Yesterday afternoon we went to someone's house to fix their computer. Her apartment is on a VERY steep road (gotta be at least a 30-40 degree incline!) Well, when it came time to leave, I had to back out of her driveway, and then get the car going UP that VERY steep hill. It took me 3 tries--stalled it once, almost stalled it the 2nd time, and finally got it going by revving up to 3-4K and slipping the HELL out of the clutch to get the car moving. I've been driving manual for years and normally I baby the clutch, but have never tried to get my car going up such a steep hill from a dead stop before.
Ever since, I've noticed the clutch engages more "smoothly". Before it was grabby, making the 1-2 shift a bit rough if I didn't rev-match perfectly. Now it engages smooth as butter, but I'm concerned I might have damaged or put excessive wear on the clutch. It's a Sachs clutch that I had installed about 15k miles ago. Normally I baby it, always starting from a stop at 1500 RPM or less. I don't launch the car or excessively slip or dump the clutch.
So, should I be concerned, or did I just complete the break-in?