Originally Posted by buze
Can you alleviate the wear problem by keeping the clutch in, on manual transmissions ? even in neutral, the flywheel is still connected, unless you press the clutch.
That's a really old trick for cold starts too, as it reduce the inertia needed to start the engine...
The ring gear to which the starter pinion engages during every start is located onto the flywheel or drive plate on the auto. The flywheel / drive plate is connected directly to the engine crankshaft. I don't have the manual gearbox so I am not sure how that (ASS) system works. Starting an engine with the clutch depressed is always good practice for various reasons but mainly for safety.