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by Pontoneer
Sat Jan 13, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Have diesel cars got a future?
Replies: 18
Views: 233

Re: Have diesel cars got a future?

It also depends on your intended use : long/short journeys , high/low annual miles , towing ?

Different cars are suited to different tasks .
by Pontoneer
Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

If you mean changing into neutral while still moving (albeit slowly) - I thought that was a bad practice on autos as it can cause damage? I guess it's the same as towing an auto which is explicitly warned against in the manufacturers manuals I've seen. Certainly not with Mercedes-Benz : you can tow...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:10 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

Oh , at this time of year , when icy surfaces can be a problem , worth mentioning that it can be beneficial in an automatic to slip into neutral when coming up to a junction : you then don’t have the back wheels pushing the car on while the fronts are trying to stop it with limited grip - makes a hu...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 9:06 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

Hard to describe , but coming onto the brakes much like any other car - just apply smoothly and firm up progressively .

When almost stopped I lift off the brakes slightly to avoid the last moment snatch , then reapply just coming to the stop .
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Horn sound?
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Horn sound?

Perhaps the phrase ‘not strident’ could be interpreted to include excessive loudness ? At least my cars are at times used for Fire Brigade purposes so I could get away with two tones ( which I don’t have ) as well as the magnetic or dashboard mounted blue lights which I do have and can ( but rarely ...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

Good luck doing 3 stage braking in a modern dual clutch car! ;) Why? Sorry, I should have qualified that with "when coming to a stop". As soon as you ease off pressure on the brake pedal the engine starts pulling again. So do my automatics , but I can ease them to a smooth halt without di...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

I would suggest that is how one should ALWAYS apply the brakes ; to me that is just NORMAL braking , as taught decades ago . One should be equally smooth and progressive with all controls : braking , steering , acceleration . Good luck doing 3 stage braking in a modern dual clutch car! ;) I only dr...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 7:51 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??
Replies: 66
Views: 2369

Re: Flat bottomed steering wheels - why??

Really pedantic people might comment that some helicopters have a ducted fan rather than rotors. And a really annoying pedant might mention NOTAR ;) Yep, still not rudder pedals :) I know there isn’t a rudder as such , but that is how my instructor described them to me ; and pretty sure I’ve seen t...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:29 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Horn sound?
Replies: 8
Views: 562

Re: Horn sound?

Only the driver of that little electric car seems to be wearing a seatbelt , and two sitting in the front passenger seat .... From memory , I think I was once told off following an MOT that the air horns I had at the time were 'too loud' and that he could have failed me for that , but didn't . From ...
by Pontoneer
Sun Jan 07, 2018 12:14 pm
Forum: General Chat
Topic: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)
Replies: 44
Views: 1225

Re: Uh-Oh . . . Trouble in the stable :)

Tapering the braking simply means coming onto the brake pedal with an initial gentle pressure to bring the pads and discs into contact and gently altering the attitude of the car with the weight being moved forward without a jerk, then the braking pressure is firmed up and brake pressure modulated ...

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