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Offline J A M E S

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Driving without a clutch cable
« on: May 29, 2007, 09:05:21 AM »
How to drive without a clutch cable

I learned this from the AA. My clutch cable snapped and they told me how to drive it home.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2007, 13:20:29 PM »
or, just call the AA and get towed to a garage and get them to fix it LOL
nice one James!

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2007, 13:27:37 PM »
AA won't always take the car, as James found out.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #3 on: May 30, 2007, 09:29:51 AM »
If you have no clutch and you need to change down eg 3rd to 2nd, pull the lever from 3rd to neutral, blip the throttle and slide into 2nd as the revs decrease. Takes a bit of practice but it's simple once you get the knack.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #4 on: June 01, 2007, 23:38:59 PM »
im sorry for being such a tw*t, i hope that you see this messege.,  any one stupid enought to drive a car home with no clutch deserves to be shot.....  It wouldnt matter where in the country i was, if i broke down with a dead clutch i'd sooner wait the 3 or 5 hours for a mate to come than drive it home as you discribed.  I dont think you love your car as much as some of the people here.  Go home (with the clutch working) and shoot yourself and put us all out of our misery.......
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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #5 on: June 01, 2007, 23:53:29 PM »
its easy to drive with no clutch and i think they should teach it on the driving test,
its one of those things that you might need to do sometime
it doesnt hurt anything to do it
in gear, go up the revs, hold gear lever to pull out of gear, put small amount of presure on gearlever, let revs off, as revs drop it will come out of gear with not the slightest noise, rev up a bit, let the revs drop, as they do push into the next gear, not the slightest problem doing it once youve done a couple of changes

One time i left liverpool in a 5 ton van, cable snapped as i got about 10 miles away, i was going to stutgart i had a ferry to meet, middle of the night no chance of geting it fixed in time.....
i phoned the AA said see you at the ferry port and they met me there to fit it,  i drove to dover like that from runcorn, not a problem, new cable fitted 300 miles later and off i went to germany i couldnt have got there without driving with no clutch and would have lost about 6,000 pound id paid for a stand at a show and about 25,000 pound in takings from the show

the only awkward bit is geting to a red light and having to stop, then you ned to stop engine and start in gear driving down the road, but you avoid stopping

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #6 on: June 01, 2007, 23:59:25 PM »
I used to drive trucks with 'Crash' gearboxes and it was so much easier not to use the clutch at all. Only really used it when pulling away. Driving without using the clutch does no harm at all if done properly. No shooting necessary ;D

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2007, 17:46:11 PM »
how'dy ho james,

just writing to say, ive a year under my belt now and im a bit more experienced than when i last posted on this thread.  I experimented with the gear change thing and now have it to a tee.  Only one thing though,  how the hell do you stop and once stopped how do you start off???

cheers and sorry bout the abusive message from ages ago lol
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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2007, 19:44:59 PM »
how'dy ho james,

just writing to say, ive a year under my belt now and im a bit more experienced than when i last posted on this thread.  I experimented with the gear change thing and now have it to a tee.  Only one thing though,  how the hell do you stop and once stopped how do you start off???

cheers and sorry bout the abusive message from ages ago lol

No worries; it didn't bother me what so ever.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #9 on: December 15, 2007, 21:26:38 PM »
I have done this many years ago, only 2 miles from home, sod if i was gonna wait hours for recovery.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #10 on: December 15, 2007, 22:17:07 PM »
lol, Yea I did it on the way back from work the other day! Dead easy in my deisel astra! Real Lazy man driving!

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #11 on: December 16, 2007, 02:25:20 AM »
I did it once in an Austin Mini, from Norwich to East Grinstead, 160 miles lol

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #12 on: December 16, 2007, 02:33:30 AM »
Well Matt, your clutch cable is new so shouldn't snap!.
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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2008, 11:19:12 AM »
Good thread subject!
 
 I learned to drive clutchless 30+ years ago, from my taxi driver boss. I had a fare in the car when the clutch went. They sent another car out for the customers, and the guvnor arrived a few mins later and drove us back to the garage. After I had watched his method it was easy.
 
