Dipping clutch before ignition - do you?

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  1. 1_man_and_his_dob(lo)

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    I'm sure I haven't forgotten the basics of my driving lessons, when I was taught to check the car was in neutral (waggle stick), start the engine and then dip the clutch and put it into gear.

    However my Fiat manual says that I should dip the clutch pedal before starting the engine....which I keep forgetting to do.

    And then today I read a BBC news article about the cold weather where an AA spokesman says:

    "Before starting the car you should make sure the lights, radio, heated windscreen are all switched off, then dip the clutch when you turn the ignition. That means all the power from the battery will go to the starter motor."

    I Googled and apparently this is to stop the start motor having to work the gearbox in addition to the engine....hence the connection to extra battery strain in the BBC article. So I've learnt something today :thumb:

    So....is this a fairly recent thing?:Blush:
     
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    a number of models will not start unless you do that, our Passat for one.
     
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    always taught when i was in the Army ( especially in cold weather ) to dip the clutch on cold starting. Not so important when oils warm up. This disengages the weight of the gears in the box from the engine and lightens the load on the starter and battery.:thumb:
     
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    i've always done it.....but then, I leave in gear when parked......except at the moment i have an auto and it wont start if it aint in park/neutral.
     
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    No, not that recent, it has certainly been Ford advice for many years now. Batteries have got smaller since the loss of 101octane fuel and high compression engines.

    There is no point asking your battery to do more work than is absolutely necessary.

    SO, dip your clutch prior to start up. Not many clutches use friction bearing these days like the old phosphor bronze and graphite thrust bearings so less to wear out.

    Battery then only has to turn over the engine as opposed to gear train as well.
     
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    I was taught to dip the clutch before ignition when I took driving lessons over 30 years ago. Always have done ever since.
     
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    Its what I've done since I was 17, a very long time ago.
    Jim
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    I have always put my foot on the clutch during starting too :thumb: Jane :Smile:
     
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    Just had a thought, all of the Ford range with the new "start" button only operate with the clutch pedal depressed anyway.

    When I was in Malta at Christmas my hire car Ren' Megane was exactly the same. Clutch depressed or no start.
     
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    Me To. Put foot on clutch before starting and park with brake on and in gear (drive is on a slope)
     
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    Hi
    I allways do, even in the car, old habits etc. Pete :thumb::thumb:
     
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    what's a clutch... :Laughing:

    once you have an auto you never want to go manual again.. :Cool:

    but yes, like Jim , learned that when I was 17 .. though not so long ago as he :Rofl1::Rofl1:
     
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    Never heard of it but will take note of the advice.:thumb:

    My car and motorhome are manual but the work van is tiptronic and i always use it in automatic.
     
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    It is only Bob's car that actually has a clutch, my Smart and and the van do not. Still do a bit of footwork though :BigGrin: On the brake! Jane :Smile:
     
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    Dipping the clutch is part of the 'cockpit drill' for starting in the Advanced Driving challenge (IAM)
     
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    Have always done on manual gearboxes was told by a good friends daughter, she was taught by army and drove 10 ton trucks, but could not get on driving cars, too small.
     
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    I have always dipped the clutch before starting - also always park in gear - 1st if car pointing uphill, reverse if car pointing downhill.
    Never knew why I dipped the clutch - think Rex told me to when I was learning - he was in the Army at the time :Wink:
     
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    Doing what Rex tells you to, has got you where you are today, wise lady.

    Have you always done what Rex tells you to? Answers on a postcard please. to Auntie Griff :Blush:
     
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    Thanks everyone :thumb:

    ....looks like I'm in the minority:Blush:

    Just checked my old Citroen C3 manual and it also mentions declutching while turning over the engine but only when the temperature is below 0°C....guess that's due to the oil.
     
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    Now that would be telling!!:Wink::Wink:
     
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