Nov 212013

To stop the car just release the accelerator pedal and if necessary act on the brake pedal. Regardless of the gear engaged and the operating mode activated (Manual or “City”) the system automatically deactivates the clutch and lowers the gears in the gearbox. If it is intended to start off again without having completely stopped the car, the most suitable gear ratio will be available to accelerate again.
When the vehicle is stopped the system automatically engages the first gear.

 Posted by at 8:20 pm
Nov 212013

With the engine on and the vehicle stationary the gears that can be engaged to start are only the first (1), the second (2), and/or reverse (R). To engage the gear, just use the control lever on the tunnel keeping the brake pedal pressed (the buttons on the steering wheel only allow gear engagement at speeds over 10 Km/h.

  • With the vehicle stationary and gear engaged still keep the brake pedal pressed until you actually move off.
  • In long halts with the engine running it is advised to remain idling.
  • If the car has to be parked uphill, do not use the take off manoeuvre to keep the vehicle still, use the brake pedal and only use the accelerator pedal when you decide to move off.
  • Only use the second gear when it is necessary to have better control of the take-off in manoeuvres with poor grip.
  • If , with reverse gear engaged, the first gear is to be inserted, or vice-versa, wait until the vehicle is completely still before operating, and keep the brake pedal pressed.

Although it is most definitely advised against doing so, if when going downhill the vehicle is allowed to proceed in idle gear, when the engagement of a gear is requested the system will automatically engage, according to the speed of the car, the best gear to have the correct transmission of the driving torque to the wheels . If instead, the vehicle proceeds downhill with the gear engaged and the accelerator released, when a set speed value is passed, the system will engage the clutch automatically to give adequate engine braking to the car.

For safety reasons the system activates the warning buzzer when:

  • If during the vehicle start-up manoeuvres the clutch overheats, in this case it is necessary to “force” the starting without hesitating, or otherwise release the accelerator and use the brake pedal to park the car on the slope.
  • If the car goes forward in the opposite direction to the gear engaged (e.g. the vehicle goes forward with the reverse gear engaged). In this case stop the vehicle keeping the brake pedal pressed and engage the correct gear.

Still for safety reasons, with the car stationary, engine running and gear (1)-(2) or (R) engaged, the system activates the buzzer and automatically puts the gear to idling when:

  • no operation is made on the accelerator pedal or the brake pedal for at least 60 s.
  • the brake pedal is kept pressed for more than 3 min .
  • the door on the driver’s side is opened, after 2 seconds the car goes automatically into idling condition.

NOTE: The reverse gear (R) can be engaged from each of these ratios:

  • Idle (N)
  • First (1)
  • Second (2).

If the vehicle is moving, the request is not accepted, you must wait until the car is completely still then request the reverse gear (R) engagement again. The reverse gear engaged condition is indicated to the driver on the display and also by the buzzer. In the same way, in the case of crawling on the reverse gear, the system partially closes the clutch to favour the gear engagement. In this case the engagement of the reverse gear will be less smooth.

 Posted by at 8:02 pm
Nov 212013

The engine start-up can take place with the brake pedal pressed, either with the gear engaged or with the gearbox already in idle (N). With the engine running, the gearbox shows the letter (N) and the system sets the semi-automatic operation (manual).

 Posted by at 7:59 pm
Nov 212013

Before moving the gear control lever the ratio of the gear engaged (N-1-2-3-4-5-R) must be checked on the display. With the vehicle stationary and the brake pedal pressed, gear change requests are accepted and effected “only” from the control lever on the tunnel.

To request a gear change, besides pressing the brake pedal, it is necessary:

  • To increase the gear (+) push the lever forward (if the car is in first gear it passes to second, if it is in second gear it passes to third and so forth, up to fifth gear).
If the system is idling (N) or in reverse gear (R) pushing the lever forward engages the first gear.
  • To decrease the gear (-) push the lever back (if the car is in fifth gear it passes to fourth, if it is in fourth it passes to third and so forth down to first gear).
Engagement control lever (+), (-)

Engagement control lever (+), (-)

To set the gear to idling (N) with the vehicle stationary and the brake pedal pressed, move the gear control lever to the right.

Control lever (in "idle" position)

Control lever (in “idle” position)

From any gear, (N-1-2-3-4-5-R) with the vehicle practically still, the reverse gear can be engaged by pushing the lever to the right and then backward. If the vehicle is moving, the request is not accepted. Wait for the vehicle to stop then engage the reverse gear again.

Control lever (engaging the reverse gear)

Control lever (engaging the reverse gear)

After the gear has been changed, release the control lever immediately.
A prolonged manoeuvre (more than 6 s) causes the gearbox fault warning light to switch on , the sounding of the buzzer and the automatic change-over to “City” mode. All this disappears when the gear lever is released.
If the car is to be left on a sloping road and you want to engage a gear to keep it braked, it is most important to check on the display the indication of the new gear engaged, then wait 1 or 2 seconds before releasing the brake pedal to allow the clutch to engage completely. If the car is in idle gear, the driver will hear the buzzer sound.

 Posted by at 7:51 pm
Nov 212013

When the door on the driver’s side is opened, Selespeed starts the hydraulic electric pump to have the system ready for the engine ignition. This function can be perceived by the electric pump rotating for a few seconds. When the engine ignition key is turned to “MAR”, all the gear display segments light up. After about one second, the display indicates the gear engaged in the gearbox (N-1-2-3-4-5-R) and the gearbox fault warning light switches off, indicating that the hydraulic system is running and as from this moment the Selespeed system accepts gear change commands.

 Posted by at 7:49 pm