least 80...

    The clutch is made of the same material as your brake pads, so unless the clutch is fully engaged OR disengaged, anywhere in between those two it is rubbing against the plates. The more friction your clutch encounters in its life, the faster it wears.
    Technically speaking it could last forever.
    Realistically, no.
    So if when it needs replacing you have a choice between a better clutch (like a heavy duty type or material) I would pay the extra, every time.

    Some clutches do not fully disengage even when the pedal is fully depressed, this is likely a fault with the mechanical items but may not be easy to fix, best I can recommend is take it out of gear at prolonged stops.

    A lot has to do with driving:
    - Avoid backing or starting up an incline, the more severe the incline, the worse this gets.
    You have to decide if it's worth the wear on the clutch or if you feel like hauling the load in barrows, can't tell you what to do.
    Maybe charge some customers extra if their 1/4 mile long driveway goes up the side of Mount Everest, I don't know.

    - After getting going, learn how to shift as clutchlessly as possible:
    > From one gear to the next: let go of gas, depress clutch, shift, release clutch fully, now re-engage gas, in that exact order.
    At no time should both pedals be pushed at the same time. This is the easy way, takes some practice to make it less jolty.
    > The hard way is to learn at what point the engine rpm's match the transmission in a coast state, and to glide the engine to match these rpm's both coming out and going into gear with careful positioning of the gas pedal: But without serious practice this tactic is as likely to backfire.

    What not to do:
    - I've seen it all, folks going from gear to gear, they come out of gear all right but when going into the next gear they push the gas as they release the clutch :nono:... Better off footing these pedals independent from each other, that is, one pedal at a time, let go of one before pushing the next, OR give it only a teenie bit of gas, that likely works the best.
    - Of course some folks are still letting go of the gas by the time the clutch is to the floor... The less pressure the engine is putting on the tranny, the better, of course, both coming out and going in to gear.
    - The worst certainly is backing up, I would just avoid this at all costs or at least as much as possible. The one way I can recommend is to back up idling or with very little gas, then let the clutch out completely and use only the brake and maybe a little gas to go... Obviously this doesn't work on inclines and can result in stalls, but the practice in itself helps.

    Another thing too, just take it nice and easy, that almost never fails.

    Hope that helps, don't ride the clutch. :)
  10. 1cooltreeguy

    1cooltreeguy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    Well, if u do not get at least 100,000 miles out of a clutch then you or someone else is dogging the truck....:usflag:

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