Bonjour mes amis (hello my friends),
My clutch pedal went straight to the floor in my ldv convoy whilst driving through a french town on my way back to brittany from burgundy yesterday evening and after a couple of hours of fiddling around,I still could not bodge it so that it could get me back. The white plastic connector on the end of the cable that connects to the pedal had snapped and I couldnt find anything that would stay upto the pressure when the pedal was pressed.
Finally I decided to continue the last 150 miles or so without the clutch and just hope that I didnt have to stop the van at all on a hill or at all if it was possible,although you can start the van in gear if need be.
I had karma on my side and every junction or roundabout that I came to,I was able to approach at the correct speed and get across without having to stop the van and did so without having to make any agressive moves.
I was a bit worn out when I got back from all the concentration that it needs,but it definately turned what was a fairly normal cross country drive into a memorale moment and has given me that extra bit of driving experience and confidence. I did once go three months without a clutch in my old ford focus estate,so at least new it could be done,though it is harder in the van to do.
I am now on a friends drive and have got wifi,so shall be ordering a new cable tomorrow and will be bak on the road again later this week
For anyone who does not know what to do if your clutch goes- You can select first gear without the engine being switched on and then fire the car up and it will jump forward and off you go in first. After this by playing around with the rev's you can change gear when the rev's and the speed are correct,so as long as you are on an open road you can happily go up through the gears and get upto speed again.
The tricky part is knowing how to handle junctions and roundabouts and I recommend that you do this with extreme caution. If you have to stop your vehicle,you can restart it in first again,although if you are facing uphill then the chance of this happening is very minimal and you may get stuck in an awkward spot.
When approaching said junction drop right back from any other vehicles,as the last thing you need is someone deciding to stop in front of you. Get down into first gear and approach very slowly on tight junctions and if you have good reflexes and can react quickly,you will be able to tell if there is a large enough gap in time and quickly accelerate across,though if in any doubt,stop.
Roundabouts are different,it is better to arrive in second or third gear but slowly,and then you can judge the traffic and nip out into it when an appropiate space appears,although sometime it may help your cause to floor the accelerator and get out before the flow of traffic.
You must slow down quite a bit before it allows the lower gears to be selected.
If you get a stretch of road without traffic,it is a good time to play with the reves and get used to changing the gears,so that when you do get to built up area's or into traffic,you are better prepared.
I only advise that you do this when there are no other options available and you need to get the vehicle somewhere where you can sort out the problem
However,I hope that you never need to be in this situation
Love and light to all