 As James says, stick it in first before you start the engine.
Turn the key and steer with the other hand for a couple of seconds, a tiny bit of right foot will see you moving nicely. Watch out for kangaroos!
 Once you're moving, and aren't accelerating, you can take the gear lever to neutral and as the revs are dropping, a light pressure by you against the next gear position will usually allow the lever to slide in usually without grinding. Usually! Don't worry if you allow the revs to drop too far, even down to idle, while you're moving,  just back off any the gear lever pressure, rev the engine up a bit, then re try the gear as the revs drop again. You can even do this if the car is going slow enough for first gear.
  Once you've done a couple of smooth changes you'll get the idea.
When you want to change down, take it into neutral, rev the engine up a bit and light pressure against the next gear like before, but while the revs are higher, will usually allow the change.
You should be able to roll up to junctions during the drive, by just knocking it out of gear. Engine off, if you have to stop, into first again, wait for a good gap, turn the key and carry on.

 The V6 is the best engine for smooth clutchless driving by the way. 2nd gear will pull from about 2mph to 60+ !  ;)
So if you're planning on having your clutch blow up, get a V6 first.  :D

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2008, 12:41:03 PM »
Well when I snapped mine once , I have driven only 2 miles or so. :)
It happen 2 miles from my friends workshops part supplier :D

I got new one and fitted on site on a parking lot GG

By the way..on my KTM bike I only use clutch @ 1st gear  ;D

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #15 on: June 22, 2008, 13:08:21 PM »
Go home (with the clutch working) and shoot yourself and put us all out of our misery.......

I think we should just shoot that guy!

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #16 on: June 22, 2008, 17:39:41 PM »
I drove without a clutch in C4 not lot ago at work, the clutch went, major panic in office, we need to get it towed bla bla, no you don't! It can be driven. A lift to said car later and I proved my point!
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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #17 on: November 05, 2008, 14:32:52 PM »
Oddly enough, when I tried this I found that upon taking off I'd already had the engine running.
Pushing it towards (it won't let you push it INTO) first saw the car begin to move slowly..

With a little momentum I upped the revvs, put it straight to second and off I went.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #18 on: November 05, 2008, 16:26:07 PM »
It should be possible to do clutchless changes, although you have to get the revs (engine speed):road speed exactly right.  I'm not very good at it, but my ex-brother-in-law was an expert.  Even then, it is quite difficult to do it without crunching the gearchanges and this is likely to wear the synchromesh off the gears much more quickly.

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #19 on: November 05, 2008, 16:30:29 PM »
I can do it without any thought whatsoever, so much infact that not only do i not have to move the gear lever i also don't have to press the clutch pedal. It's almost as if it's automatic :D

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #20 on: November 05, 2008, 16:34:36 PM »
I can do it without any thought whatsoever, so much infact that not only do i not have to move the gear lever i also don't have to press the clutch pedal. It's almost as if it's automatic :D

Yeah, but I bet you can't bump-start it...  ;D

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #21 on: November 05, 2008, 16:36:23 PM »
Yeah, but I bet you can't bump-start it...  ;D

so true :(

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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #22 on: October 13, 2009, 16:00:57 PM »
I had the cluch cable snap in my old Corsa one night at about 2am in the middle of knowhere. Ended up driving home (15miles) clutchless. Just my luck I met the cops in my hometown who decided to stop me.

When asked what I was doing, I just explained that the cable had snapped earlier and I was just getting it home, which was up a 2 1/2 mile steep hill lol, the cop then turned round and said that would be impossible with no clutch lol!

He wasn't laughing when i turned the key in 1st and tore off up the street exhaust deafening all the neightbours haha!!
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Re: Driving without a clutch cable
« Reply #23 on: February 26, 2010, 16:26:08 PM »
im goin to have to retract my 1st post on this thread.  I was younger and alot stupider then.  The origional topic driving without use of clutch 1st made me mad, then think then got me curious.  I had an old corsa stock car lying about so over the space of a year or so i taught myself the dark art of driving with no clutch using the steps on here.  LOL it was like learning to drive for the 1st time again and involved alot of trail and error.  But now im 100% practiced at it.

Only thing is every car has dfferent rev limits that let it slip into other gears and diesels seem to be that wee bit harder to do but all in all a very usefull skill to know.

Its taken 3 or 4 years but i retract my previous loud mouth statements from this thread, and just think from this thread its started a chain reaction, ive since taught all my mate over in ireland ere to drive this way just incase lol
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