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Old 15th November 2004, 23:09   #1
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Smile Auto Clutch???

I saw this ad from a company called Auto-Mate that claim to fit manual cars with autoclutch. Has anyone got their manual cars converted into semi automatics? Any pros n cons?

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Old 15th November 2004, 23:46   #2
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i tried calling them on the listed numbers for a demo. half the numbers were old and not in use..the others unavailable ..and the rest just rang and rang !!

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Yeah they had come to me for a dealership contract to install their AutoClutch system on cars a few months ago so i got the opportunity to test their product. It was a Semi-automatic mechanism installed in a maruti zen. Its an electronically activated solenoid which presses and releases the clutch in place of you and can be operated with a button on the gearknob, so u just press and shift and release. although u can also use your regular clutch alongside (im not 100 percent sure bout that but i think u can). Its just an alternative for people who find it too tedious and cumbersome to shift gears all the time... i hardly found any takers for it though.
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Can it keep the engine running at rest without having to put foot on the clutch or pressing the button on the gear stick?
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Old 16th November 2004, 07:36   #5
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I think these Guys are from Pune if Im not mistaken I have spoken to these guys one of my friends dad wanted to instal one but then droped the idea
any way would like to know more about it so any more info
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Old 16th November 2004, 14:06   #6
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Quote[/b] (Deeps @ Nov. 16 2004,01:20)]Can it keep the engine running at rest without having to put foot on the clutch or pressing the button on the gear stick?
It would have to be in neutral, if engaged in gear and car's at rest ull have to keep the button pressed.
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So is it jus as if the clutch got shifted to the gear knob??
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Quote[/b] (autopsyche @ Nov. 15 2004,23:14)]Yeah they had come to me for a dealership contract to install their AutoClutch system on cars a few months ago so i got the opportunity to test their product. It was a Semi-automatic mechanism installed in a maruti zen. Its an electronically activated solenoid which presses and releases the clutch in place of you and can be operated with a button on the gearknob, so u just press and shift and release. although u can also use your regular clutch alongside (im not 100 percent sure bout that but i think u can). Its just an alternative for people who find it too tedious and cumbersome to shift gears all the time... i hardly found any takers for it though.
What was the cost btw ?
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I always wondered how this one worked, thanks for the information. I must say it's a pretty lame effort, not surprised there arent any takers for it.
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i think the cost was roughly around 35k, not too sure just a faint memory streak.
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so its not really an 'automated' clutch. Its, essentially, just a hand operated clutch. And for 35K. its just a silly concept..
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Quote[/b] (Deeps @ Nov. 16 2004,23:17)]so its not really an 'automated' clutch. Its, essentially, just a hand operated clutch. And for 35K. its just a silly concept..


But isnt this how it works even for the "automatic" cars from the driver's point of view ? I had driven one long time back so the memory is a bit vague but i think it also had a button on the gear shift that needed to be pressed whenever u needed to shift from P to N to D to 1 and so on....
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guys ,
just be careful abt all these ads in OD and ACI.
i have had a very bad experience as i blindly fitted Beru 4-electrode plugs in my car ,due to this my performnace was worse than a carb 800.


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Old 17th November 2004, 15:06   #14
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Hehehe satya, this place is the best precaution against such ads. Isnt it?
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just buy a walking stick and change gears with it by pushing it.
simpler and way cheaper
umbrella works too
BTW i dont take risks with my car, only with trusted proucts like k and n
nothing else
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