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