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Discussion in 'Safety First!' started by K_K, Jan 27, 2011.

  1. K_K

    K_K Amatore

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    Bangalore
    Hi all I needed some advice on driving uphill very steep !!

    As i encountered a problem while travelling recently I was going uphill the car was loaded with 4ppl and car was in 3rd gear and was unable to climb up so i shifted down and then it started to struggle and so i had to step down the gear to 1st and the engine got switched off and stated giving various errors and beeps and i think it said check oil check that this etc etc .

    I am not sure wat was it due to and so I feeel i need some driving tips from d experts here

    Thx inn advance. :uh
  2. rajeev_pillai

    rajeev_pillai Regolare

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    Kochi, Kerala
    Grande Punto 1.2
  3. K_K

    K_K Amatore

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    Bangalore
    Hi Rajeev this is similar to that but here my engine got shut down gave me errors how ever the 1st part s similar if the mods consider this as the same pls shift this to that topic and kindly advice on the same.

    Actually i was at a good speed suddenly saw a major pot hole hat to slow dwn

    Mods Note: Pls avoid SMS lingo as it causes inconvenience to the members/ readers.
    Last edited by a moderator: Apr 14, 2011
  4. karan desai

    karan desai Superiore

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    do you mean the car did no move after that? for uphill you simply have to keep the revs high. whenever you see the rpm dipping shift to a lower gear. the engine constantly has to be above 2000rpm mark. otherwise the engine will stall and give all the errors. i hope this helps as theoretically this is all we can say.
  5. Chaos

    Chaos Regolare

    when you stall the car in gear...
    it gives the above errors you stated.. insufficient engine, check engine.. or oil pressure low etc..

    nothing to worry about that.. i actually found those MID messages quite funny.. to check the engine as if it ran away or something..
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  6. R Alavandar

    R Alavandar

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    Chennai
    The Check engine warning is more serious and cannot be taken lightly. It may even be due to incorrect firing order, all channels of accelerator not working, etc. (yes, the accelerator pedal is nothing but a rotary variable resistor and electronically controls the throttle). After stopping the engine or even after disconnecting and reconnecting if the alarm recurs on starting the engine and persistent, then it needs to be attended by a service engineer. I faced this after I drove in and out of a deep puddle of water even Sumo and Scorpio were avoiding. With the check engine alarm on the top speed was only 80 kmph. I drove straight to the service centre and got it rectified.
  7. vIjAy_kHaSa

    vIjAy_kHaSa Esperto

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    R Alavandar
    Chaos was talking of Errors on MID when the car stalls due to lower speed @ higher gear. He was not mentioning the Check Engine Light which is Yellow triangle
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  8. R Alavandar

    R Alavandar

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    Hi Vijay, Thanks. All I wanted to say was there is nothing funny about "check engine" message on the dash and this message has to be given its due. Couple of times a faced this message once on my Marina- situation was serious - root cause was timer belt pulley was loose. Once on Linea - water ingressed into air filter and various sensors leading to two accelerator channels not working (out of four) and reduced engine out put. Regds.
  9. VahanPujari

    VahanPujari Staff Member Janitor

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    As karan mentioned, while going uphill, just keep the revs high. In case you see it dipping, press the clutch immediately & downshift. Do not release the clutch fully but release it slowly. Engine stalls due to timing difference, i.e. clutch is released fully & the car is in higher gear than what is required.
  10. R Alavandar

    R Alavandar

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    My uphill driving techniques are as follows:-
    1. Down shift gear well in time. Do not let the rpm drop. Do not let the engine struggle.
    2. Keep AC off (even if the engine power is sufficient, if the weather permits) and open the windows - two fold advantage - extra power for better speed and you can listen to the horn/noise of vehicle which is beyond the curve and not yet in view.
    3. Always horn well before each turning and hair pin.
    4. Tell your co-driver to look vertical up the road (while approaching hair pin bends) and to warn you of any down coming traffic. If nil down coming traffic, take a long bend accelerating all the time, without dropping speed. (keep an alert person in co-driver seat)
    5. At some places you may see even three or four turns ahead depending on road contour.. In case the road is narrow, take refuge at appropriate place from heading in traffic, especially buses and trucks.
    6. Always give way to a vehicle coming up hill if you are driving down hill.
    7. Thank with two short hoots for courtesy shown by other drivers.
    8. Travel day time. Avoid heavy traffic times. Plan well.
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