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Hillstart
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Anybody else..

Post by Hillstart » Thu May 16, 2019 5:24 pm

Had a problem with hill starts on very steep hills. 95 SE TECH. manual. I have built and driven most things including competition cars, but have recently struggled twice with the Arona.
First time in Wales. Four up, on a steep downhill tarmac road blocked by a landslip. Impossible to reverse without abusing the clutch, which smelt badly immediately. Waited till landslip was cleared.
Then moved on downhill.
Then today leaving Mousehole in Cornwall, only wife and I in the car and again very steep dry tarmac road. Came across a large motorhome, too big for the narrow road. This meant 4 hill starts in first gear. Not so bad, but again involving excessive clutch slip and smell of burning friction plate, in order to move off. Never experienced such a problem in very many years driving every type of vehicle you can imagine. Anyone experienced anything similar?


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Brian566
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Post by Brian566 » Thu May 16, 2019 5:44 pm

I don't think this just applies to the Arona
New clutch material is very poor and we tend to demand lighter clutches.
I burnt a Fiesta out stuck on mud on wet grass when I was forced into to it
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Elevenses
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Post by Elevenses » Fri May 17, 2019 12:39 pm

Modern cars do not have big old clutches like older ones, and you will experience this under excessive conditions like you suggested!

The smell of burning clutch is only going to be experienced rarely. Think yourself lucky you don't live in one of these areas, a proper (not DSG) auto would be best!

My Mii and current Arona 115 both suffer on these rare occasions. The Yeti TDi did not, must have had a bigger clutch, in addition to lower revs and more torque...


Hillstart
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Re: Anybody else..

Post by Hillstart » Fri May 17, 2019 7:23 pm

Thank you. I did wonder if it was just mine. I am a bit concerned that the clutch is not up to hill starts on some British roads. Any one loving in Mousehole should maybe buy something else. There are also warranty issues, as a failed clutch is not covered, as it is put down to driver abuse. Leaving the village you live in, every day, should not be an excuse to avoid responsibility for poor design and specification. What do you think?


Elevenses
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Post by Elevenses » Mon May 20, 2019 1:56 pm

Worn out clutches are far less common than in days of yore!

Friction materials have changed from good old Asbestos to modern composites, which smell at a lower temperature, so perhaps a sign of the times.

If you lived there, you would probably learn to have a good look ahead to avoid stopping as much!! :-)


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