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    Default Driving without the clutch

    My friend destroyed his clutch at Santa Pod the other weekend, apparently the hydraulic cylinder failed (effectively the same as the clutch cable snapping). The AA wanted to charge him £130 to 'recover' his vehicle and tow it home.

    Having learned how to drive a manual gearbox car without using the clutch pedal, I offered to drive his car home without using the clutch.. The AA man said it could be done, but he didnt know anyone who could do it other than himself, and he only did it for a short distance.

    Anyways, I drove this Mondeo from Santa Pod to Birmingham, 67 miles without using the clutch once...

    Does anyone else know this trick?

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    Yes, I drove my old Astra (P reg) all the way home from work because i was too lazy to put the clutch cable back on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spoons View Post
    My friend destroyed his clutch at Santa Pod the other weekend, apparently the hydraulic cylinder failed (effectively the same as the clutch cable snapping). The AA wanted to charge him £130 to 'recover' his vehicle and tow it home.

    Having learned how to drive a manual gearbox car without a clutch pedal, I offered to drive his car home without using the clutch.. The AA man said it could be done, but he didnt know anyone who could do it other than himself, and he only did it for a short distance.

    Anyways, I drove this Mondeo from Santa Pod to Birmingham, 67 miles without using the clutch once...

    Does anyone else know this trick?
    Nope but im all ears!

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    Yes done it a few times

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    I driven my old Renault 19 from Barmouth to telford without the clutch after the cable snapped.

    Not too difficult, just need to keep the revs at the right level for the next gear either way. The only real pain is at traffic lights

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    I am curious! How can you do that?! ....

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    Dad taught me, but wouldn't do it on my own car as there's simply no point. Use the revs and it should slide into gear without any crunch what so ever.
    Last edited by mark1319; 12th February 2009 at 20:30.

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    Never even thought it could be done

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    Oh.. and just to add, I never crunched the gears once !!

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    I was taught how to do this when I did my PSV 40 years ago. The bus I was taught on was a 1953 vintage with crash box and it was easier than double de clutching

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