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    Default On the road again!

    As some of you may know, I've not driven for nearly 3 months now. It was awful seeing the car parked in the yard every day. That has changed now Been for a run this morning, taking it easy for now (for me, not the car, )

    I have a couple of questions for you knowledgeable member though...

    - The car was not started for nearly 3 months. It started first time this morning and runs / drives lovely.

    - Seems quite smokey when accelerating.

    - There is a clunk noise when I release the handbrake and move off.

    - The brakes grind when I press the pedal firmly (new brakes 6 months ago).

    - Changing gear a little stiff.

    The car was fine before it was parked up. Any ideas people?

    Thank yoooooooooooou


    edit...sorry if posted wrong section. couldn't post in troubleshooting

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    Due to it been sitting brakes will be ok once used regular again

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    Handbrake and brake noise is the same thing corrosion and rust on the disks it will clear. Stiff gears and smoke will probably go with use

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    Thank you guys Just as I thought, needed re-assuranse though. Hoping to do a long run across France this week, dependant on how my ankle is (for the clutch). Just want to get out for a run, Been stuck in this house for weeks

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    Quote Originally Posted by mattv6diesel View Post
    Handbrake and brake noise is the same thing corrosion and rust on the disks it will clear. Stiff gears and smoke will probably go with use


    my dads was the same its because of the lack of use
    and nothing being used . his back brakes had locked
    had to free them with wd40
    after a week of using it it was back to normal

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    Glad you are on the road again Tanya

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    I had the same with my old siggy the other day, not been moved in nearly 2 months. Got on the main road and drove with my foot on the brake and throttle for 5-600yards all was good, then drove for about 200 yards with handbrake on one notch just for good measure. Then once she had warmed up, gave her the beans to give her a clear out

    My other car. 1972 1641cc slammed beetle. On the road finally!!

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    Thank you guys Gave my babe "the beans" today. WOW!!! Lots of black smoke but has now cleared. The brakes are much better and not noisy, and gear changing is smooth. 230bhp is just awsome. A rude awaken for my car Looking to do a run across France this week

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    Quote Originally Posted by gaz1965 View Post
    Glad you are on the road again Tanya
    Thank you. But for how long? A long time I hope x

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    Welcome back Tanya ...try to keep your ankle in one piece this time for a little longer than the last time

    Glad our sorted again and they your back to enjoying your car

    0-Large smile ......every time it's driven

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