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Old 21st May 2014, 20:56   #121
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What's the best was to move an old car (say amby or fiat or pp) up an incline after coming to a dead stop without rolling backwards ?
Note- Either there is no hand brake or it is removed
Use heel toe method. The method:(Assuming your clutch is depresed)
  • Left leg is used to depress the clutch
  • Right heel on brake
  • Right Toes on acceleretor
  • Give the car gas while keeping your heel on the brake
  • Simultaneously release the clutch leave the brake when you are confident of not rolling back

The heel toe method can't be used if the pedals are awkwardly placed or you have really big feet. It that's the case, then I think you have to burn the clutch.
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What's the best was to move an old car (say amby or fiat or pp) up an incline after coming to a dead stop without rolling backwards ?
Note- Either there is no hand brake or it is removed
The clutch. After it is at a halt, apply the clutch. Revv the living daylights, out of the Fiat 1100 103 i-4. Release clutch. The RHD format will take care of the rest!

Seen my Grandfather do this, on our 1972 1100D. He had a SuperSelect prior to that, if you want to know.

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What's the best was to move an old car (say amby or fiat or pp) up an incline after coming to a dead stop without rolling backwards ?
Note- Either there is no hand brake or it is removed
Hold the car with foot-brake, ask passenger to step out and place brick under one wheel, passenger gets in, you start off. Make a note to self to carry enough bricks in the car when you set off.

At the next mechanic, stop and fix the handbrake.
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The clutch. After it is at a halt, apply the clutch. Revv the living daylights, out of the Fiat 1100 103 i-4. Release clutch. The RHD format will take care of the rest!
RHD format??

And how do you prevent the car from rolling back while you rev the living daylights out of the engine, before engaging the clutch?

Not quite a great idea as far as the title of this thread goes, is it?
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And how do you prevent the car from rolling back while you rev the living daylights out of the engine, before engaging the clutch?

Not quite a great idea as far as the title of this thread goes, is it?
RWD I mean. Pardon. As regards to the part in bold, well. Read the question properly. How does the car climb, after it has halted.

And, I do agree, that this advice is contradictory. But our 1972 1100D, and @100Kmph's 1966 1100D, used to be in very similar shades, until quite recently. Handbrakes missing also! Too much coincidence, don't you opine?

But, contradicting multiple statements is all but common to me, after all, I am just a mere astrophysicist.

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Read the question properly. How does the car climb, after it has halted.
But, contradicting multiple statements is all but common to me, after all, I am just a mere astrophysicist.
Ah... my apologies to the astrophysicist (and the lecturer) in you, but the question was...
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What's the best was to move an old car (say amby or fiat or pp) up an incline after coming to a dead stop without rolling backwards ?
You might remember that I wrote this thread. And I am also saying that your suggestion/advice goes against the spirit of this thread.

Handbrake missing in an 1100D/Amby can be rectified without much difficulty by any halfway decent mechanic. A burnt clutch - not so easy.

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You might remember that I wrote this thread. And I am also saying that your suggestion/advice goes against the spirit of this thread.

Handbrake missing in an 1100D/Amby can be rectified without much difficulty by any halfway decent mechanic. A burnt clutch - not so easy.
I also don't want to reduce a car life by any means as far as possible. I never redline even a brand new car which is meant to be revved.
But the mechanic says the handbrake assembly is not available new so I have told him to arrange an used part from the scrapyard. The heel toe method is a bit too difficult for me as the car stalls sometimes. Needs a bit of practice, nah?
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It is said that frequent short trips(where even proper operating temperature is not reached) will drastically reduce the life of diesel engines.

Now how is this 'short trip' defined as? In a typical day I do a 13 km in sub-urban traffic from engine start to stop, with the coolant temperature reaching 82-85 C only from the 6th km or so. Not sure whether the engine oil is warmed up to operating temperatures too by that time!?

