I just got my motor remapped. 75bhp to 115+ bhp. I was actually told it is now running at 135bhp according to the clip-on meter, which is only 5% out. No rolling road...just a clip-on for now.
Anyway, I took it for a test drive after the job and it certainly feels like there is more grunt under the bonnet.
Unfortunately when I floor it in 3rd/4th/5th gears the engine revs like crazy but with no increase in speed. I was told this is the clutch slipping due to not being able to handle the increased power of the engine.
I can't say I have felt the clutch going before, but I was told that the increased torque after the remap will exaggerate any clutch wear and therefore it is definitely the clutch that needs replacing.
AFAIK the car has never had a clutch change and the clock now shows 113,000.
1) Would it be sensible to get an uprated clutch to handle the increased torque? Could you recommend a long-life clutch?
2) I taught my wife driving in my car, and she also got a few lessons from an instructor. The instructor said that for manouevres and when edging forward in traffic you can simply put it in first gear and lift the clutch without balancing it with the gas pedal (because it is a diesel) and the car will move forward slowly. I had never heard this before and was a bit sceptical as it looks like this 'technique' would wear the clutch out quicker. Can anyone confirm this either way?