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    Is this the preferred option for 1.9 CDTi's?

    Been advised that this is true (I have a 150, not sure if same applies to the 120 model).

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    Its good practice in any manual vehicle, takes any pressure off gears/starter motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HAPPYTREE View Post
    Is this the preferred option for 1.9 CDTi's?

    Been advised that this is true (I have a 150, not sure if same applies to the 120 model).
    with a good battery it makes no difference,by pressing down the clutch you take some transmission drag away,i never press my clutch down when starting my car

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    Always a good idea to remove as much resistance as possible for cranking.

    Means less current draw, therefore less discharge on battery.

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    I always do this, force of habit, didnt know any of the above reasons

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    it also helps if you forget you've left it in gear

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    If the car is not in gear therewill only be 5% drag not realy worth worring about. If you have the release bearing pressed against the cover plate when starting you will find the fingers will wear and then the bearing will go into the cover before you wear the clutch out.

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    as mentioned above, always good practice to lighten cranking load. Also a good safety measure
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    always put clutch down, as said previous. Means you dont have to turn the whole gearbox on startup and definately a good saftey measure at the same time.
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    I always press clutch down, this is actualy due to a little mistake a few years ago.
    Parked the car on the drive about 12" off the corner of the house ( as usual ) got in the next day forgot to check if it was out of gear, cranked it and the car jumped into the corner of the wall. split the bumper, dented the bonnett... we now call that day " my little ooooopps "
    So its always clutch down.... lol

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