Anyway i do a 800-850 km road trip every month in the highways.
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Now how is this 'short trip' defined as? In a typical day I do a 13 km in sub-urban traffic from engine start to stop, with the coolant temperature reaching 82-85 C only from the 6th km or so. Not sure whether the engine oil is warmed up to operating temperatures too by that time!?
By the 6th km you are at 80+ degree C so that is the operating temperature range, expect the oil also to be in the same temperature range may be a 4-5 degree C less. Not an issue but it is better if your travel has both - bumper-to-bumper traffic and 60+ kmph travel.

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Not an issue but it is better if your travel has both - bumper-to-bumper traffic and 60+ kmph travel.
Yes it is bumper to bumper in the signals and 60+ kmpl in between. Also i don't switch off the engine at the few traffic signals in between.

The approach road to home is horrible, so that helps with the idling of turbo before switching it off.

Looks like a sweet deal to the engine !?
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Yes it is bumper to bumper in the signals and 60+ kmpl in between. Also i don't switch off the engine at the few traffic signals in between.

The approach road to home is horrible, so that helps with the idling of turbo before switching it off.

Looks like a sweet deal to the engine !?
No issues then buddy, just relax. If the traffic signals are long then it is advised to switch the engine OFF.

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Hi all, thanks for this very informative and educational thread. It will be a long while before I can contribute with anything other than a few questions. Here are two that have me somewhat confused (apologies if it has been indirectly answered in this thread, I read all pages but am still not sure)

1. When driving in 4th gear and having to slow down towards a speedbraker or a red signal (say), the practice I presently follow is to depress the clutch, take foot off accelerator, let the car slow down naturally (due to friction) wait to reach the lowest speed desirable (complete stop if red light or 5 kmph if speedbraker) and then downshift to necessary gear (1st/2nd or neutral).

Sometimes (especially if less stressed) I have the practice of shifting to neutral immediately when I realise I will have to slow down / stop and letting the car coast to a halt/slow down. (if speedbraker, as soon as I hit lowest desirable speed I accelerate, cross speedbraker and gear-up again)

Which of the above methods is better?

2. While coming down from heavily jammed flyovers where traffic moves bumper-to-bumper I sometimes switch off the engine and just keep lighting the foot on/off the brake to let the car inch forwards. Is there any adverse effect on the car due to this?

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Which of the above methods is better?
NONE. Stop this practice ASAP.

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1. When driving in 4th gear and having to slow down towards a speedbraker or a red signal (say), the practice I presently follow is to depress the clutch, take foot off accelerator,

Sometimes (especially if less stressed) I have the practice of shifting to neutral immediately.
You know that there would be the need to slow down or stop as there could be a signal or an intersection. In such situations just lift your right leg off the accelerator pedal with the car IN-GEAR.

Here you have an advantage:

1) Modern ECU's cut-off fuel supply the moment throttle input is '0'. You save fuel.

2) When the car is moving in-gear, the engine here is running due to inertia, so under an emergency situation which demands instant throttle input and faster movement of the car, you are on the safer side as one touch to the pedal and your back on power whereas if you depress the clutch pedal or just coast in neutral, you ain't going anywhere.

3) Coasting to the ECU means idle RPM so fuel is supplied to keep the engine running causing loss of FE and waste of energy.

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2. While coming down from heavily jammed flyovers where traffic moves bumper-to-bumper I sometimes switch off the engine and just keep lighting the foot on/off the brake to let the car inch forwards. Is there any adverse effect on the car due to this?
Since it is going to be bumper to bumper traffic, let the car be in 1st gear and modulate the sod using the accelerator. All new generation cars have the anti-stall feature which will keep the car going in gear without any throttle input.

Breaks are powered by the engine do if you switch off the engine itself you have NIL braking power and moreover you would have felt a distinct harness in the pedal feel + travel. This happens as the servo motor is not getting power from the engine. Once the engine is restarted, the brake pedal gets free.

If you follow this under emergency situation you'll not have ANY braking power leading to an accident.

Anurag.

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Have a question, been itching in my mind for some weeks now.

We always advocate Engine Braking.
I have been trying to practice it for about 2 months now.

However, it me out when I see the RPM needle shoot up when I upshift to slow down the car.

