Clutch pedal - up or down? - Rob the Bus {P}
Circumstances are soon going to dictate that I must get rid of my nice, comfy, but very thirsty Granada for an economical diesel.

A mechanic acquaintance of mine has said that it is extremely beneficial to start a diesel with the clutch pedal pushed down. Apart from the safety aspect (ie the car may be in gear) what other reason would there be for this being good?]

By the way, anybody got a nice 309 diesel that they will exchange for my extensive collection of shiny buttons and belly-button fluff?

Cheers

Rob
"Smoke me a kipper, I'll be back for breakfast."
Clutch pedal - up or down? - borasport20
does starting a diesel or petrol engine with the clutch peddle depressed slightly reduce the load on the starter ? ie it\'s not turning a mass of cogs round in a box of cold glutinous oil.

I\'ve seen it recommened as a technique to aid cold starting in winter for this reason


I have to grow old - but I don\'t have to grow up
Clutch pedal - up or down? - Altea Ego
I have always started cars with the clutch depressed, petrol or diesel. (well not always I only started doing it when I had a Maestro - any little thing to help starting!!)
Clutch pedal - up or down? - Dynamic Dave
does starting a diesel or petrol engine with the clutch peddle
depressed slightly reduce the load on the starter ? ie it's
not turning a mass of cogs round in a box of
cold glutinous oil.


Correct, but the clutch peddle is best pressed to the floor, rather than just slightly.
Clutch pedal - up or down? - terryb
My old Dad was taught in the Army to depress the clutch when starting, both for the safety aspect and reducing the load. He passed the habit on to me - Except now I drive autos :o)

Terry
 

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