05-30-2006, 09:32 PM
Join Date: Jul 2000
How to start without a Clutch!
Thanks for the info folks!
Update (and story for those that are interested):
After further investigation it was found that the Clutch Master Cylinder had failed. But....
I found that if I pumped clutch rapidly I could get about a half second of "pedal" enough to ease shifts between gears (of course RPM matching worked as well)
Anyway, upon inquring to get it fixed where I was, they did not have the part available from any dealer in town and said it would be at least a day!!! . I could not afford to hang around so my uncle and I decided to try and hobble my baby home (about 200 km/120 miles). In case this happens to you I thought I would share what I learned. Getting started is the tricky part.
Method 1) With Car not moving and engine off, put shifter into first gear, start engine (remember, even though clutch pedal does not work you still need to depress to start). The starter turns over engine and because you are in first the cars starts moving car forward. It was not pretty way to start, but it worked. I did not like this method and only used it once.
Method 2) With Car stopped, Start engine with shifter in Neutral. Have some once start pushing from behind. When up to 5 mph or so push shifter into first gear (NOTE: if person pushing needs to come with you I recomend letting them get in car BEFORE you attemp to put shifter into first. This method worked farily well. (requires strong and agile helper!)
Method 3) Not sure why or how this worked but with car idling (and not moving) and shifter in Neutral press shifter into first (but not so hard it actually goes into first) this caused the car to very slowly start creeping forward. After about 5 or 10 seconds you would be going fast enough (i.e. 5mph or so) to now force shifter into first. I used this when alone when failure first occured.
Method 4) I did not use this method but was ready to use it if I had to (i.e. if I was forced to stop on a hill) This method will only work if you find you can get some "clutch action" by pumping the pedal as I could. In Neutral, Rev engine to 2000 rpm or so ...or whatever RPM you like to launch at ! :-) and hold rpm there, then pump clutch until you feel you have pedal, then put shifter in first and hang on!
I was able to make it home home ok (fortunately it was mostly highway).
Clutch Master Cylinder has now been replace and I am back in action.
End of story.