Originally Posted by Bulletman
Go rent a car, make sure to get there full coverage insurance. it is a challenge to find a stick from a rental company but some still have them... That way if u mess it up its not your car... The other thing is Carmax has a 5 day return policy, go buy a cheap car that's a stick drive it for a few days then return it.... Just a couple ideas for ya...... : )
tsk tsk tsk.
The rental car companies that carry stick shift models tend to make you demonstrate at least basic stick shift driving skills before they allow you to rent one.
Hertz started this with the old Shelby Mustangs.
For the OP, one huge mistake beginning stick drivers make is keeping your foot on the
clutch pedal while driving. Even the tiniest pressure can produce wear in the
clutch throwout. If you use enough pressure to partially open the clutch, you also get wear on the clutch plates themselves.
Make sure that after you shift or start moving, get your foot off the pedal and keep it off.
As you engage the clutch [particularly on start up from a stop] don't be too afraid to suffer a few jerks from pulling back your foot too fast. You'll quickly learn the speed that just avoids the jerks. It is pulling your foot back too slow plus leaving your foot on the clutch that causes premature wear.
If you avoid both, there isn't any real reason why your first clutch couldn't see normal life.
Other tip--avoid off-roading until you get really good at using the clutch.
If you find yourself feathering the clutch [leaving it partially engaged but slipping a bit], you are using too high a gear--the Wrangler rarely needs that tactic which can also cause clutch wear.
Have fun, and enjoy. You will have more control with the stick for sticky situations so just relax and learn to use it.