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Discussion in 'Technical' started by VahanPujari, May 15, 2010.

  1. Vijairaj

    Vijairaj Amatore

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    Is it true for Punto also? My portico has a little gradient and I always use the handbrake and also engage the 1st gear.
  2. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    I feel it is better use handbrake for short-term use only even for Punto.
  3. The Punto User Manual does state that. I generally put my car in gear when I am not using my car for more than two days time.
  4. J Ravi

    J Ravi Esperto

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    Bangalore
    Subject to a maximum of 210 seconds.
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  5. Vijairaj

    Vijairaj Amatore

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    Is it safe to just engage the gear without the handbrake considering that my portico has a gradient of ~ 1:15.
    Will this prevent the car from rolling back? I don't use the car regularly but only during the weekends.
  6. I guess then you should look for the wooden wedge (or something similar) that Ravi uses for his Linea. I am not sure what impact hand brake will have if you are not using car for 4-5 days.
  7. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    A couple of times when I engaged only the gear & not the hand brakes, still the "khat-khat" sound came when the car remained idle for more than 2 days.
  8. There is a feature in our cars which blocks the fuel supply and thus reduces chance of fire when an unusually strong impact is detected (likely to be a collision or similar). And there is a small rubbery button near the hinges of left front door which when pressed restores the fuel supply.
    (This information is also given in the manual, I see)
  9. Andy

    Andy Esperto

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    Chembur Mumbai
    Mumbai
    Grande Punto 1.3
    Guys ive tried both methods... Left the car idle with the hand breaks on which i normally do and then tot that noise comes the first time when u move the car cos of hand break... then tried the gear method no diff... its the same.. so i opted back to the normal way i park my car.... use hand break and leave the car in neutral...
    I know during rains the break pads and liners get stuck to the drums but i didnt find ne difference the other way round too...
  10. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    You're right, Andy. THats what I posted earlier. The "khat" noise comes even when you engage gear only without engaging handbrakes. It comes when the car remains idle for more than 1-2 days.

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