While I am saving the brake discs from wear and tear, am I not putting a load on the engine, and will it not affect my FE when the RPM needle shoots up ?

Answering to a question which many would ask - what RPM range it shoots.

I am in 5th Gear at 80kmph at 2.2k RPM.
The speed breaker is about 500 mts ahead (I know where the speed breakers are on my route).
I let the RPM come down to 1.8k and then upshift to 4th Gear.
The RPM zooms to about 3k range for 2-3 seconds and then comes down to 1.5, adjusting with the 4th gear rev.

So this 2-3 seconds of 3k range - Isn't it a load on the engine and the FE ?

Sorry if I sound silly. Please advise.
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In such situations just lift your right leg off the accelerator pedal with the car IN-GEAR.

Here you have an advantage:

1) Modern ECU's cut-off fuel supply the moment throttle input is '0'. You save fuel.

2) When the car is moving in-gear, the engine here is running due to inertia, so under an emergency situation which demands instant throttle input and faster movement of the car, you are on the safer side as one touch to the pedal and your back on power whereas if you depress the clutch pedal or just coast in neutral, you ain't going anywhere.

3) Coasting to the ECU means idle RPM so fuel is supplied to keep the engine running causing loss of FE and waste of energy.

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Since it is going to be bumper to bumper traffic, let the car be in 1st gear and modulate the sod using the accelerator. All new generation cars have the anti-stall feature which will keep the car going in gear without any throttle input. Anurag.
Thanks Anurag for taking the trouble to write a reply at 2 am !

I take your point but the doubt I have is whether slowing down while keeping the car in high gear (like 4th) will stall the engine (it will be slowing down from say 50 kmph to 5/10 kmph). When would you suggest I use the clutch and change gear? I drive a Polo 1.2 petrol.
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While I am saving the brake discs from wear and tear, am I not putting a load on the engine, and will it not affect my FE when the RPM needle shoots up ?
Good to see the practice put in place to save the brakes. IIRC you drive a Beat D. Right?!

The engines which we drive have been put to much higher stresses and load conditions before they are actually produced for the mass market. Though FE will drop slightly but wear and tear will not be a problem but it depends on the frequency you do this and also the gear:speed relation that witnesses the RPM blip.

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I am in 5th Gear at 80kmph at 2.2k RPM. I let the RPM come down to 1.8k and then upshift to 4th Gear. The RPM zooms to about 3k range for 2-3 seconds and then comes down to 1.5, adjusting with the 4th gear rev.
I did try the downshift in my Swift ZDi after reading your query.

80kmph @ 5th gear was at 2000 so downshift to 4th gear yob the RPM to 2500 which is fine. When I downshift near 1500 - 1600 RPM, the resultant RPM is near 2100 which is in the peak turbo range anyway.

I advise you to downshift when the RPM drops near 1500, so the resultant RPM will be near 2100 - 2200 which is fine. 3500 - 4000 RPM is harmful but anything near 3000 is fine.

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So this 2-3 seconds of 3k range - Isn't it a load on the engine and the FE ?
Not alarming at all but it all depends how frequently you do it. Load wise no problem but FE will drop slightly.

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I take your point but the doubt I have is whether slowing down while keeping the car in high gear (like 4th) will stall the engine (it will be slowing down from say 50 kmph to 5/10 kmph). When would you suggest I use the clutch and change gear? I drive a Polo 1.2 petrol.
Apologies for not understanding your real question.

Slowing down from 50 kmph to 5 kmph in 4th gear will kill the engine. Every gear has a designated speed in which it will be comfortable to drive on.

I am giving the gear and speed for my car - Swift ZDi:

0 - 20 kmph = 1st to 2nd
20 - 35 kmph = 2nd to 3rd
35 - 50 kmph = 3rd to 4th
50 - 60 kmph = 4th to 5th

All of the above are we've the RPM is at 2000 where I upshift. Coming to downshifting, I do when the RPM drops to 1600.

Follow the above and you shouldn't be in a problem.

Hope it helps.

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