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Old 4th May 2016, 11:58   #151
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When I sense a rumbler approaching, and I'm in top gear, I use the brake intermittently to bring the speed down. By intermittent, I mean, I mildly apply brakes and then release, and continue this till I bring the speed down completely, while also downshifting. Better heat dissipation results in the above method and this greatly helps in the longevity of brake shoes and lining.
Perhaps an equally important reason to do this is to let the car behind know what you are doing via your brake lights flashing on and off - you want to make sure the driver behind is fully alive to your actions. Works only if your brake lights are, of course.

Another thing to remember when emergency braking before a speed breaker or a pothole is to release the brake just before you hit it, to let the front suspension and ground clearance rise again to its full length so it can be fully available for dealing with the bump.
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Thanks all for your replies. Good to know the different perspectives on the first point about slowing down.

if you use second, there was a real danger of stalling or else riding the clutch to prevent that, and first was too jerky
Part throttle in 1st gear is the best way forward until you cross the series of strips. That way, you can maintain the crawl speed longer without over-revving.
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A weird problem with my Accord in the morning. With the engine switched off, I can slot the gears. But when I switch the engine on, depress the clutch and then try slotting, the shifter doesn't slot.

What could be the problem?
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Default Re: The best way to use the clutch, gear and brakes

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I can slot the gears. But when I switch the engine on, depress the clutch and then try slotting, the shifter doesn't slot.

What could be the problem?
I had clutch fluid leaked due to burst plumbing causing dis-engaging clutch and changing gear was not possible (no issue when engine is switched off)? A friend had same symptom developed after clutch fluid plumbing developed vacuum (meaning pipe between clutch fluid container and slave cylinder developed block like symptom!), only opening salve cylinder+ clutch bleeding problem got rectified. Both cases car was Fiesta.

Did you had any leak?
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None that I know of. The master cylinder, which I think is common for the clutch and brakes was recently replaced and there hasn't been any hit or external damage.

With engine off the gears slot very smoothly.
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People driving in Bangalore would know that driving at Tin factory is a constant move between 1st and 2nd gear. To reduce clutch usage, I hold on to 1st gear and don't move to 2nd gear as I would anyways have to come back to 1st gear in a few seconds. This causes the car to jerk and shudder. When I engage first gear and give continous throttle input its all good. But when I take my foot off the gas pedal, the car jerks (probably due to engine braking) or if I increase the throttle input again there is a jerk. What's the best way to deal with this? If I slot into 2nd gear, then at the next moment I would have to start off from almost zero. Or shift back to 1st gear. I drive a Duster petrol
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People driving in Bangalore would know that driving at Tin factory is a constant move between 1st and 2nd gear. To reduce clutch usage, I hold on to 1st gear and don't move to 2nd gear as I would anyways have to come back to 1st gear in a few seconds. This causes the car to jerk and shudder. When I engage first gear and give continous throttle input its all good. But when I take my foot off the gas pedal, the car jerks (probably due to engine braking) or if I increase the throttle input again there is a jerk. What's the best way to deal with this? If I slot into 2nd gear, then at the next moment I would have to start off from almost zero. Or shift back to 1st gear. I drive a Duster petrol
Same experience with me as well. I try to keep it in 1st gear and when you accelerate it is fine but the moment you take off your foot from A pedal it slows down rapidly due to engine braking and when you accelerate there is a jerk. The cycle repeats resulting in jerky movement of vehicle.

This only works when there is a movement of vehicles at certain speed.

Bumper to Bumper, inch by inch move invariably forces you to use the clutch.
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When I engage first gear and give continous throttle input its all good. But when I take my foot off the gas pedal, the car jerks (probably due to engine braking) or if I increase the throttle input again there is a jerk. What's the best way to deal with this? If I slot into 2nd gear, then at the next moment I would have to start off from almost zero. Or shift back to 1st gear. I drive a Duster petrol
This is true for petrol engined cars while using the 1st gear. What you can do to minimize the jerks is to lift your foot off the throttle slowly. This would minimize the jerks to a large extent though it would not get completely eliminated. Perhaps you could try and look ahead and beyond the vehicle immediately in front of you, so as to time your actions accordingly.
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Wanted to see how the other BHP-ians operate the clutch.

I don't keep my leg on the floor and then pivot the ankle while releasing/depressing the clutch. Instead, my heel levitates off the floor and i use my entire leg while releasing/depressing. This comes naturally to me rather than the ankle pivot method. And i feel this gives me more control over the clutch. Is my method correct?

Any other BHP-ians who do it this way?
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I don't keep my leg on the floor and then pivot the ankle while releasing/depressing the clutch. Instead, my heel levitates off the floor and i use my entire leg while releasing/depressing.
+1.

I follow the same process for clutch pedal usage. For accelerator and brake pedal operation, I pivot my ankle.

When I use the whole leg for movement (Read engaging and disengaging) the smoothness is notch better than if I pivot my ankle.

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