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robcod3

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Out for a spin to my parents and I noticed as I was coming up to a roundabout my clutch cable must of gone, somehow I managed to get it into 4th and keep momentum to get around the roundabout, next roundabout was due in 2 miles which gave me plenty of time to worry how I was going to make it, by this stage I managed to get it into 5th but nothing else, bearing in mind this was on an incline(knights hill, Kings Lynn on the way to the coast if you know it). These are busy roads and I really didn't fancy stopping as my parents place was about 5 mile away. Anyway by luck once again I managed to somehow find a gap and by backing off a bit from the car in front managed to get over the roundabout. I had by this stage worked out the best route that would get me the closet to my parents before finally having to stop somewhere, traffic lights etc. anyway this went on corner after corner , turn after turn and every time I managed to somehow to get round slow corners in 5th juddering along. Eventually about 2 ,miles out I was pretty happy that I could at worst push it to my parents but somehow managed to make it to their estate and decided to just go for it round corners in 5th. Anyway I made it and like most things you'd have to be there to appreciate it and how difficult it was and how lucky I was time and time again. In the end it was just the bolt that traps the end of the cable in the clutch lever at the bell housing that had come undone so was a quick fix.

Up until then it had been a blast driving round on a nice day.
Oh and thanks to tiger once again for really coming through with my starter motor troubles Saturday, Paul even gave up his own time he was meant to spend on sorting out his race car. Cheers
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fair play,had the same thing happen a cple of times , last time 10 miles into a group drive out - managed to limp to brekkie about 25 miles on, and then by hook/crook get back home about 45 miles ...luckily most of which was motorway - certainly improved my technique of clutchless changes!
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Little things like that make you realise what a good invention nyloc nuts are.
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That's the weird thing it was a nyloc, I can't work out how it came to completely come off.

Wow that's some serious distance. I never really understand the clutch less change, how do you do it? Presumably you can't do it from a standing start?
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Glad you made it M8. For future ref, I am only a few miles from that location. If you are up this way and need any help, give me a call (PM me for telephone number if you would like it).

Would have happy to help with tools or a tow rope if needed, even get the car in my garage if need to.

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Sounds like a stressful journey but glad you made it.
Not teaching granny to suck eggs, but you know it's not that hard to drive without the clutch by matching revs and road speed to gears?
I had to drive 30 miles home once with no clutch and - apart from having to stop at one set of traffic lights where I stalled to stop but restarted using 1st and the battery, did the whole journey.....
As I say, not taking away from your 5th gear skills - you did well to keep up momentum!
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Sounds like a stressful journey but glad you made it. Not teaching granny to suck eggs, but you know it's not that hard to drive without the clutch by matching revs and road speed to gears? I had to drive 30 miles home once with no clutch and - apart from having to stop at one set of traffic lights where I stalled to stop but restarted using 1st and the battery, did the whole journey..... As I say, not taking away from your 5th gear skills - you did well to keep up momentum! Kai


Agree with that. It is a skill worth learning. I was taught how to drive that way on one of the advanced driving courses I did with the Army and it is something I still practice now. Like Kai say's, getting started is the trickyest part.
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Blimey I'm sort of glad it wasn't just me that's experienced it. That's really interesting about being able to change gear without a clutch. Now a feel a prat for trying to get round in 5th
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LOL, Pop round and see me one day when you are in the area, I'll show you how to do it.

Or maybe I'll see you at Tiger Racing on Saturday.
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Yes I'm hoping to get over Saturday so shall make myself known to you then. Anyone else going?
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My clutch cable snapped on a motorway on the way home from Scotland.....and a month later in the centre of Chester. ..much to my embarassment.
As stated, simply turn off the motor...stick it in first or second, and 'crank' start by turning the key and keeping your foot on the acclerator while still in gear...the car will move forwards, and fire up. It will then move off....Useful for getting out of difficult situations.
After that, just change up by moving into beutral furst of all, and matching the revs.....same as double declutching principles...and again down the box.
A faff...but absolutely no need to stay in fifth......I've driven thrty miles home without a clutch cable like this.
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My clutch cable snapped on a motorway on the way home from Scotland.....and a month later in the centre of Chester. ..much to my embarassment.
As stated, simply turn off the motor...stick it in first or second, and 'crank' start by turning the key and keeping your foot on the acclerator while still in gear...the car will move forwards, and fire up. It will then move off....Useful for getting out of difficult situations.
After that, just change up by moving into neutral first of all, and matching the revs.....same as double declutching principles...and again down the box.
A faff...but absolutely no need to stay in fifth......I've driven thrty miles home without a clutch cable like this.
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